A dialogue among local leaders in Gugulethu is set to create a platform where concerned residents can voice their frustrations and plot a way forward.
The meeting which was hosted by Dr Spiwo Xapile of the JL Zwane Community Centre took place last Friday.
Community leaders, residents, religious leaders as well NGOs attended the meeting and the number of attendees was more than that expected.
Xapile noted that they were happy to see that many non-governmental organisations had come to the fore and wanted to be part of the solution and even gave a word of advice.
“However what is important is that people who run non-governmental organisations should make sure that their organisations are up and running.
Sometimes you find an NGO whose ideas you love only to find out that they are not a registered entity,” said Xapile.
Xapile said that she was happy about the turnout and noted that this was proof that there was an interest in the future of Gugulethu.
“We have been engaging leaders since last year and they have been very excited about this process and this is beginning of the process,” said Xapile.
Gugulethu Development Forum’s Samora Nompunga said that what was interesting about the dialogue was that it would help pave the way forward.
“We have found that structures in Gugulethu are not well conducted and there is no connection between them and we hope this will be a good platform for that,” he said.
GDF member Xolile Ndzoyi, lamented the fact that the township was close to celebrating 60 years but there was still lack of development. “We need to learn from a place like Khayelitsha which is much younger but has seen massive development. We need to sit down and plan a way forward especially regarding the activities of the 60 years anniversary,” he said.