It is with much gratitude and a humble heart that I thank you for the trust placed in the Democratic Alliance and me to serve as your Ward Councillor for the coming term. I am indeed excited to be given the opportunity to serve a full term of office, and I intend to do this to the best of my ability. I would like to thank every one of the voters that made their way to the polls on 3 August and I will confidently move forward with your mandate.
My first order of business will be the transition of the Bothasig Clinic from a City-run facility to that of the Western Province Health Department. You will recall that this has been a long haul for me and I will be most pleased to announce the transition of this facility to one that renders a full curative package that will benefit every resident in Ward 5 and further.
Another issue that I would like to look into is that of the various lanes in the ward, especially the very troublesome ones that we have in Bothasig. It is a difficult one to deal with given that many of these lanes were designed to provide access to the main roads. Unfortunately, over the years, they have been turned into dumping grounds.
I intend to seek the advice from the various departments and officials as to how we can better maintain these lanes and perhaps look at alternative ways in order to better utilize and upkeep them.
I also intend to liaise with the Roads department in connection with the state of our roads and the constant problem we experience with pot holes. It is unacceptable to have a pothole fixed and then for it to disintegrate a few weeks later.
Following on from all the door-to-door canvassing and the beautiful gardens I saw in Ward 5, I would like to complement the many residents that have managed to maintain them so beautifully. It is because of this that I would like to invite residents to take part in a Garden Competition. Send me your name, address and contact number via Email with the subject Garden Competition to enter. The winner will be announced in December. I look forward to receiving many entries as I know there are a number of beautiful gardens out there.
Helen Carstens, Ward 5 Councillor