19 June 2017
Graskop Chest War Room held a stakeholder meeting on May 24 at Glory Hill community hall. Stakeholders included; the Health Department, Graskop Municipality, Ward Committee, Education Department, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the Labour Department.
Issues raised in the meeting of April 5 included: struggle obtaining a birth certificate for a three year old girl due to her mother’s unknown whereabouts, family dispute over a house, lack of social grants due to lost ID, a plan to assist an elderly Graskop resident to relocate his RDP house from Mashishing to Graskop.
“A referral letter must be sent to home affairs and we involved SAPS to help us in tracking the child’s mother using information from the clinic card,” said Cecilia Modipane, Secretary. “The family dispute was taken to the local magistrate but the War Room can’t assist and the family will have to involve attorneys for dispute resolution. Graskop War Room must assist the Leroro gentleman to get his lost ID in order to access social grants. Regarding the RDP house relocation, a motivational letter will be sent to the Department of Human settlement requesting that they change his status in order for him apply for an RDP house.”
Other issues raised in the meeting included; illegal dumping, payment of rates and services at the RDP and Chinese housing project. The community is displeased with the amount being charged. To avoid further confusion it was resolved that a clear line of communication between residents and the municipality will be established.
Sandile Shongwe (chairperson) revealed that R6 million from the IDP will be made available to resolve the water and sanitation issues. The current infrastructure is struggling to sustain the town’s population growth leading to the malfunctioning of the water pump.
“The issue of water is a great concern for the municipality and we are currently trying to fix leakages. We request the community to play their role in identifying leaks,” said Shongwe. “We made some progress with involving the department of Public Works Roads and Transport to assist with the falling rocks at the Kowyn’s Pass tunnel.
Tebatso Letsoalo (Graskop Municipality Finance) was appointed the Graskop Chest War Room deputy chairperson.
Image: Graskop Chest War Room stakeholders after the meeting.