Face to face with your Ward 55 councillor

ON THE MOVE: Ward 55 councillor Rashieda Landis believes she can do more in her ward if there was a budget. Photo: Sibonelo Mtshali.

IN this week’s chat with councillors, COURIER was in touch with Ward 56 councillor Rashieda Landis.

What have you achieved since your appointment?

The Ward 55 stakeholders are reliable and open towards me and the community. Secondly, my work relationship with Bellavista Clinic is phenomenal. The clinic was very small but now it’s much bigger as I managed to get sponsors to provide it with trailers. Now TB and Aids patients are assisted outside the trailers because we couldn’t accommodate all of them inside.

Thirdly, I am working closely with Booysens SAPS, CPF and JMPD and my relationship with them have resulted in drugs and illegal shebeens getting eradicated in my ward. As far as drugs are concerned we have established a drug rehabilitation centre where those recovering are taught some skill them. —- last part of the sentence doesn’t make sense.

Any challenges?

When we have missing children we search for them and after they are found we struggle to get them into safe houses and counselling centres because they need to heal from being abused.

If the ward can have safe houses it would be great for me and my ward.

Lastly, the convictions when drugs dealers are arrested today and they are out the very next day. I believe there are individuals in the force that are being bribed but I can’t prove it.

But other than that I don’t have any challenges.

Tell us about the pedestrian bridge that was causing problems in Chrisville?

The bridge was a challenge, mostly during winter, but after it was published in COURIER, the very same week I contacted City Power to install lights. I can now say that the problem is solved.

Do you have a budget for your ward?

No, we as councillors don’t get any budget but MMC and the department get the budget and run it from there. If we need something for our ward we request from them. If I had a budget, believe me, I would have a beautiful ward.

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