I WISH to respond to an SMS in The Herald of September 26 entitled "Rowallan Park bush needs clearing". The background to this story is a litany of delays and disappointments, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The issue was brought to the attention of metro officials on September 29 last year. Work for Water should have cleared the bush in December 2010, as it was a government initiative and a project for cleaning up the Baakens River Valley. Due to unreleased funds, the programme did not materialise.
In July this year, the bush cutter blades needed to be replaced, then the metro had major rains in August and September which made it impossible to be on site. The tractor became stuck in the mud .
The latest news is that officials visit the site on a regular basis to check if the ground is dry enough for the tractor to go back on site. There were various site meetings with metro officials, with departments such as sewerage clearing the pipes.
Contractors are currently on site to commence cutting along Carelse Street. They are also fitting new "no value" drain covers, as the others were stolen.
The health department is clearing illegal building rubble, as well as cutting the trees. The section of Froneman Street can only be addressed once the illegal dumping has been cleared.
I encourage residents to forward their names and contact details to me when needing to report an issue or update a current issue. Contact details: e-mail email@example.com
, cell 082-566-1897, tel (041) 371-1572 (office), fax (041) 371-1779, blog: http//margaretdeandrade.hopto.org
M de Andrade, DA Ward 39 councillor, NMB