A few Wynberg residents believe it is time to turn things around and make their suburb a better place.
Over the years the area has seen an increase in crime and homelessness.
The aggrieved residents continue to complain about betting clubs that they believe have opened the door to loitering, drug dealing and prostitution.
A meeting of residents was held on Monday last week to discuss these problems and come up with solutions.
They also drew up a petition called “Clearing our streets of Wynberg”. It has over 250 signatures so far.
Evariste Umba, the driving force, says: “Our problem is betting clubs. One closed down and another opened up without proper public participation. This is a big problem and we will be submitting information and our complaints to the relevant authorities.
“Homelessness, crime, drugs, loitering, lack of proper sanitation, the number of streets vendors, deterioration of some streets and housing are some of the issues we are tackling.”
They plan to send their proposal – with the problems as well as their suggested solutions – to the Mayco member for area South, the provincial gambling board and the premier.
“We believe it is time to act and deal with our problems,” he says.
In some areas where there is little upkeep, Umba says, dumping and rats are surfacing.
“It was reported that the number of rats is increasing in Langley Road because of dirt and other things.
“We are calling on everyone in the community to work with us so that we can clean up the area.
“This is a beautiful place and working together we can do so much more. There is a way out for all our problems; we just have to work together,” says Umba.