Peo­ple urged to get in­volved

Post - - News - CHANELLE LUTCHMAN

CRIME and a lack of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment are two of the big­gest prob­lems faced by mem­bers of the Khar­wastan Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, which turned 50 this past week­end.

The chair­per­son of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Sathie Moodley, said the as­so­ci­a­tion had been very ac­tive since 1967.

“We ini­ti­ated a women’s fo­rum and the se­nior cit­i­zens group. We have also built the Khar­wastan Civic Hall, which is be­ing used by res­i­dents for meet­ings and even func­tions. We also just started a com­mu­nity polic­ing fo­rum. So we are try­ing to show oth­ers that we can be a com­mu­nity that takes care of it­self.”

Moodley added, how­ever, that a lack of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment was ev­i­dent.

“We need more peo­ple to come out and as­sist us. We found that the peo­ple in the area were mostly el­derly, which meant the younger gen­er­a­tion was slowly mov­ing out of the area.

“So we re­alised we needed to get more young peo­ple in­volved in the as­so­ci­a­tion if we wanted to see the or­gan­i­sa­tion reach an­other 50 years.”

One of the found­ing mem­bers, Lo­gan Naicker, 77, who is still with the as­so­ci­a­tion, echoed Moodley’s sen­ti­ments.

“We need more peo­ple to come out and stand up for the com­mu­nity,” he said, adding that things had been very dif­fer­ent 50 years ago.

“That time they (city of­fi­cials) didn’t re­ally care about th­ese ar­eas; we were just left here and we had to come to­gether and stand up for our com­mu­nity.

“We fought so hard for proper piped wa­ter and tarred roads. There were no com­mu­nity halls and we would walk very far to school. The area was not cared for by the coun­cil; the peo­ple would be in groups clean­ing up the area.”

Former fi­nance min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han, the guest of hon­our, planted a tree at the civic cen­tre to mark the an­niver­sary.

Pravin Gord­han plants a tree at the week­end to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the Khar­wastan Civic As­so­ci­a­tion.

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