Residents reject extra signal pole

2019-05-21 06:01
Philander listening to the views of an intimate group of residents.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Philander listening to the views of an intimate group of residents.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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Tensions rose high as a small group of residents gathered in the street to interact with their ward councillor Solomon Philander on Saturday.

The ward 79 councillor said that he had initially called the meeting to get a sense from the residents about a cell mast that is scheduled to be installed in the area.

The few residents who turned out all sang in unison that they did not want the installation in their area.

They came up with reasons to support their collective disapproval. They claimed they were not properly consulted about the installation.

Besides that, there are already three giant poles in the area, they said. Adding that they do not see a necessity for another pole as the situation was not bad in terms of network signal. They said their network connection was operating quite freely. They also said a cell mast tampers with Radio Frequency (RF) which leads to the remotes for their gates not working.

According to them, an installation of this nature could cause some sickness.

“It causes cancer and so if we have a lot of them in the area we will fall sick,” said Jeff Brown, one of the residents.

Philander took note on his minutes that the residents do not welcome the idea of a cell mast.

He gave them another opportunity to also vent out about other issues they felt they had in the area.

They came up with a range of matters they were not happy with. They spoke about two children’s parks that they said lacked proper infrastructure. They expressed that police were not effective when it comes to tackling crime.

“There is also a drain down there that overflows even if there is no rain and we have been complaining about it for a long time,” explained Brown.

He said that the drain once spilled over on Christmas Day while they were having a meal and for him, that was distasteful and embarrassing.

Philander assured them that he was there to serve them and not to loot.

“You elected me to represent you; I will never steal your money. I still drive the same car I drove in 2011,” he reassured them.

He recorded all their grievances and said he would speak to relevant people as some of the issues were not ward-related but needed local government attention.

He made reference to the drain spillage problem.

He also encouraged them to take care of their facilities.

They told him if there were those facilities like the park, they would take care of them.

They challenged him to improve the standard of the facilities and they will in turn take care of them.

He also urged them to never tire of knocking on his door when they have some uncertainties.

When asked if he was happy with the number of the residents who attended, he said he was.

“Look, it is a weekend, people have things to do but from my side I am happy because I made an effort to spread the message about (today),” he concluded.

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