The Speaker of Council, Cllr Nonceba Molwele, hosted the first hybrid IDP meeting for Region A in Rabie Ridge Hall on Saturday, 17 April 2021.
More than 100 community members joined the meeting virtually while the Rabie Ridge Hall hosted less than 50% of its capacity as required by the adjusted Level 1 Lock-down regulations for strict adherence to all Covid-19 public health and containment requirements, particularly those relating to gatherings and social distancing.
Cllr Molwele was accompanied by Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Economic Development, Cllr Lawrence Khoza, who is also MMC deployed to oversee Region A, MMC for Development Planning, Cllr Thapelo Amad, and Regional Director Abigail Ndlovu.
Cllr Molwele, who was also programme director for the day, encouraged residents to engage robustly in the discussions. “This meeting is for the community to engage with us as your caring Government of Local Unity, we are here to listen to you” she said.
When presenting the overview of the progress and challenges in the region, Cllr Khoza said the efforts of the Government of Local Unity are focused on ensuring that residents get the services they deserve and to improving the quality of life.
“The development of infrastructure in Ebony Park, Diepsloot and Ivory Park is in the top of our agenda and electrification of informal settlements in the area will certainly be accelerated,” said MMC Khoza.
Director Ndlovu focused on the infrastructure rollout, stormwater upgrade, road resurfacing and electrification of informal settlements reflecting what the community requested at the last year’s IDP and what the City has delivered (You said – We did ) approach.
She highlighted the completed of gravel roads surfacing in Ivory Park wards 77 & 80, the completed Kaalfontein gravel roads upgrade project phase 2 & 3 in ward 92 as well as electrification of informal settlements, Block M /OR Tambo, Thulani Section, Chris Hani, and Lindokuhle West.
Her face lit up when she talked about the Lanseria Mega City Project. “When the project starts, I expect each and every one should be working more especially our youth, not unless you are lazy,” said Ndlovu.
She said the project will boost the economy of the region and will create job opportunities for the youth of Region A. She did admit that there are still challenges and the City needed to do more to improve the lives and livelihoods of the community.
One of the residents, who joined the meeting virtually, Yoliswa Thwala, said in ward 77 they request that the Kusasa bridge and the stormwater stream from Mikateka to Ext 13 needed to be closed because it is causing air pollution. She said the stream is also turning into an illegal dumping site. She added that the uncontrolled land invasions and building within the wetlands will result in increased flooding in places like Diepsloot.
In his response, MMC Amad reassured residents that the City will not allow lawlessness in the City, the increasing land grabs in the City will not be tolerated and called on law enforcement agencies to act tougher against perpetrators.
Written by Luyanda Lunika