Time to reach out to New Rest res­i­dents

Talk of the Town - - Opinion | Have Your Say - SI­MON PICKERING

LAST week I was very alarmed to read about the ser­vice de­liv­ery protests on the R67, so I vis­ited New Rest and spoke to some res­i­dents there.

The liv­ing con­di­tions in this part of town are re­ally in­hu­mane. It is shock­ing that our mayor – and mu­nic­i­pal­ity – have failed so mis­er­ably. These fel­low res­i­dents have been aban­doned and ig­nored – and it is truly shame­ful.

This small part of town is the only area with­out elec­tric­ity or ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply in Port Al­fred, which makes daily life an or­deal, es­pe­cially in this cold weather. Fur­ther­more, a row of pigsties has been il­le­gally con­structed in close prox­im­ity to their houses, with­out their per­mis­sion, which is un­hy­gienic and dan­ger­ous.

My heart goes out to our fel­low-res­i­dents in New Rest, many of whom have lived in Port Al­fred their whole lives and are ac­tive mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

They are des­per­ate for change and ex­tremely frus­trated by the in­ep­ti­tude and neg­li­gence of our mu­nic­i­pal­ity. I fully em­pathise with their des­per­a­tion, which has led to them block­ing the R67 in a last-ditch ef­fort to draw some at­ten­tion to their plight.

I urge ev­ery res­i­dent of Port Al­fred. Let this is­sue not di­vide our com­mu­nity as it has done in other parts of the coun­try. Let us rather sup­port our com­mu­nity mem­bers in their very real need. We all need to step up and help our New Rest res­i­dents.

The res­i­dents want to move on to the RDP plots that have al­ready been granted to them for their houses.

Even though the houses are still not built, they can then have ac­cess to elec­tric­ity and wa­ter and have a per­ma­nent place to live.

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