New ward committee members elected

New ward committee members elected

Three new members were elected to represent the Aberdeen ward 7 community at a meeting held last week.

Lee-Ann Kekana was selected by the ladies present to represent the combined portfolio of women, the youth and the disabled. She is keen to work on drug- related problems particularly, because of their impact on so many other areas such as abuse of women and children, and general crime.

Judith Dardis was elected to represent the community on health matters. She aims to ensure that problems experienced in this field by community members or institutions will be addressed and followed up to reach a good solution.

George Ngeju, a retired teacher who is a pastor of God’s purpose Church, is keen to help rectify some of the problems in ward 7, especially those involving children begging and using illegal substances.

Ward Co-ordinator Vuyisile Jacobs commented that the meeting was well- attended. “I was pleased to see that community members participated positively and constructively,” he added.

Rudy Jacobs, Ward Councillor, gave feedback on the IDP Review. Most of the priority listings from 2016 still have not been rectified. Some of these matters drew further discussion, such as the ongoing problems experienced due to the lack of public toilets in the town.

Cllr Jacobs also said that a motion has been submitted to privatise certain assets such as the caravan park and netball and tennis courts, as the municipality is unable to maintain these facilities.

A liquor licence application was submitted for comment, and the unanimous verdict was that this should not be granted. There was some concern that two other applications, earlier this year, had been granted by the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (ECLB), despite very mixed feelings from the community.  Cllr Jacobs explained that he had submitted a report to the ECLB, but had no further influence on the granting of the licences.

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