Answers sought on stalled plans

Lee-Anne Butler

DISGRUNTLED Motherwell residents picketed outside the incomplete Thusong Centre yesterday, demanding answers from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on why plans to develop the area have stalled.

The residents are questioning the delay in the roll-out of projects which form part of the municipality’s R200-million Motherwell urban renewal programme.

The programme was meant to uplift the township and create employment in Motherwell, one of eight pilot areas targeted by then-president Thabo Mbeki’s presidential urban renewal programme in 2001.

Yesterday, a small group of residents from Ward 48 and its Business Forum picketed outside the unfinished R42.6-million Thusong Service Centre in Maku Road. The aim of the centre is to make municipal and government services more accessible to the community.

The residents said the construction of an adjacent arts and culture centre, meant to benefit unemployed youth and artists in the area, was also delayed.

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