Cape Flats News (Cape Town)

South Africa: From the Desk of Ward Councilor Thompson - Service Delivery Challenges

Despite having a recently added responsibility as the City of Cape Town's Transport Roads and Storm Waters Portfolio Committee (TR&S) chairperson, ward 50 councillor Theresa Thompson, says she always makes time for her community.

"I have much bigger responsibilities now as the chairperson of TR&S but I always make time to render services to my electorates. I am currently working on projects that will benefit my community," Thompson told CFNews. She became councilor in 2001 and immediately noticed housing was a "burning issue" in Bonteheuwel, dumping causes headaches and concrete roads need upgrading.

She said there are 4 500 people on housing waiting list, with many families sharing a house. "I know that many houses are shared by three families. We have identified the sites to build for them."

As for the dumping that causing "headaches", she said there are on-going clean up campaigns. She urged the community not to make the area a dumping zone. "We are cleaning the streets regularly. But the problem is Camellia Street. It is a big dumping site causing my headaches. And Boundary Primary is also extremely dirty. That is where a scrap metal collector burns metals and leave dirt lying around. People have this notion because they pay rents the city must clean after them. They must take responsibility and have regard for their living conditions. If your area is clean everyone starts taking you seriously," she said. Concrete roads will be upgraded from May-June, she promised. Before the end of June, she said, she will launch the Bonteheuwel Business Forum that will herald the formation of Bonteheuwel Chamber of Commerce.

Thompson is currently negotiating with Telkom for the field behind Thusong Centre to be used as a drug rehabilitation centre. Town Centre's first floor will be occupied by the Metro Police, anti-drug unit and scrap metal unit. Reporter Mike Nkalane. Photographer Naym Hendricks.

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