A message from the Ward Councillor
Greetings to all our neighbours in our special “village”
As your city councillor, I am here to hold the City accountable for good service delivery, and to represent you all at our City Council legislative meetings.
Most of us in Harfield Village are singles, young families with small children, or retired people. There is room for everyone, and Harfield Village has a strong sense of community, coming together and mutual support. Almost every street has a WhatsApp group with a “captain” and we look out for one another! These groups, which share information from the HVA, started up during the drought crisis in 2017/18, and are again very useful while we endure the Covid19 pandemic together.
I am very aware of the trauma caused by the Group Areas Act forced removals of coloured, black and Indian families to the Cape Flats from 1969. I wholeheartedly support the HVA’s partnership with civic associations in Hanover Park, and encourage us all to get involved to rebuild and reconcile.
Currently, while we are in a State of Disaster, the national government does not permit the City to remove temporary dwellings. This puts us in an invidious position, with people living on pavements with concomitant hygiene and security issues. I am acutely conscious of the stress this is causing to both residents and business owners in our ward. With the City’s hands tied, I hope that we can band together as ordinary residents and do everything we can to keep our pavements clean, and support one another. I will be reporting to the Claremont police station on Tuesdays at 2 pm to help with the weekly clean-up organised by Jenni Coleman of the HVA. I do hope that you can join us, rubber gloves and rubbish bags in hand!
I am a member of and donor to the HVA and hope to meet up with you at HVA events.
Cllr Katherine Christie
Cllr Katherine Christie (DA) Katherine.Christie@capetown.gov.za