PR Councillor intervenes in Zandspruit’s service delivery

Ward 114 DA PR councillor Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku has pushed for proper service delivery in Zandspruit, following the consistent rise of illegal dumping in the community.

Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku said she took action after receiving receiving several complaints from the Zandspruit community members.

“On Wednesday, 30 January 2019, I received several phone calls,” she said.

“The community members were unhappy with Pikitup having not collected their refuse at the usual collection points, in addition to illegal dumping in the area which has risen. The complainants forwarded me some photos of eye sore filth.”

When the community members recently held meetings with the local authorities, they were told to address the issue with the members of Democratic Alliance, according to the residents.

“When I heard of this,” Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku said, “I immediately raised the issue of the non-collection of refuse on the Pikitup WhatsApp group. Thereafter, some areas received relief, while others remained with uncollected rubbish.”

After no feedback for 48 hours and still getting calls from community members, the councillor said she made another followed-up.

“Since the residents allege that the ward councillor is not responding to them,” the PR councillor said, “part of our role is to escalate these issues to the various municipal owned entities, in order for service delivery to take place especially since they allege that the Ward Councillor is not responding to them.”

As a public representative working in Zandspruit, Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku said she will continue to escalate the service delivery issues of the people of Zandspruit.

“My role as a Councillor is not to be biased,” she said. “I will not be intimidated nor bullied into bowing down to those who want their egos to be massaged and who want to delay service delivery to the people of Zandspruit.” 

She said she would like to thank the City of Johannesburg officials for working tirelessly to bring Diphetogo (Real Change) to the people of Zandspruit.

“There seems to be a perception by the Ward Councillor that the role of the PR Councillor is to report to him. However, our role as Councillors is to do oversight, and to ensure that the communities in which we serve get service delivery, said Cllr Cllr Kayser-Echeozonjoku.


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