Support local business Support local business

2015-11-17 06:00

I want to urge all the residents to make good use of what’s in our ward.

Residents should be aware that we need to make use of local facilities.

If residents of the ward use library facilities in other wards instead of our own facilities, it impacts on circulation and membership statistics, which has a knock-on effect on upgrading and funding and staffing. The bottom line is, by not using facilities in the ward, it can negatively impact on our funding and potential upgrading and even sponsorship opportunities.

The same goes for shopping. I would prefer residents to do the bulk of their shopping by supporting the local businesses – support the Pick n Pay, Spar, Shoprite or other supermarkets in the ward instead of shopping at the bigger shopping malls outside our area.

If we don’t support local businesses, they will not be economically viable. Local businesses will have to close down and leave us with no option but to do our shopping in the malls. However, if we do the bulk of our weekly or monthly shopping at shops in the ward, those businesses will prosper and it can potentially pave the way for more employment opportunities.

Residents must also report wrong things or what they want fixed in the ward through the C3 system or come to my office. If the residents in our ward also report problems, things can be fixed. However, we must also move beyond complaining. Report people who dump their rubbish on sidewalks and open fields – take photos, don’t let people get away with making slums of our communities.

Lisa Mcbride, Ward 56 councillor

I want to urge all the residents to make good use of what’s in their ward.

Residents should be aware that we need to make use of local facilities.

If residents of one ward use library facilities in other wards instead of their own facilities, it impacts on circulation and membership statistics, which has a knock-on effect on upgrading and funding and staffing. The bottom line is, by not using facilities in your ward, it can negatively impact on the ward’s funding and potential upgrading and even sponsorship opportunities.

The same goes for shopping. I would prefer residents to do the bulk of their shopping by supporting their local businesses – support the local Pick n Pay, Spar, Shoprite or other supermarkets in your ward instead of shopping at the bigger shopping malls outside your area.

If we don’t support local businesses, they will not be economically viable. Local businesses will have to close down and leave us with no option but to do our shopping in the malls. However, if we do the bulk of our weekly or monthly shopping at shops in the ward, those businesses will prosper and it can potentially pave the way for more employment opportunities.

Residents must also report wrong things or what they want fixed in their ward through the C3 system or contact their local councillor. If residents report problems, things can be fixed. However, we must also move beyond complaining. Report people who dump their rubbish on sidewalks and open fields – take photos, don’t let people get away with making slums of our communities.

Lisa Mcbride, Kensington

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