Residents still waiting for services

Disappointed residents of Extension 15, Mahlako Mahlase standing at of the illegal dumping site in the area.

The residents of Stoffel Park are still waiting for the Tshwane metro to attend to their service delivery complaints.

In April, they took their service delivery frustrations to the streets blockading Solomon Mahlangu Drive next to the Mahube mall with stones, rocks and burning tyres.

The residents said the protest was the last resort because they were tired of empty promises.

At the conclusion of the protest, the residents had demanded that Tshwane MMC for housing Mandla Nkomo come to their area to address them.

The residents were from the various informal settlements in the far east of Mamelodi who were relocated to Stoffel Park extension 15 with the promise of water and sanitation.

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The residents said none of that had materialised instead their lives had become more miserable because of the lack of services in the area.

Community leaders Andrew Segodi and Tomson Mpe said Nkomo had since promised to come and visit the area and see their living conditions and five months later, they were still waiting.

The residents said the area still utilised bucket toilets system and had two communal water taps per block or 32 households.

“Some residents have to walk long distances to fetch water pushing wheelbarrows,” they said.

“The bucket system is unhealthy and the residents are getting sick every day they can’t even open their windows for fresh air.”

They said the metro had never explained why the relocation had ceased.

Segodi said some residents in the extension had electricity while others had illegally connected themselves to the grid because the metro electricity officials had since left leaving the electricity cables hanging.

He said addicts were helping themselves to the cables left in the area.

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Mpe said during their protest in April, they handed their memorandum of grievances to the metro expecting a response within seven days.

The residents said they suspected the MMC was ashamed to come and witness for himself the conditions the community lived in in the area.

He further said he could not remember the last time he saw refuse removal trucks in the area.

“Each and every street corner is now like a dumpsite,” he said.

The residents reiterated their demand for Nkomo to “come and see with his eyes what we are talking about when we complain about the lack of service delivery”.

They said they wanted roads, storm water drainage, waste removal, safety and security, and sport facilities, the cutting of grass, mobile clinic and maintenance of high mast- and street lights.

 

Tomson Mpe holding an electricity cable in Stoffel Park Extension 15.

 

Residents of Extension 15 standing next to one of the mobile toilets in the area.

 

Mahlako Mahlase standing next to a smelly mobile toilet. Photos Stephen Selaluke.

 

 

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Stephen Selaluke
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