Ward 107 residents with their ward councillor, Councillor Maseko met on the 6 August 2019 at Alexandra San Kopano hall to address issues affecting them as a community. Among issues on the agenda of the meeting was safety, electricity and clinics. Community was given an opportunity to raise their issues after officials from the invited departments gave their reports.
The issue of taxi drivers who don’t stop at robots and four-waysstops suffarced and JMPD was asked to assist as the residents claim people are hit by cars every week. PAN Africa mall is one of the most busiest shopping complex in Alexandra with hawkers who have “over populated” the space.
Residents raised concerns over the hawkers who have occupied every space at PAN and making it hard for commuters to walk to their destination “ . Alexandra couldn’t send one officer to listen to the cries of th community but Chris Mabunda chairperson of Alexandra Community Policing forum (CPF) availed himself. Talking to people Mabunda expressed concern at crime taking place in Alexandra and shortage of police officers as there is no replacement of retiring and those who have died. Residents questioned planning of City power the providers of energy (electricity) “You guys know there’s too much load on the electricity in winter but you never plan for the season in spring and summer when there’s less people using much electricity. Why is it that we have to experience black outs and bombing of substation that leave resident in the dark for days? ” questioned one resident.
The other resident applauded city power for the work they have done this winter but also complained about their tendency of coming to fix electricity with less material. Shovels, spades and picks are some of the tools city power contractors don’t bring resulting in community members borrowing the officials this materials and in other cases the tolls are either not brought back or their brought back damaged. City power official closed his addression with the localisation plan that is on the way which is going to see all the residents of Alex buying electricity.