On Friday, 20 July, various community members, together with Mr Nature Khumalo and Me Fikile Zwane, from Amsterdam, held a peaceful march to deliver a memorandum with their concerns and grievances within the Amsterdam community to the Mkhondo Local Municipality.
The march was well-organised and started at Extention 4 (Nyembezini) and headed along the R65, where it ended at the Amsterdam Municipal Satellite Office. The memorandum was well-received by the Executive Mayor of Mkhondo, Honourable Cllr. V.M. Motha, together with Councillor Ngobese (for Ward 19, Amsterdam) and other colleagues.
Community members are frustrated as they feel that they have tried various means of communication with the Ward 19 Councillor, without success. They want to discuss issues that they are dissatisfied with and as a last resort, decided to apply for a Section 4, which is a march to municipal offices.
- The community of Amsterdam demanded the following according to the memorandum:
- A fair and transparent employment syste.
- Dissolution of all Ward Committees and the re-election of new members.
- After the expiration of the EPWP 6 month’s contract, new members are to be elected.
- RDP houses without electricity need to be electrified and all incomplete RDP houses to be completed as soon as possible.
- Municipality to make sites available for the community and practice fair and transparent distribution of sites.
- Amsterdam is in urgent need of a bank.
- The town needs to be modernized and a proper sewer system is a demand.
- Functional street lights are a priority.
- Cloning of electricity cards must be investigated and the people demand that the cards be printed by a machine, containing the municipality’s logo.
- Councillors to be an example of proper leaders who correspond and communicate with their community.
Public facilities must be accessible, regardless of race, political affiliations and greed The Executive Mayor of Mkhondo, Honourable Cllr. Motha addressed the community and stated that all the RDP houses without electricity will receive urgent attention and all the other grievances will be addressed and feedback will be given to the community.
Amsterdam’s community wants a response from the Mkhondo Local Municipality no later than 7 days after deliverance of the memorandum on Friday, 27 July.