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  • E-mail: post@peoplespost.co.za Tuesday 13 March 2012 Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481

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    IMPROVEMENT districts in Observato-ry and Woodstock received good newswhen council agreed to extend their im-plementation plans until June 2017.

    The applications were advertised last yearcalling for objections and comments from thelocal communities, but were unanimouslyapproved at a meeting held in November.

    Brian Amery, Observatory ImprovementDistrict (OBSID) manager, was delighted atthe news and said: We are excited that manyof the projects will go ahead, seeing that theOBSID will be around for another five years.

    He highlighted that re-submitting their ap-plications to function in their communities

    wasa normal procedures, but it couldmeanpotential growth for the community.

    The OBSID aims to tackle traffic conges-tion, parking, repairing paving and replacingmissing drain covers and also starting itsown recycling project.

    These are things we are able to roll outwithinour community, seeing that our imple-mentationplanshavebeenapprovedbycoun-cil, says Amery.

    Later on, OBSID hopes to persuade all busi-nesses in Lower Main Road to repaint theirstores in order to liven up the area. OBSIDis also discussing the viability of closing offthe section between Station and Trill Roadsover weekends, in order to create a pedestri-an friendly space.

    Just imagine, you would be able to enjoy

    a cup of coffee on the pavement and peoplewould be able to walk the streets and enjoythe night life in the community, Amery ex-plained.

    During its last term, OBSID faced a few mi-nor difficulties with its security company.The security people knew the area reallywell, but they were not experienced and thatposed some problems for us.

    However, Orbis Security have been con-firmed as the new security company, whothey believe will provide a substantial im-provement on the security front.

    This extension to the plan is really excit-ing and we will be looking at ways to improveObservatory and create a safer, cleaner andbetter space for all residents of the area to en-joy, Amery added.

    Chris Lloyd, manager for the WoodstockImprovement District (WID), believes thatthe extension will bring about a fruitfulterm for the WID.

    He added that the extension also creates anopportunity for further positive commercialproperty investors to jump on board.

    Our aim is to make Woodstock the mostattractive part of Cape Town, says Lloyd.

    The WIDs budget this term will be in-creased by 13,67% due to the anticipated em-ployment of Law Enforcement officers to thevalue of R146 195. The Law Enforcement of-ficers would be able to assist with the imple-mentation of the by-laws within the wholesuburb, Lloyd added.

    He highlighted that the WID has futureplans to plant more trees around Woodstock.

    Big plans for renewed tenureTOUGH SLOG: Zoe Holbrow cheers cyclists on at the start of the Chapmans Peak leg of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, where scorching heat took its toll. Cyclist Barry du Plooy writes:Every shady spot on Chappies had people sitting, standing or lying, and some were sprawled in the gutter. I decided that we felt so bad from intense heat and dehydration that itwould be wise to drift down to Hout Bay and arrange to be collected. Photo: Teresa Fischer

  • Page 2 Peoples Post WoodstockMaitland NEWS Tuesday 13 March 2012

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    DEPENDING on the response from theCity of Cape Town, Cosatu is prepared toorganise further protest marches until la-bour brokers are done away with and e-tolling abandoned.

    This is according to the trade unions or-ganiser in the Western Cape, Mike Louw.

    Almost 15 000 people joined Cosatu in a pro-test march through Cape Town CBD onWednesday 7 March, to show opposition to la-bour brokers and e-tolling. Participantsmarched from Darling Street, where theystopped at the City Hall to hand over a memo-randum to Transnet and the Cape Chamberof Business.

    They then continued into Adderley Street,all the way to Plein Street, to hand over amemorandum to the Minister of Labour inParliament.

    The turn-out was greater than we expect-ed. Its great to see how many people supportthis cause, and its a clear indication to gov-ernment that regulation isnt enough, saysLouw.

    Cosatu organised this protest march allover South Africa to show opposition to e-toll-ing an electronic tolling system which was

    started in Gauteng during the Fifa World Cupin 2010. The protest was also against the use

    of labour brokers.In a statement, the national spokesperson

    of Cosatu, Patrick Craven, says labour bro-kers are the main drivers of the casualisationof labour.

    Their practices are an absolute contradic-

    tion to the principle of decent work. Theyhave driven down workers wages and condi-tions of employment. They do not create anyjobs but sponge off the labour of others andreplace secure jobs with temporary and cas-ual forms of employment.

    Louw tackled the other aim of the protest,e-tolling.

    This heinous e-tolling system will soon bebrought to all provinces and we are protest-ing against it. It will add domino effects onprices and inevitably, huge costs will be add-ed to budgets.

    Rather spend money on improving thetransport systems because there isnt a prop-er transport system in the City. The MyCitibuses are used by those who have othermeans of transport. The poor arent able toget a train on time, and if they do, its packedto capacity, says Louw.

    The protest was conducted in a peacefulmanner and no reports of violent or destruc-tive behaviour were made.

    Mayoral Committee Member for Corpo-rate Services, Alderman Demetri Qually,says: The protest certainly does illustratea standard under which all protests shouldabide to, as it was very peaceful. It was a gen-eral strike that was conducted nationwide,specifically tackling the issue of e-tolling andthe usage of labour brokers. Even thoughmany people in Cape Town supported the pro-test, the biggest turnout was the march thatwas held in Gauteng, he says.

    Protesters may return, says union

    MARCH ON: Participants held their boards up high during Cosatus protest.Photo: Danielle Karallis

    CHANTING: People in Cape Town marched wi