Over 6000 community members from extension 10 informal settlement in Tsakane, Ekurhuleniattended the public meeting recently, addressed by the MMC for human settlement, Lesiba Mpya.
The main purpose of this meeting was to give a report back on the issues of service delivery and housing among other things.
" Ever since we started using the Grassroot application communication has become very better and many people are coming to the meetings. Before, we used a whistle or a loud speaker and we had to hire someone's car which would cost R150", said one of the organizers, Lumka Makholwa (24)
" According to Mpya, the departmenthascome up with temporary solution sincethey are still waiting for the budget. " There will be an installation of solar energy for 6,400 households in the couple of weeks so that people can be able to light and other fundamentals " saidhe said.
Mpya also added that the department has given back to the elderly. " We have identified two elderly people from this area and weare going to move them to their new houses. I can promise that there will be a lot of developments for this year"he said
Mlungisi Giba (74) " Im very happy and excited that I will be moving to the new house. I have been waiting since 1998", he said.
Selina Dlamini(88) " I feel very honoured that I have been chosen. I will enjoy the benefits of a proper house with running water and windows ", she said.
Story by Esau Dlamini