THE COURIER brings you the last chat with ward councillors about their achievements since their appointment.
This week the COURIER presents Ward 57 councillor Faeeza Chame.
What have been your achievements since your appointment?
I have been in communication with City Parks and we established three parks, two in Regents Park and one in South Hills. These parks are there for children to go and play.
Secondly, Springbok informal settlement had no water taps or tanks, so I formed a partnership with Joburg Water and they provided the settlement with water tanks.
Thirdly, I am involved in projects where we supply elderly people with clothes, food and other necessities. I am also working closely with orphanages in my ward and I assist them where I can.
Fourthly, before my appointment, there were no speed humps in Nephin Road, South Hills, and the lack thereof caused many accidents. I made a point to contact the relevant people, such as school principals and the MMC for transport, and now there are speed humps.
What can you do or can’t you do as a ward councillor?
We as councillors are appointed to do oversight. The councillor is only there to assist the community and point them in the right direction. But, in most cases, I believe ward councillors go the extra mile. We can only refer residents to the correct departments. People should know that we are not nurses or police officials.
What’s the update with Jasgrey Court?
When the units burnt, residents of Jasgrey Court were offered temporary accommodation in Wembley and Hillbrow, but looking at the conditions they would have to live in when placed there, I decided to place them at the Recreation Centre. The court is being repaired as we speak and some people have returned to their homes.
How is your relationship with residents?
I have a good relationship with most of the residents. I am an open book and available when they need me.
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