THE Uvongo Community Safety Forum held its annual general meeting (AGM) at the Uvongo Library recently.The meeting covered a variety of issues affecting the area, including the ongoing petition against newly promulgated Ray Nkonyeni Municipality “nuisance” by-laws and illegal electricity connections along Alamein Avenue. Ward Councillor George Henderson unpacked the ongoing petition against the “continuous flouting” of newly promulgated municipal by-laws. The petition was initiated after the South Coast beach picnic event hosted at St Michaels beach earlier this year saw residents complain that the newly promulgated RNM “nuisance” by-laws were not enforced.The petition was then initiated to put pressure on the municipality to enforce the by-laws which are primarily to deal with public drinking, noise and public indecency.Henderson said that if the municipality did not respond to the petition, a march to the municipality would follow. He said 1 000 signatures are required for the petition to be submitted to the municipality and he encouraged residents to join.The ongoing problem of illegal electricity connections on Alamein Avenue was also discussed and attendants expressed their views of the effects of the illegal connections. Forum chairperson Ernest Booysen said due to the ongoing instances of illegal connections in spite of efforts from Eskom and the SAP to curb the problem, a more long-term solution is required to deal with the problem. Booysen said that it is a futile exercise to stop the illegal connections, and for the safety of all residents, it is therefore thought that a more long-term solution is needed.“The view is that the municipality must supply the infrastructure for electricity supply to Masinenge. “However, there is a lot of red tape and other concerns that need to be taken into account,” said Booysen. A report back at the AGM revealed that there were 11 reported housebreakings in the area for the month of January, down eight from 19 reported incidents in December 2017. Special thanks to the SAPS members, RNM Protection Services and Block Watch members for their outstanding performance over the December 2017 holiday period.