Weca determined to transform area

2019-03-05 06:01
The International Peace Youth Group cleaning along the Castletown Road.

The International Peace Youth Group cleaning along the Castletown Road.

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Young and old were united under the umbrella of grime and grind at Castletown Road on Saturday 23 February.

People responded to a call by a newly found Wynberg Civic Association (Weca) aimed at unifying the community through a clean up.

On the day, the focus was on cleaning the wall in preparation of an upcoming mural installation project.

Chairperson of the Civic Judy Ferdenando says from the open meetings and communications made with the public it was indicated that a mural would be best suited for the wall and now they are in the final stages of brainstorming for ideas.

She says cleaning the wall was the first step and “we are glad with the public participation we saw over the weekend. The turn out was great and everyone shared the same goal.”

She says they welcome ideas from the community in general as well as involving local schools, encouraging learners to have an input in the plan.

Ferdenando says they will also be working with different stakeholders such as law enforcements and local artists to make this a success.

“It has to be something meaningful to the entire community.”

She says working closely with the community is what civics are about and the establishment of the Weca is aimed “at reclaiming and returning Wynberg to its glory. It used to beautiful suburb with a rich heritage, but in the absence of the Civic we saw all that deteriorating.”

She says almost a year since the Civic came to life and being busy in the background, it is now coming out with ambitions and a line-up of ideas of what needs to be done to improve the community.

“It has been noted that there are no youth friendly facilities, crime rate is also on the rise and grime continue to be an issue. We want to focus on those key areas, working closely with the neighbourhood watches and law enforcements. We also have a sub committee that deals with litter and all grime related issues and are also busy working on youth and skills development plans,” she says.

The Civic cannot reveal much at this stage as they are still in consultations, engaging with potential stakeholders that we would like to bring on board. However, they believe together they will achieve good results.

One of the residents who helped with the clean-up is Faheem Harris. He says it has been clear over the years that Civic was needed in Wynberg and was happy to see it coming to life.

“I knew I had to be part and I have joined the grime committee. It was good to see people coming from different areas cleaning the wall, it was long overdue.”

The clean-up was held in partnership with local law enforcements, Prasa and the International Peace Youth Group.

During the clean up law enforcers present, helped police to make an arrest of an woman who was allegedly in possession of drugs.


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