Lwan­dle res­i­dents get sign of the times

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WARDA MEYER

RES­I­DENTS of Lwan­dle near Som­er­set West are now able to keep up to date on city de­vel­op­ments af­ter the City of Cape Town in­stalled an elec­tronic SMS sign­board at the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal of­fices.

The city says the SMS board will be used to keep the com­mu­nity in­formed about city ini­tia­tives and meet­ings.

Hilda Oosthuizen, head of the city’s LED pro­gramme and project im­ple­men­ta­tion, said the plan was to place the signs at 12 city-man­aged busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties, to test how well they worked as com­munca­tions tools.

Lwan­dle councillor Xolani So­tashe said: “Gone are the days of hav­ing to use a loud­hailer to in­for m our peo­ple about com­mu­nity meet­ings and events. Now I can merely SMS a mes­sage to the cen­tral con­trol room and it is dis­played on the screen.”

Lwan­dle’s sign­board will soon be fol­lowed by oth­ers in places like Bloekom­bos, West Bank, Happy Val­ley and Mitchells Plain.

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