Mayor Marlene van Staden received the memorandum of demands from local residents, led by forum chairperson Sepeke Manamela (right). Photo: Mzamane Ringane
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The Modimolle Local Economic Development Forum led a march which comprised of residents from both Vaalwater and Modimolle, to press home service delivery demands on Wednesday 25 April.
Concerned residents gathered on the local Peter Nchabeleng Community Hall, with the procession later marching down Joe Slovo Street to downtown Modimolle.
Mayor Marlene van Staden received the memorandum at the local municipality’s headquarters.
Police kept a watchful eye during the proceedings, with two Nyala armoured personnel carriers among other marked SAPS vehicles.
Chief among the grievances was the dumping sites at Modimolle’s Extension 10 and Extension 3 in Mabatlane, which have been a burning issue for the people in the vicinity.
The forum said in a memorandum that the authorities have been engaged on numerous occasions on the issue of these sites, which were reportedly posing a health risk to the locals.
Other issues included street lights which are not working in most sections of Phagameng, potholes on local roads, and the demand for clean running water.
It was further demanded that the municipality give urgent attention to the four-way cross road between Extension 10 and Extension 9, by erecting traffic-calming speed humps.
The malfunctioning traffic lights on the main Nelson Mandela Drive downtown also became an issue of concern.
The forum’s chairperson, Sepeke Manamela, lambasted the municipality for failing to address concerns such as unemployment.
“We are not fighting the municipality or anybody, but poor service delivery,” he said.
The mayor promised to respond to the memorandum shortly.
21 months ago 04 May 2018