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Residents get hands dirty to paint flats

About 65 residents from Leonsdale joined hands and participated in a painting project to improve the outlook of the Leo Mews complex.

According to Stephanus Caeser, who was appointed as the community liaison officer (CLO), the project started in March this year, but was brought to a halt as a result of the nationwide lockdown.

“At a meeting on 22 March this year (before the lockdown) our local councillor, Franchesca Walker, appointed me as the CLO for the project. We had begun the painting process, but stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak which resulted in a lockdown.

“During the lockdown, councillor Walker and I stayed in contact and she emphasised the importance of actually getting unemployed residents involved in the painting project. Residents were approached and those who showed interest joined,” said Caeser.

The age group of those who joined ranged between 19 and 55, all who reside at the City owned complex.

“As lockdown regulations began to ease, we commenced with the project on 21 May and completed it on 30 May. Residents were compensated fortnightly for the work they did. This project has also opened doors for some as they continue to work at painting sites with the contractors appointed,” he explained.

Caesar said he has noticed that those who participated now have a sense of pride in the complex.

He added: “We are grateful for the efforts of councillor Walker in remaining committed to Leonsdale as well as the efforts of Mustapha Isaacs, who is the manager of one of the contractors we worked with. He assisted with food hampers for residents.”

Ward 26 councillor Franchesca Walker said the painting of Leo Mews formed part of a City of Cape Town upgrade project.

“Money was set aside to do the upgrade. We employed the residents of Leo Mews for two reasons – to earn and be part of beautifying the area they live in and for them to keep it clean as well. And the other reason was to keep the contractor and his staff safe so that the project could continue amidst daily shootings. All went very well. We had shooting the second day and the staff went home at 10:00. They returned the next day and finished the project in record time working very well with the contractor. The place looks beautiful and pride is restored.”

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