Community projects need to be nurtured

The DA in Ekurhuleni believes the ANC-led metro is not doing enough to uplift communities.

The DA in Ekurhuleni believes the ANC-led metro is not doing enough to uplift communities.

According to the DA’s Clr Heather Hart, it was clear that people are being failed at even a basic level.

This comes after the City Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Oversight Committee visited key community projects,

“At the Tembisa Business Park there is a claimed 22 office units. While it was not yet officially open at the time of the visit, the DA was concerned about the lack of visible security guards. This concern was justified as not long after the DA’s visit, the premises were broken into.

“The thieves gained access and stole an undisclosed amount of computer equipment, mostly from the Fab Lab, estimated to be worth over R1-million,” said Clr Hart.

According to Clr Hart, the Bomba Sibiya Industrial Hive and Computer Centre opened in September 2009. She said the building has already degraded, with the parking area covered in litter and weeds.

“The Thokoza Traders market, a rather impressive and well-built market, is fast becoming an eyesore. The outside pavement is in a mess and the grids covering the storm water drains are already rusting. The DA wants to know who is responsible for the maintenance of these building and if there was a fixed period for the use of these facilities, as the amount of rapid urban decay occurring across our metro is a concern. We are letting the residents down,” she said.

Clr Hart said more should be done to ensure that these crucial sites are maintained and looked after, in the interest of the community and the metro.

A request for comment was sent to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality’s (EMM) communications department on Thursday last week.

Ms Lebogang Ramashala, a spokesperson for the EMM, said on Monday that she still had to check with her superiors for a response.

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