Councillor’s Corner

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Dear Residents

I would like to assure residents that the untidy state of the parks and verges will be attended to.  The contractor has taken the City to court and unfortunately the court case is taking long, and until the court makes it ruling, the City is unable to appoint another contractor.  This is an unfortunate situation that is affecting us City-wide.  We ask that you please be patient and as soon as the Parks Department gets the go-ahead, a contractor will be on-site to start working on our parks and verges.

One of the best announcements that I have been privileged to deliver is most certainly this one.  The Bothasig Clinic has come under much scrutiny and much negative publicity and it has been something that I have been working on for the past two years.  The facility as it stands provided primary health care through the City of Cape Town.  The need for an expanded range of services has been the plea for many years, especially the appointment of a Doctor and a Pharmacist at the facility.

On 3 February this year, a public meeting was held where we announced that the Western Province Health Department agreed to take over the Bothasig Clinic.  It was at this meeting that we said that the wheels were now in motion and that it would take some time to iron out all the processes that had to be done.

It now gives me great pleasure to announce that this has all been done and from Monday 3 October, the Western Province Health Department will be operating from the facility which we know as the Bothasig Clinic with their full complement of staff.

This means that there will be a resident Doctor and Pharmacist on the premises every day and that the full curative package will be available.  All chronic patients who are currently filed at Goodwood Day Clinic will be transferred to Bothasig and all medication will be available at Bothasig as well as the Doctor and Pharmacy.

The facility will be available for a wide range of services, from a splinter in your finger to chronic diagnosis and will benefit many in the community.  As with all changes, there are bound to be one or two hiccups so please bear this in mind.

I would like to advise residents that the IDP – Integrated Development Plan – is open for suggestions.  This is the 5-year plan that the City works off with respect to what is needed and must be done over the next 5 years.  This is the time that residents have the opportunity to make suggestions.  It is very important to place your suggestions on the IDP.  These suggestions are for what would be needed to improve on the ward in general, as opposed to what you would want in front of your house.  To access this you can visit www.MyCapeTownNeeds.co.za or dial *134*633# and leave a voice message.

Regards
Helen Carstens, Ward 5 Councillor

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