‘We want our plots’

2018-04-24 06:01

Residents of the Village Heights informal settlement say they are missing on the radar when it comes to development in the area.

The informal settlement will soon have been in existence for 13 years, yet residents say development has been coming at a very slow pace for them compared to other informal settlements around them. Out of frustration, they took to the streets last week to demand answers. The community also called for answers to be in black and white and not only verbal, as they “never come to fruition”.

The community says they were promised serviced plots last year, but almost a year later they are still waiting.

Aysha Davids, Village Heights community leader, says the community is angry and now as community leaders they are looking like liars.

“The upcoming budget discussions just made it worse for our people. They see other areas are going to get clinics, others get this and that, and nothing was said about their serviced plots. That made them upset and they took to the streets to demand answers. They are tired of waiting – they want things written down and the City of Cape Town to come with a timeframe of when things will be done, but they are not getting that. They want to know where they stand, and us as leaders, we can’t say, we can only liaise with the councillor, and we seem to be getting nothing from her,” says Davids­.

Davids says as much as there are projects for soccer and netball, that is not what they want.

“This is not a priority for us. We want the serviced plots as promised. The community is saying, please call all the relevant officials and do a presentation for us; let us know what is going on so that we have an understanding. But as it stands we are in the dark and that is making people angry. All we are saying is tell us the plan, let us know when things will be done.”

Ward councillor Gerry Gordon says she is working around the clock and Village Heights is first on the list of projects planned for the ward. “I give feedback to the people and I will continue doing so.V Continued on page 2.

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