Graskop War Room held its monthly meeting inside Glory Hill Community Hall on July 26. The meeting was attended by different stakeholders, such as the Department of Education, Community Policing Forum members, Ward Committee members, and the Technical team from the municipality, Graskop Chamber of Business and Tourism, Child Welfare South Africa.
War Room secretary, Cecilia Modipane, said that the War Room remains committed to its mandate to serve the residents, particularly in ensuring that every problem is given undivided attention to achieve viable solutions.
“The issue of a birth certificate was finalised and the child can now receive grants and parental care. Children must get certificates from birth. We have also referred a case of unfair dismissal to the department of Labour,” said Modipane.
Edward Bones, the secretary of Graskop Chamber of Business and Tourism (GCBT), said that the Chamber is ready to work with the War Room and other stakeholders, to address issues affecting the town, including the water cuts that were causing discomfort in parts of Graskop. He also highlighted the issue of “reckless” trucks using residential areas for short cuts.
“We made huge strides with the water problem. The main pump was removed and the system will be upgraded to accommodate the RDP’s, Glory Hill, and Chinese Housing Project. There are plans to widen the road and to create pedestrian sidewalks. We need to work together to make sure that the town regains its image,” said Bones
The War Room chairperson and Ward Councillor, Sandile Shongwe, in his Ward Aids report, stated that HIV/Aids, sugar diabetes, high blood pressure, TB, cancer, are amongst some of the diseases currently affecting the community.
“We must all have common interests. Our stakeholders must attend meetings in order to avoid the backlog in addressing issues affecting the people. We hope that we’ll work together to bring change in the lives of our people,” said Shongwe.