Residents of suburbs, townships and informal settlements in the north of the city had a chance to tell City fathers their concerns and wishes when the mayoral train made a stop in the area as part of the Integrated Development Plan consultations.
More than 500 community members of Region A, which includes Diepsloot, Midrand, Rabie Ridge, Ebony Park and Ivory Park gathered at Midrand High School on 12 April to engage with the city and contribute to plans for the new financial year.
According to the MMC for Health and Social Development, who also happens to be the MMC deployed in the region, Nonceba Molwele the City has made tremendous progress in the region in line with last financial year’s IDP resolutions.
MMC Molwele said among the plans that the city has for the region in the new financial year is to extend the Rea Vaya Bus Routes from Luis Botha to Alexandra and Ivory Park. The other route will connect Randburg to Fourways and Diepsloot.
“Now it is that time of the year when we review the last financial year’s progress and plan for the future with the people, as we are a government of the people. Make use of this opportunity to tell us what you would like to see happening in the next financial year.”
Regional director Abigail Ndlovu presented an overview, including the responses to last year’s IDP resolutions.
According to Ndlovu’s report, the community had requested infrastructure upgrade. In response to that, the region has resurfaced roads in Austin View, Randjiesfontein, Kanana and Diepsloot.
Ndlovu said one of the highlights in the region was the appointment of the 24 Community Liaison Officers from July 2013 to March 2014. The formation of Cooperatives at the Agri –Resource Centre in Diepsloot “and we will be launching another Resource Centre in Ivory Park in the new financial year”.
She also informed the community that the funds for cutting grass and cleaning the parks have been allocated and said City Parks started with the project last Thursday.. We have installed solar water geysers in Mayibuye, Kanana and Rabie Ridge. “We have responded to your call, now it’s your time to lead us again,” said Ndlovu.
The community was then asked to break into four Commissions namely the Sustainable Services Commission, Health and Social Development Commission, Economic Development Commission and Governance Commission. The commissions discussed what has been done and proposed plans for the future.
City officials promised to take unresolved questions to the relevant departments and to give feedback through the respective ward councilors at community meetings.