Pressure on Ekurhuleni Metro bears fruit – access controlled areas provisionally approved

Members of the Kempton Park community in cooperation with AfriForum’s Kempton Park branch, the Edleen Proper Residents Association (EPRA) and the Kempton Park Gated Community were on 12 October 2017 granted provisional approval by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to continue with the sectioning off of access controlled areas in and around Edleen in Kempton Park, subject to municipal conditions.

This follows after members of the various organisations on 26 September 2017 held a peaceful demonstration in front of the offices of the Municipality during which a memorandum of requests was submitted to Motubatse Motubatse, Head of City Planning.

The memorandum demands, amongst others, that:

  • applications in terms of access controlled areas are heard and approved or disapproved in terms of the Rationalisation of Local Government Affairs Act, 1998 (Act No. 10 of 1998);
  • the postponement in the processing of current applications is summarily abandoned; and
  • correspondence and communication between the Municipality and public shareholders are considered as priority.

“After continuous pressure by the community for almost two years, this is a major breakthrough for us. The process forward involves the publication of these applications in the Government Gazette and local newspapers to gain final approval,” says Rian van Jaarsveld, Chairperson of AfriForum’s Kempton Park branch.

“We will continue to make sure that the safety of our community is considered as priority,” says Kevin Walker, Chairperson of both EPRA and the Kempton Park Gated Community.

Become involved at AfriForum’s Kempton Park branch: SMS your name and surname to 45342 (R1).

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