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Preserving Alberton’s heritage

In the previous edition tame TIMES reported on the Brackendowns’ first house that is in state of disrepair. Community members shared their concerns about the lack of maintenance at the property.

Following a meeting with the media, the heritage society and residents of Pongola Street on Thursday, 6 June, Cllr Malcolm Maifala reiterated his commitment towards ensuring that the heritage of Brackendowns is preserved.

“During the meeting, which follows a couple of weeks where residents have continued to highlight the state of the first house in Brackendowns, I have emphasised my personal desire to ensure the heritage of the area is not destroyed,” said Maifala.

Among the issues raised during the meeting included the need for the yard to be cleaned up as a matter of urgency.

It is understood that the property continues to be a haven for vagrants.

This is a serious concern for residents as incidents of criminality are at a high level in the area.

In addressing this issue, Maifala mentioned that he already started engaging with the Environmental Health Department so that they may assist with cleaning up at the property.

“I believe that together with the police we can address this issue. Having considered all aspects regarding the property, it is important that council start taking the lead in ensuring that the heritage of Brackendowns is preserved; furthermore, the house in itself offers an opportunity for the community to have the areas’ historical hub.

I strongly believe that the property has a potential of being a place where residents can learn a bit about the history of the area. It is for this reason; I am looking at the possibility of submitting an application to council for the restoration of the property in order for the City of Ekurhuleni to take an active role in preserving its heritage,” said Maifala.

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