Why resort to the
A friend of mine is getting married in July. Unfortunately
he did not make proper arrangements for his wedding luncheon. He
is now running in circles trying to book a suitable venue for the
lunch. Most places are fully booked.
Being Mr Know-It-All, I advised him to
book the hall at the Wiggins Multi-Purpose Centre which is cheaper
than most places. The facility is also classified as Grade A and
is only R88 per hour for weddings and receptions.
His family intervened in the most shocking manner. "No ways.
We are not going there," they said. "Why not?" I
asked in shock. "Because we are from Chesterville, you silly,"
they responded. "So what?" I asked, still not understanding
what was going on.
"Have you not heard that there is a taxi war going on between
their taxi association and our taxi association," was the response.
We argued until we were blue in the face. I guess they must have
won the argument because my friend agreed not to book this venue.
To cut a long story short, unless the taxi wrangle in the area is
resolved, the ordinary person in the street will continue to fear
for his life. While the powers that be are delaying the final judgement
regarding routes to be used by the two associations, three people
have died and many more have been injured (two people are in a critical
condition in hospital).
When will it end?
For now, the on-going violence is only really affecting people who
are associated with the taxi associations. But will it end there?
My plea is for the warring parties to sort out their differences.
Surely people can resolve their problems - and get on with business
-without resorting to the gun.
Cato Crest residents invade new houses
CMDA CEO Clive Forster addresses a group of angry Cato Crest residents
who were involved in the invasion of houses at the Cato Crest
Greenfields Housing Project.
The invaders also
staged a protest march to the offices of the CMDA. The marchers
demanded that an investigation be conducted into the allocations
process. Most of the invaded houses are still under construction
and are without windows, doors and roofs.
The invaders allege that the houses meant for them are being sold
to people living outside of Cato Manor, and that the invasion
was done to secure the houses that they believe are rightfully
theirs. In response to the invasion the CMDA issued eviction notices
to the invaders and commissioned a special audit team to look
into allegations and grievances raised by the invaders. The team
comprises community members, the CMDA’s security manager, a member
of the Project Management team and a representative of the Metro
Housing Service Unit. A member of the SAPS or a paralegal may
be appointed to join the team to facilitate the collection of
evidence should any illegal activities become evident.
The audit team has already started its investigation into the
occupants of the houses in the Cato Crest Greenfields and a thorough
audit of units that should have been demolished as part of the
relocations programme. "Should any evidence of misallocation,
corruption and non-demolition of the relocatees shacks be encountered,
the CMDA and the Audit Team shall hand evidence of corruption
or illegal sales to the SAPS for further action and immediate
steps to rectify the situation," said CMDA’s housing manager,
Heather Maxwell. Meanwhile the construction of Phase IV of the
Cato Crest Collector Roads is scheduled to begin early in June.
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