Invitation to Mandela Park Housing Indaba at Sizimesele Secondary School – 14 November at 9am

The following letter was sent by the Mandela Park community inviting officials from the City, Provincial and National governments towards dialogue on the Mandela Park Housing Crisis.  The Mandela Park community would also like to extend this invitation to members of the media so as to document the voice of our community.

For more information, contact: Mabhuti at 082 997 8475, Sluja at 071 433 1101, Nosipho at 073 587 8980 and Loyiso at 073 766 2078.

DEAR HONORABLE LEADERS

THIS SERVES AS A KIND INVITATION TO ALL STAKE-HOLDERS TO A MANDELA PARK HOUSING INDABA THAT WILL BE HOSTED AT SIZIMESELE SECONDARY SCHOOL IN KHAYELITSHA ON THE 14TH NOVEMBER 2009, STARTING AT 9AM

THE HOUSING SITUATION IN MANDELA PARK HAS BEEN VOLATILE FOR A WHILE NOW AND WE CALL ON YOU AS OUR LEADERS TO COME AND ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY ON A RANGE OF ISSUES THAT MOSTLY PERTAIN TO HOUSING AS WELL AS SERVICE DELIVERY IN GENERAL IN THIS AREA. THE URGENCY OF THE MATTER IS SUCH THAT IF COLLECTIVE ACTION FROM LEADERSHIP (BOTH LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL), THE LARGER COMMUNITY AND ALL RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS IS NOT TAKEN, WE COULD FIND THIS SITUATION ESCALATING TO EVEN WORSE PROPORTIONS THROUGH PROTESTS AND THE LIKE. THESE ACTIONS OFTEN OPEN THE COMMUNITY TO CRIMINAL ELEMENTS AND ANIMOSITY. THIS IS NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY IF DIALOGUE AMONGST PEOPLE AND LEADERSHIP IS HONEST AND FORWARD THINKING.

HENCE THE CALL FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT THIS COMING SATURDAY. IN AN UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCE OF YOU NOT BEING AVAILABLE FOR THIS MEETING. PLEASE ENSURE THAT A REPRESENTATIVE FROM YOUR OFFICE IS AVAILED.

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