‘Quick fixes’ outlined for ward 74

2018-06-19 06:01
Ward 74 committee members with ward councillor Roberto Quintas and subcouncil chairperson Matthew Kempthorne during their quarterly meeting. PHOTOs: Nomzamo Yuku

Ward 74 committee members with ward councillor Roberto Quintas and subcouncil chairperson Matthew Kempthorne during their quarterly meeting. PHOTOs: Nomzamo Yuku

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The councillor of ward 74, Roberto Quintas, outlined his quarterly priorities for the next three months at a committee meeting in the local library on Tuesday 12 June.

Quintas says he holds these sorts of meetings to make sure services are delivered according to the needs of the community. After a more than hour-long meeting, where committee members informed him about what their community requires, he announced his list of “quick fixes” that are expected to be carried out before the next meeting in August.

Asked about the budget and timeframes for each of the quick fixes, he said funding is not an issue for the municipality, but rather time and availability of space to roll out the projects. He said there is currently an issue of land invasions and re-blocking leading to delays.

“Most of our projects normally run in an average of 24 months but this varies due to different effects including legal processes which tend to drag longer than expected and we need a court order to move people while construction takes place.”

The list comprises:

. Evaluating safety and security and finding solutions for the delays in the screening of volunteers who wish to join the Community Policing Forum and neighbourhood watches and the provision of resources to these law enforcement members.

. Looking at the electrification project for the informal settlements – the project is expected to benefit about 100 residents of Imizamo Yethu. However, he said the speed of the process depends on the success of the Road One project. Road One is currently underway and officials are reportedly looking at infrastructure re-blocking to allow connectivity. This could be a 24-month long process.

. The proceedings of the legal eviction application which is already in court. He said the City of Cape Town has to relocate some households in order to implement some of its plans in the ward.

. Skateboarding development which he said is much needed in the community as there have been concerns about youth skating in dangerous parts of the roads, especially in Hangberg. He said however that although a skatepark would be ideal in Hangberg, the community does not have space to build a skatepark, meaning the project will be placed Imizamo Yethu.

. Taxi violence is one of the issues he said needs immediate attention. He said there would be a meeting between various stakeholders to address the issue and come up with solutions. Quintas said the community of Hout Bay had recently lost two people to violence and they were disappointed in the manner in which Hout Bay police had handled the matter. He alleged that police had failed to intervene, saying taxi violence was not in their mandate, and this had resulted in the deaths. He said it will be proposed that within the Law Enforcement Department there be a division specifically looking at taxi violence. Quintas condemned taxi violence.

Committee members agreed that these were areas that needed prioritisation in their communities.

Anthea Leppington said intervention is desperately needed as the Hout Bay Neighbourhood Watch has a long waiting list of people wanting to join. She said the sooner they have more members the better they will can create safer communities in their demarcations. She urged authorities to intervene in finding solutions to the “broken relationship” between the community and the police, saying they cannot afford to continue losing lives because the police refuse to help.

Clifford Nogwavu emphasised the need to look at the Amandla construction road development because although it is a great project for Steve Biko Road, residents were left exposed to flooding. “Although residents are happy with the project, they are requesting that City of Cape Town provides a channel that will help with flood drainage from the upper part of the road down to the storm drainage near the police station.” He also advised that the council should improve communication with the community as silence sometimes leads to panic.

Hout Bay police rejected the reports that they had refused to help. Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch, the station’s spokesperson, said police had attended to a shooting incident where 43-year-old Phindile Parafien had been badly injured and had later died at Groote Schuur Hospital.

The ward committee’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 August.

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