Time to reach out to New Rest residents
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.