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  • E-mail: post@peoplespost.co.za Tuesday 3 April 2012 Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481

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    TAURIQ HASSEN

    WITH the end of the financial ap-proaching, local councillors arelooking to wrap up projects funded by theannual ward allocations.

    Heres what your representatives are doingwith your rates and taxes.

    Ward 57 councillor Brett Herron explainsthat his ward allocation projects were decid-ed by his predecessor and under the previoussub council.

    R80 000 is being spent on the upgrade of theBeyers Road Park in Woodstock, which is re-garded as an incremental project.

    Two parks in Mowbray are being im-proved, with the Cecil Road Park having rub-berised matting installed and the Alma RoadPark being repaired and fenced at a cost of

    around R50 000.A further R10 000 has been spent on two

    drinking fountains at the Village Green inObservatory and R90 000 was allocated for theupgrading of the entrance of Shelley RoadSports Complex in Salt River which shouldboast a paved parking area.

    Herron confirmed that a shortage of bitu-men has delayed this project. In terms of thecoming financial year, I propose to allocatea significant portion of my ward allocation to-wards traffic calming. There is a backlog ofapproved speed humps which have not beenbuilt due to the lack of funding, says Herron.

    Ward 56 councillor Derrick America budg-eted R200 000 for palisade fencing around theKensington Civic Centre, and R198 978 hasbeen spent on the completed project.

    A further R85 000 was budgeted for palisadefencing around the Kensington Library, but

    only R67 970 was spent and the project is notregarded as complete. The contractor didnot fulfil the complete terms of the agreementas he did not, for example, close the lane,says America.

    Chairs for the librarywerepurchased,withR15 000 being budgeted and R14 650 beingspent. Overall, the total capital budget fromthe ward allocation was R300 000.

    The operating expenditure budget focusedon skills training for the unemployed, withR60 000 set aside for driving lessons for 25 un-employed Kensington residents.

    A further R40 000 was allocated towards ar-ea cleaning. Repairs to the roof and other re-lated maintenance at the Royal Road Sports-field have not yet begun, but around R150 000is set to be spent by the end of the financialyear. The amount was nationally not part ofthe ward allocation, but the councillor, to-

    gether with the sub council 15 managers, sup-ported a motivation for the allocation of thisamount, says America.

    The upgrading of two parks will cost R50000 the Glider Crescent Park in Factretonand the facility at the corner of Boeing Roadand 10th Avenue in Kensington will be get-ting a spruce up.

    A further R50 000 was allocated to SummerGreens, but due to the demarcation of thewards, the area was excluded from Ward 56.

    For Ward 55, councillor Bernadette leRoux, who is responsible for small portionsof Woodstock and Salt River, highlighted that100% of the ward allocation budget for the ar-ea will be spent by the end of June this year.

    Her budget covers the upgrade of parks inSalt River which will cost around R30 000, anda further R20 000 will be spent on streetsweeping.

    Where your taxes are going

    Brrrrrilliant!Brrrrrilliant!Anya (8),with her parents Quinten and Lucille Leon,build a snowman at theIce StationIce rink atGrandWest.Children cango to the icerink onWednesdays for therest of theschool holidays tomake theirown creations in thesnow.Photo: Edrea DuToit

  • Page 2 Peoples Post WoodstockMaitland NEWS Tuesday 3 April 2012

    Dear reader,Thank you for your warm response to

    my column.The first thing youll notice this week

    is that I have a different picture in myConnectED logo; and youll wonderwhy.

    I can explain.Ive learnt fast that when youre in the

    public eye, albeit as a byline or picturecredit, feedback and criticism becomeyour second and third names.You learn to roll with thepunches, hit the groundrunning and, when warrant-ed, give as good as you get.

    The strategy, though,should be to extract valuefrom the many noises (oftenwell-meaning) being made,and not to take everythingpersonally; easier said thandone. The lesson I learnt fromusing an arty picture isthat interpretation is subjec-tive and that often consensusis your best guide. I still have my ownviews, though, about the perfect picture,based on my negative self-perception thatI am not photogenic. In fact, I often tellpeople that I look better in person.

    That said, having listened well to feed-back from key colleagues, including myboss, and a contact (once a friend) whoreckons I look worried in last weeksphoto, Ive changed my picture.

    I may yet change it again...On to more entertaining topics: namely

    the Cape Town International Jazz Festi-val, which brought the city to life thisweekend and saw local and internationalacts sharing the stage.

    My first time at this, the 13th annualfestival, was made more magical by my

    tour guide and esteemed Media24 col-league, Niel le Roux, who showed me theropes at the festival, taking me to, amongothers, a jazz rave outside the CullinanHotel.

    Niel is a hard act to follow and as wetraipsed around the Cape Town Interna-tional Convention Centre, I was pleasedI had worn comfortable high heels al-though a dress that was deliberately a bittoo long nearly saw me tumbling down es-

    calators.I dont favour crowds and Im

    known to walk out of full super-markets despite my mustshopping list, but consideringthe magnitude of the festivaland attendance, I did not feelclaustrophobic or uncomforta-ble while standing shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands ofwell-heeled strangers untilsome moron had the audacityto touch my backside and dis-appear in a flash before I couldturn my rage on him/her. That

    didnt ruin my experience, though, nordilute my appreciation of Cape Town asa truly world class city we are privilegedto be citizens of. We have proven our abil-ity tounite, be creative andwork togethertowards a common goal. Admittedly, wehave our flaws, like any society, but thecountless positives and good outweighthe shortcomings.

    I wish you all a blessed and safe Easter.If youre planning a road trip, please takeyour vehicle for safety checks before-hand.

    Till next time, go well!ConnectED is a weekly column by

    Peoples Post Editor Feroza Miller-Isaacs, who can be contacted at fero-za@peoplespost.co.za

    All that Cape Town jazz

    TAURIQ HASSEN

    THE 73rd edition of the Cape Malay ChoirBoards Grand Final was wrapped up atthe Athlone Stadium on Saturday, produc-ing some competitive performances.

    Young Men Sporting Club from MitchellsPlain found themselves on top of the log onceagain, when they scooped the coveted SilverFez Trophy for the second year running afterscoring the highest number of points.

    The choir walked away with 60 points in theHighest Points category, securing the trophyfor the field events.

    Shafiek April, the president of the board,was amazed at how much the annual e