Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Retief Ondedaal has been praised by the community after entering an informal settlement apparently without any protection.
Brave mayor speaks alone to residents of informal settlement
“Mayor Retief Odendaal becomes the first mayor of NMB to come to informal settlements in Sector 11, Sector 45, Gunguluza, Kariega, on December 19, 2022 without Police”
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Community leader Tanqa Mbovane said all former mayors invited during tire burning or violent protests had to be surrounded by no-nonsense bodyguards, heavily armed police and people in disguise.
“Odendaal visited about 100 residents, some of whom allowed him to see leaking risers in the second stage and found that there were few chemical toilets. He started at K Montlathe and D Nyembe crescents to R Alexander Road and Lambede Street at No. Three phases, where there are no risers for about 500 residents,” Mbovane explained.
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“We invited him to the Asivikelane event to clean the area of the Luthando OVC Nursing Center (NPO) and 33 residents last week. But [today] He has seen firsthand that District 11 is generally underserved.
We participated in his #getNMBworkingagain initiative so that we could draw his attention to other REAL services that thousands of people are being denied,” he explained.
Some major service issues include:
- more toilets
- District 11 map
- more and more risers
Action Plan to Address Service Issues
Ondedaal promised to return with answers on his next visit, Mbovane said. “I’ll answer all your questions as soon as possible and hopefully there will be more risers by then,” he said.
“If the poles (power poles) are installed in October, it would be ridiculous to have no electricity at Christmas”.
“Thank you Tanqa Mbovane. I am deeply sorry that NMB has let the Gunguluza community down for so long. I am sure that we will soon be able to bring more dignity to this community through a better quality of life.”
Mayor of Onderdal
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