Sharon Cottle, Ward 58 councillor
What a year it has been! In Ward 58, we will always reflect on the year 2020 as a time when the strength of humanity and community spirit had been more strongly evident than ever before.
These have not been easy times, and, as we reflect on 2020, it is important to think of, and carry in our prayers, those in our community who have suffered in one way or another as a result of the pandemic.
I would appeal to everyone not to let your guard down, remain vigilant and take care by wearing your mask in public, practising social distancing and sanitising regularly.
By continuing to act responsibly, together we will overcome.
In general, the challenges we have faced in our ward have been addressed with different degrees of success but always involving a wide range of role-players.
Some of the issues have been easily remedied and have been of short duration while others take longer to resolve because they are more deeply embedded and are the consequences of broader socio-economic circumstances. I am pleased though to say that, where necessary, the difficult issues have been addressed with a measure of compassion for, and understanding of, the plight of those who are less fortunate.
Through open and honest dialogue and collaboration involving municipal departments, community organisations, law enforcement agencies, and other interested parties, we have prevailed.
In our ward, we have a track record of finding solutions, and it is important to acknowledge all residents who have contributed to making our ward a better place.
Please note that our ward office will be closed from December 21 to January 2. In case of an emergency, please contact Leandre Layman at 062 460 6906 or me at 082 436 3069.
I wish you all a peaceful and happy festive season and for those of you who have travel plans, may your journeys be safe.