Councillor’s Corner

Dear Residents

I am happy to report that the Bothasig CDC, formerly Bothasig Clinic, is moving along at full speed.  I am grateful for all the positive feedback received and am very happy that so many are now able to access a variety of services on their doorstep.

As we look to the end of another year, we also look to the promise of a new year and there are indeed exciting things the City has planned.  The first would be the Organisational Development Plan that will among others, see a new level of service delivery rolled out.  Due to roll out in January, we will see service delivery being localised and brought closer to the community.  The localised elementary service delivery will attend to among others, water leaks, electricity faults, potholes and other residential service issues.  This is a new approach that is sure to bring about a faster response time and I am indeed looking forward to this.

As we wind down at this time of year, it is usually the time that dumping and littering increases, and I urge residents to do so within the ambient of the law.  It is very easy to use one of the City’s green bins but be mindful that it will look full and untidy for a number of days until it is emptied.  Likewise, dumping on our open fields will also leave the area untidy.

I would further like to remind residents of the City’s Give Responsibly drive.  Especially at this time of year, our hearts go out to those less fortunate than ourselves.  It is worthwhile to bear in mind that when we give handouts to one and all, we are encouraging and enabling them.  It is not helping or uplifting.  What this does, is keeps them in this situation with no need or motivation to improve as their needs are met in their current situation.  There are many shelters and organisations that assist and help, and places like hospices that will come to you and fetch what you have.

Recycling is also a key aspect that we really need to take more seriously.  There are so many options available in our area, even the option of collection from our homes.

Another aspect that has previously been mentioned is that of house numbers.  At this time of year when an emergency can easily happen, it is important that emergency services are able to easily locate your house.

I would like to stress to residents to be extra vigilant at this time of year when crime generally increases.  Please report anything suspicious to the SAPS and do become involved in your neighbourhood watch.

Please adhere to the water restrictions and let us all do our bit to save. Any water transgressions can be mailed to or send an SMS to 31373.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a very Blessed Christmas that offers you the opportunity to wind down and spend some quality time with your family and friends.  I wish you a wonderful New Year that is filled with peace and happiness.

Helen Carstens, Ward 5 Councillor 

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