Protests yield results

2018-07-03 06:00

Westlake protests might have positive results as the City of Cape Town promises solutions that meet the demands of the community.

Residents had marched along Steenberg Drive, between Westlake and Alphen Shopping Centre, disrupting traffic, including Orpen and Spaanschemat River, on Monday 4 June (“Leaders commit to residents,” People’s Post, 12 June).

A memorandum was handed over to ward councillor Penny East. Grievances included housing development in Westlake, poor service at their local clinic, an unsafe bridge linking the community to a nearby Steenberg Village Shopping Centre, uncleanliness and blockages of drains.

Two meetings between the council and residents have been held during the course of June.

In both meetings residents reportedly turned down responses brought to them by Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews.

At the meeting, both the councillor and Andrews reportedly told residents there was no budget for any development and the City would get back to them once solutions were established. According to residents, officials failed to give time frames for valid feedback. This angered the community, leading to them demanding a conclusive response.

Andrews has revealed that following these meeting the City has taken immediate action and the City’s housing database unit has reportedly started registering community members on the housing database and updating the details of previously registered residents.

He says: “Parcels of land have been identified. The City is investigating who the landlords are and whether this land is feasible for development. A team will also go door to door to assist qualifying residents to apply for indigent grants.”

Responding to the issue of drains and cleanliness, Andrews says the bridge has been vandalised and the City has considered the proposal that a cement bridge be built as an alternative.

He says dumping is a challenge across the city.

“However, residents are requested to report all blocked drains via the C3 reporting system. The City will arrange for a team to visit Westlake to check meters that are leaking and to assist residents to apply for a water allocation increase.”

Amanda Nobanda, a resident, says they are waiting for a meeting where the City will officially give a response.

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