Maimane promises good governance in KZN

2015-06-02 12:51
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DA Leader Mmusi Maimane visited the Phoenix Plaza in Durban as part of his Freedom Fairness and Opportunity tour. View the pics from his visit here.

Durban - Their brand is one of good governance, and that is evident everywhere they lead, DA Leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday.

Maimane was speaking to residents in Phoenix, northwest of Durban, on Tuesday morning as part of his Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity Tour.

At Rinkgreen Walk, Kuki Ntsele, 35, told Maimane that several promises had been made by other parties but none had been fulfilled.

“We want jobs. When we take our CVs they want to know which party you are voting for before they give you a job. We want the RDP houses that we have been promised. The conditions in which we are living now are appalling,” said Ntsele.

Maimane promised Ntsele he would follow up on the issues.

“You are right, many parties go out into the community and make promises but nothing happens. Let me tell you something, nothing will change until you change your vote and that is why I am here. I have come to listen to you,” said Maimane.

Maimane then visited a market at the Phoenix Plaza where he spoke to some of the traders.

‘So many problems’

Pam Mora, the former chairperson of the market, told Maimane that she had worked there for 17 years.

“There are so many problems, maybe you need to come to my house to hear all of them. I have been here for 17 years and we have been crying in this market. If you look at every shopping mall around Phoenix and Durban, they all have a drawcard. This is what we need in this market, something that would attract the residents to come. They took us from the streets and they put us here and we are dying financially.

“We trade from 9:00 to 14:00 and whatever you make, you must be thankful.  We have no joy working here. Many parties have come to us and although this is a DA ward the DA has never worked for us,” said Mora.

At the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) offices across the market, Thulukanam Pillay, 57, told Maimane that she had been waiting since early this morning.

“I really need help. I have no support. My husband died 22 years ago and I have no source of income. I need help to buy groceries,” said Pillay, who was waiting to renew her disability grant.

Sassa Phoenix office manager Vasu Govender explained to Maimane how processes worked and what some of the challenges facing the office were.

“The challenge we have here is with elderly people – we have a problem with their fingerprints. Otherwise we don’t have a lot of problems. There are no backlogs or long queues,” said Govender.

Question of services

Speaking shortly after the visits, Maimane said there were key questions about economic development that were raised, especially with people struggling to find jobs.

“As I leave here there are questions of social services and that speaks to our value of fairness in how we make sure that those who are disabled and those who cannot find work get the best service in a fair manner.

“The ultimate goal is to make sure that we do our job as the opposition and with the view of being the government here in KZN. We believe there has been a tremendous amount of growth in KZN. With that said, there are opportunities to grow in new areas and there is a great sense of momentum that we can carry forward,” said Maimane

DA provincial leader Zwakele Mncwango said he would take the issues to council. “The major crises here are in housing and health. The residents really feel like they have been ignored by council. I will speak to Councillor Nigel Gumede about the housing issues,” said Mncwango.

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