Region A Director Abigail Ndlovu visits Ward 132 to resolve urgent issues on the spot

Region A gets to the root of the problems in the community by taking its forum meetings to the streets – one neighborhood at a time.

During regular meetings of the forum, operations are discussed and investment projects are presented. Now, Ward Councilors submit a list of pressing issues to the City and Regional Manager, and together with a team from various departments and City entities, physically visit the problem sites and agree on a solution on the spot.

Region A regional manager Abigail Ndlovu said the two front-end loaders on Kaufman Road will be removed. Photo: Comfort Makhanya

Region A Director Abigail Ndlovu and representatives from various government entities visited Ward 132 on November 9 with Councilor Annette Deppe. Deppe was eager to point out all the issues residents had brought to her attention.

Residents of Ward 132 and members of different government entities attend the Councilors Forum meeting. Photo: Comfort Makhanya

They made a site visit to the uncontrolled intersection of Norfolk Road and Harry Galaun Drive and to Kaufman Road in Halfway Gardens where two front loaders were to be removed. Other visits focused on ongoing Joburg water pipeline projects, road traffic problems and traffic jams at Halfway House Primary School.

Region A Director Abigail Ndlovu apologizes to the people of Midrand for unfinished projects in the region. Photo: Comfort Makhanya

Deppe stressed the importance of these visits to resolve long-standing issues that needed to be resolved on the spot. “Hopefully in the next financial budget we can get more investment budget to look at the bigger issues. Of course that has to happen with the residents coming to community planning meetings and making proposals on this that they would like to see changed,” added Deppe.

Annette Deppe, Councilor for Ward 132, Halfway Gardens. Photo: Comfort Makhanya

Ndlovu said service delivery was budget-based and that with “more budget and more brains on the ground, the city would definitely deliver.” “You can have a budget only to find that on the pitch what we’re doing is superficial and it becomes a waste of money and then we have to go back and redo what was supposed to be done right a long time ago. We’re now trying to ensure the permanence and to provide sustainability to every item or work that has been raised as a concern by residents, because ultimately ratepayers should remain satisfied,” Ndlovu concluded.

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