Two southern suburbs councillors have outlined their plans for 2021.
Patrick Chapple’s Ward 57 covers Rosebank, parts of Salt River, District Six, Observatory, Woodstock and Mowbray. He says the Covid-19 has been very disruptive to the municipality.
“Personnel were dying, depots were being closed,” he said, adding that staff had had to work from home, using Skype and Zoom to meet, and these meetings had taken much longer than usual.
Mr Chapple said he wanted to set up more licence-plate recognition (LPR) cameras in his ward to combat crime.
“Long-term projects must be the continuation of the LPR cameras and co-ordinating both private and public cameras into a single database,” he said.
He praised U-Watch neighbourhood watch and Sybrand Park Neighbourhood Watch for their efforts.
Many in his ward were trying to recover financially after being hit hard by Covid-19, he said.
“The economic impact has been dramatic with a high rate of joblessness and business closures throughout the ward.”
Sharon Cottle’s Ward 58 covers parts of Rondebosch, Kenilworth and Claremont.
This would be a year of continuing to take precautions against Covid-19, she said.
“Those in our community have suffered in one way or another as a result of the pandemic.”
She would give her attention to park improvements; requests for traffic-calming measures at various intersections; reducing the number of street people in the ward; and improved cleansing and street cleaning.
And she would build on partnerships with the police, law enforcement, the neighbourhood watch and civic groups.
“Healthy working relationships with all stakeholders are crucial in finding solutions to issues and concerns pertaining to the ward,” she said.
Both Ms Cottle and Mr Chapple expressed their condolences to all their constituents who had lost loved ones to Covid-19 and they encouraged the public to continue following all the safety precautions.
“By continuing to act responsibly, together we will overcome,” Ms Cottle said.