HAPPY NEW YEAR: DA targets meaningful and effective public participation in 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR: DA targets meaningful and effective public participation in 2020

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni wishes residents of Ward 38 a happy and prosperous new year. It is my hope that every resident will live in a Ward where they are able to see and experience the DA difference when it comes to delivery and transparency.

As we begin the new year, I aim to create an environment for residents to feel confident that they can have meaningful and effective public participation channels they can rely on when raising their service delivery concerns, or expressing their hopes of the kind of ward they would like to live in.

It is with this in mind that our focus will be on ensuring that residents in Ward 38 form part of the decision making of the Ward Committee when it comes to issues relating to services required by the community. Furthermore, I hope to see more residents become more vocal about the draft IDP/Budget presented by council.

As part of promoting transparency in the ward, the DA has taken a decision that after all verified minutes of the Ward Committee meetings, these will be made available for public perusal at the Brackenhurst Library.

While we have the minutes of Ward Committee meetings available for public perusal at the library, it has to be emphasised that these minutes are to stay at the library and not be taken out by any resident. These minutes are a way to inform the residents about the discussions of the Ward Committee on a monthly basis.

At the centre of promoting public participation, the various sectors within the Ward Committee will play a vital role in championing public participation through various projects.

Since 2016, the DA has always advocated for a culture of Active Citizenship in the Ward, and through its efforts has ushered in the establishment of the Brackenhurst and Brackendowns Residents’ Association.

From a Council point of view, we are constantly driving the issue of improving the quality of service offered by the City of Ekurhuleni Call Centre. While this continues to be a challenge to address, we remain committed to ensuring that the city has efficient platforms to report service delivery.

During the year 2020, the DA seeks to build on the work we started in 2016. The one area we would like to improve on is ensuring that our discussions are truly reflective of what the residents hope for. In making these plans possible, we will be setting up structures that make it possible for us to capture and express at council.

As a caring political organisation, one of our focus areas in 2020 will be on the elderly. Ours will be to help them navigate through policies such as the indigent policy, which plays a role in helping put more money in the pensioners’ pockets.

At the beginning of this new Season, the DA would like to wish all residents a great year ahead. Our commitment is to continue the fight for better services for all residents in the Ward.