Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ‘try­ing to di­vide the com­mu­nity’


COM­MU­NITY ac­tivist Zola Ndalasi claims the Stel­len­bosch Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is try­ing to di­vide the com­mu­nity, af­ter he was left out of a meet­ing with mu­nic­i­pal man­ager Geral­dine Met­tler.

Ndalasi said: “We were happy that the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager met the peo­ple of Kaya­mandi but we were dis­ap­pointed not to be in­cluded… we feel that some of our is­sues might have been ig­nored.”

Among is­sues dis­cussed at the meet­ing were the up­grad­ing of Enkanini in­for­mal set­tle­ment and the ap­point­ment of a “multi-dis­ci­plinary pro­fes­sional team to max­imise the hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the zones that are col­lec­tively called the Kaya­mandi Town Cen­tre”.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Met­tler said: “The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is com­mit­ted to pro­vide its cit­i­zens with ac­cess to eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties – in­clud­ing ac­cess to mu­nic­i­pal agri­cul­tural land.”

On the con­tro­ver­sial Water­gang in­for­mal set­tle­ment, Met­tler said: “The mu­nic­i­pal­ity plans to in­stall toi­lets and taps on the bound­ary be­tween the set­tle­ment and the TRA2 area.

“Water­gang was il­le­gally in­vaded by the com­mu­nity. This ac­tion re­sulted in a court case, which granted an evic­tion or­der to the ap­pli­cant.

“It is our un­der­stand­ing that the com­mu­nity has lodged an ap­peal against the judg­ment… Not­with­stand­ing this im­passe, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity en­tered into an agree­ment with the com­mu­nity, with the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion as me­di­a­tor.”

Mean­while, teams from the Beltana solid waste drop-off de­pot in Stel­len­bosch worked over the week­end to clear back­logs, af­ter strik­ing work­ers were served with a court in­ter­dict. The work­ers had re­fused to work last week af­ter they did not re­ceive salary in­creases, in line with a three-year wage agree­ment con­cluded in 2018.

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesper­son Stu­art Grobbe­laar said: “Given the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try… the mu­nic­i­pal­ity sub­mit­ted an ex­emp­tion ap­pli­ca­tion in terms of the col­lec­tive agree­ment.”

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