Friday, May 14, 2010

IDP PRIORITIES FOR WARD 5

14 May 2010

IDP PRIORITIES FOR WARD 5

All these items are top priority.

* Crime prevention measures, including drug trafficking, prostitution, human trafficking

* Multi-purpose centre which will include a youth centre for skills development, computer and technical skills, etc. (Dagbreek Teachers College)

* More clinics in the ward, currently there is only one clinic at Rose Street, the clinic at Lillian Diederichs closed down as well as the one at Trafalgar Square, North End

* Upgrading of the parks and playing fields as listed

* Erection of public toilets, vicinity of stadium, North End and Central (original application, February 2007)

* Incubators and containers for SMME’s

* Projects ring fenced for young people, skills development organization for the young

* Illegal dumping especially at the old cemetery and Adler Street vicinity

* Traffic calming measures at:

a. Prince Alfred Road (upgrade), North End including traffic calming

b. Gipson Road opposite the Provincial Hospital. There is an existing pedestrian crossing that is ignored by most vehicles and should be turned into a traffic calming pedestrian crossing. There should also be a traffic calming measure installed in Gipson Road from both sides of St. Croix Avenue which is the access road to the emergency unit of the Provincial Hospital.

c. Westbourne Road, Central. Access to Erf 2960, for students of PE College.

* Floodlights at:

a. The Green, Erf 518, Mount Road an existing sport and recreation area with two hard tennis courts. The field itself is used regularly by numerous young children to play football. The floodlights would allow access in winter between 17h00 (after school) and 19h00, solar lighting would be the most practical solution.

b. Erf 184, Voyle Street, Sydenham, needs upgrading as a sports field

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CAR GUARDS

10 May 2010

The Editor,

Dear Sir,

I want to draw attention to an incident I experienced in Havelock Street, Central on Tuesday, 4 May 2010, when I noticed a lady obviously distressed talking to a captain in the South African Police Service in his police van that she had stopped in Havelock Street outside Oasim North. I approached the van and listened to the problem as described by the lady. She said “that when the Traffic Department patrolled the street an all too rare occurrence these days, and placed tickets for illegal parking on the windscreens of the cars involved, the “car guards” then remove and tear up the ticket in order to ensure they get their tip when the owners return”. The owner, much to his or her surprise and unaware of the parking ticket issued would then receive a summons some weeks later. On this occasion the four very drunk so-called car guards were loitering on the pavement close to the police van. To the credit of the police they proceeded to load them into the back of the van. The problem now is that the lady involved and seen to be talking to the police fears she will be targeted and her car damaged in order to avenge her actions.

I want to warn others to be aware and furthermore I shall take this matter up with the traffic department. I ask the question: Why are the following actions not addressed by the powers that be?

a. Drinking in public
b. Loitering
c. The car guards allowed to operate despite the fact that they are not registered and therefore illegal.

Yours sincerely,

CLLR JEREMY DAVIS
WARD 5

GREY HIGH SCHOOL, ROBERT SELLEY MEMORIAL CONCERT

10 May 2010

The Editor,


Dear Sir,

As a Ward Councillor I am permanently at the coal face, so to speak, of a Metro that practices very little or no service delivery and that can only be described as a dysfunctional local government. Experiencing on a daily basis telephone calls not being answered by most of the departments and few, if any, replies to correspondence or even acknowledgement on issues of major importance with regard to citizens and rate payer’s requests, this experience leads to stress and despondency. On Wednesday, 5 May 2010, I slipped away from a monthly public meeting having had my say, to attend the Robert Selley Memorial Concert at the invitation of the Rector.

I can only say that this performance was so uplifting that all my concerns and worries were swept away by what can only be described as a highly emotional and exceptional musical experience. Once again I was moved by the high quality of music produced by these young “musicians” guided by talented and dedicated staff. It is amazing how beautiful music can feed the soul.

Thank you Rector and the Grey music department for injecting new energy into my being in order to pursue my many tasks.

Yours sincerely,

CLLR JEREMY DAVIS
WARD 5

Friday, May 7, 2010

DA CALLS FOR BUS SAFETY AUDIT

Dear all, this is a media statement by MPL Dacre Haddon that was not covered in the Herald this morning in relation to the recent bus tragedy.


ISSUED BY: DACRE HADDON, MPL. SPOKESPERSON FOR TRANSPORT


SUBJECT: DA CALLS FOR BUS SAFETY AUDIT


DATE: 6 MAY 2010


The Democratic Alliance extends its condolences and prayers to the families of the deceased and injured in the horror bus accident that occurred yesterday (subs: wed, 5 May) near De Doorns in the Western Cape.

Sadly again the bus involved comes from the Eastern Cape.


I will on behalf of the DA in the Provincial Legislature be proposing a motion during the next sitting in June to ask for an audit of all bus companies in the province to ascertain how many busses are in an unroadworthy state and an audit on driver training so as to curb the shocking on-going spate of bus accidents in this province and elsewhere.

Furthermore, the motion will be calling for criminal charges and rectification measures to be taken against the owners and the driver of the bus, who should all be jailed for a long time.


In February I asked parliamentary questions regarding the policing of unroadworthy vehicles on our roads and was assured that plans were in place to have special law enforcement done during the Soccer World Cup. Why must we wait for the World Cup to put on a false show of law enforcement when such enforcement should be a daily sustained effort by our traffic authorities?


Harsh action against owners and drivers of unroadworthy busses must be enforced on a sustained basis to act as a deterrent to those who do not regard the value of human life.


** The replies from the MEC for Transport, Ghisha Barry, to my parliamentary questions are attached.

For further information, please contact Dacre Haddon, MPL

To view current DA statements go to www.dabhisho.org.za

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

NELSON MANDELA BAY IDP&BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS

The NELSON MANDELA BAY IDP&BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS are open to the public and the schedule commences on 3 May until 12 May 2010:

The importance of involving Civil Society, including Sectors, NGO and other Civil Society Organisations in assessing municipal and broader public sector performance on issues such as IDP, Amount, quality and cost of services provided by the municipality. While these initiatives and platforms created at citizens participation is laudable, there is a concerted effort to exchange ideas, skills and views so as to enhance Service delivery and quality community engagement. The engagement with Communities on IDP and Budget Processes should not be viewed in isolation but as the continuation of other community engagements that the municipality is engaging on.

1. Continuous implementation of the 100 days Priorities within the context of local driven and people centred development plans

2. Rollout Plans of Ward Based Plans and assessment of the Progress made

3. Reflect on the Progress made in implementing the IDP and Budget Priorities of 2009/2010 Financial Year with a specific focus of drafting Electioneering IDP and Budget for the next 2010/2011 Financial

4. To ensure that Batho Pele underlies IDP and Budget and

5. continuously ensure that Public engagements or citizens forums are held in the year of action to give people of the Metro a voice in Policy making and feedback on service delivery

In addition of Community Leadership Consultative session/Mini workshops to prepare our communities, there will be 60 Broader Public Hearings on Ward Based Plans IDP and Budget as from 24 March 2010 – 27 April 2010...

There will be Six Groups, led by the Executive Mayor and Deputy Executive Mayor and Mayoral Committee Members to ensure that we reach every stakeholder and individual members of our communities in an effort to have a people driven Developmental product:

MOBILISATION PLAN
o Notices have been sent to Ward Councillors
o The Radio Slots is being developed by Communication and we would love the Leadership to be available as from Wednesday morning for such a Radio Programme
o The Office of the Chief Whip will communicate will all the Councillors and all the strategic partners and ensure maximum participation of Councillors
o Office of the Municipal Manager to ensure visibility of Directorates especially ED’s
o Loudhailing is going to Start as from Tuesday afternoon using the GMD Approach

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

22 April 2010

Dear Sir,

I must draw attention to the impact that Human Trafficking is having on the crime situation in our municipality, particularly in Central and North End. It must be born in mind that there is much money to be made from refugees seeking refuge in South Africa. To put it briefly, all documents pertaining to the refugees are removed by the so called “Agent”, including any financial and other belongings. The “agent” then has total control over the individual who is now forced to turn to crime in order to meet his or her living costs and “agents” fees. It must also be born in mind that in many of these cases of human trafficking, the refugee is enticed to come to this country under false pretences. At present we are experiencing a huge influx of refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. The Home Affairs Offices would appear to be understaffed and unable to cope with this influx. Mandela Bay is seen to be a soft touch as it is easier to get permits in the Bay, they skip Durban and Johannesburg and come here. Marriages of convenience are common where refugees marry township ladies, when the papers come through they may leave the country with a South African passport when and if they like, leaving behind a wife more often than not with children!

What’s the solution to this ongoing problem? Firstly, Control Immigration Officers must be better paid, Customs Officers earn nearly double and as a result there are very few corruption problems in customs and furthermore they get incentive bonuses. Stricter entry requirements must be introduced, plus minus three million refugees in South Africa are Asylum Refugees, the reasons for seeking asylum should be investigated, one million are illegal refugees.

One must bear in mind that plus minus five million refugees impact very negatively on the employment market of our own people.

Finally, I must point out that to a large extent Home Affairs have their hands tied as they are forced to release refugees, particularly from Somalia on grounds of victimisation and instructions from the Human Rights Commission.

Refugees from countries where there is war or other problems may not be returned to their country of origin, this aspect should be better investigated and stricter entry requirements enforced.

Human trafficking should be taken out of the political arena and be treated as a very serious problem. We must think positively and act against this abuse that leads to prostitution, drug addiction and crime in general.

With the advent of the World Cup many of the visitors to this country will feed on the product of human trafficking with glee creating a demand as never experienced before!

Yours sincerely,

CLLR JEREMY DAVIS
WARD 5

PUBLIC TOILET FACILITIES, WORLD CUP: JUNE 2010

6 April 2010

Dear Sir,

On the 20th February 2007 the Ward Committee of Ward 5 put a proposal to the Metro to include Public Toilet Facilities in the Integrated Development Plan to be built according to the architectural dictates of the areas concerned in Central, Richmond Hill, North End, Mount Croix and Sydenham in order to provide hygienic facilities for the masses anticipated to invade our shores for the World Cup. To date, needless to say, no provision has been made to accommodate the crowds. This will only lead to people using the pavements, trees and residents gardens as W.C’s, not world cups, but water-closets!

Time is running out, I even went so far as to propose these facilities be seen as a job creation and empowerment project supervised and with the emphasis on hygiene.

Furthermore, I suggested that the existing facilities be upgraded and repaired.

Yours sincerely,

DA CLLR JEREMY DAVIS
WARD 5

RUSSELL COURT MANSIONS, RUSSELL ROAD STEPS AND DOLLERY STREET, RUSSELL ROAD STEPS

6 April 2010

Dear Sir.

I have once again brought these access steps to the attention of the Department of Infrastructure and Engineering in our Metro. The steps provide easy access for criminal’s intent on plying their trade either in Richmond Hill or Central and provide an escape route that invariably ends up in Govan Mbeki.

My correspondence started in March 2006 triggered by reports of muggings, rapes and robberies. I have continuously emphasized the safety of the residents being of paramount importance to no avail as one department passes the ball to the other department, in this case the two roll players being Housing and Land (Land Planning & Management Silo) and the Infrastructure and Engineering department who have for four years, despite regular requests not attended to this matter but just passed the buck. This must stop somewhere or are they waiting for further evidence possibly a loss of life before they act?

A Ward Councillor’s job is not an enviable one at the best of times and never before have I resorted to involving the press in this manner, but it must be brought to the ratepayers’ notice that all is not well in our metro and most of the departments seem to have political agendas that are not in the interest of the residents.

Yours sincerely,

DA CLLR JEREMY DAVIS

WARD 5