Mabilo meanwhile urged residents to look at alternative ways of expressing their disapproval with the municipality, rather than protesting
THE SOL Plaatje Municipality promised a list of services to the residents of Jacksonville yesterday following a meeting between community members, the executive mayor, Patrick Mabilo, and other municipal executives.
The meeting came after Jacksonville residents in Roodepan barricaded several roads in the area during a protest over service delivery on Tuesday morning.
The protesters, who blocked main roads into and out of the suburb, demanded basic services such as electricity, water and street lights from the municipality.
Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, said yesterday that Mabilo and his executive had agreed to attend to the plight of the residents.
“It was agreed during the meeting that community members, who have been verified, will receive electricity as the electricity voltage line has been completed. The roads in the area will also be scraped and paved. The Sol Plaatje Municipality will engage with the Department of Co-Operative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) regarding the refurbishment of cracked houses in Lerato Park. Homeownership will be sped up by the housing unit in the infrastructural directorate. The municipality will also address the issue of manholes.”
Matsie said the municipality further undertook to be transparent in all its programmes.
Mabilo meanwhile urged residents to look at alternative ways of expressing their disapproval with the municipality, rather than protesting.
“We understand the plight of our people but we must work together in finding amicable solutions.
“As a municipality we have the responsibility to go back to our communities and give feedback on core issues faced by residents,” Mabilo said.
The suburb was calm yesterday, although the streets were still littered with rocks and the remnants of burnt-out tyres.
During Tuesday morning’s protests, Jacksonville community members barricaded several roads in the area while pupils were also prevented from attending school. According to the police no one was arrested during the protests.