Zandspruit NGOs and stakeholders began community talks on November 17 at the Emthonjeni Community Center. The purpose of the meeting was to plan future community events as well as ongoing projects.
Newly elected ward councilor Tebogo Mangena said it was important for stakeholders to understand their role in disseminating information that helps people in the community. “We have to operate as a united group. The provision of services also includes the dissemination of information. We need to work together and improve communication.
Some of the concerns raised by residents were around the struggle to apply for IDs and birth certificates. “There is never sincerity with many of these initiatives,” the residents said in unison.
Lehasa Lekalakala of the Interior Ministry has addressed some of these issues. He admitted that many residents had IDs or birth certificates, which they noticed during the recent election season. “We will be holding open houses and people will be available to help with applications. There will be a committee so that people can apply for ID cards, passports and birth certificates in one place without having to travel far. There needs to be communication in the community so that residents know when these days are going to be and they can come forward in numbers instead of just helping a handful of people. “
Residents agreed that they would also like to see the Departments of Community Safety and Social Development come to the table and become visible in Zandspruit.
Mthetho Gqongo said they are planning to host a candlelight evening on December 1 to honor and remember the lives lost due to Covid-19, gender-based violence and HIV / AIDS. “We are also planning many road safety projects, especially on Marina Drive. We plan to start a petition to raise awareness about speed and other road safety challenges. “