MPPOA and municipality join hands to address town issues

Municipal manager, Dan Ngwenya with MPPOA's Denis Goffinet and James de Villiers.

MARLOTH PARK – The municipal manager, Dan Ngwenya, visited two projects aimed at improving the services and security of the town on February 27.

He was accompanied by Denis Goffinet and James de Villiers of the Marloth Park Property Owners’ Association (MPPOA).

The old dumping site has nearly been transformed into a waste-transfer station. Property owners are happy with this change, as waste will now be moved to the licensed landfill in Steenbok. Previously, waste had been dumped and burned on site, which posed a major health risk.

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The gate between Marloth Park and land belonging to the Mjejeane Trust has been cited as a major crime access point into Marloth Park. MPPOA collaborated with the Nkomazi Local Municipality and WA & Genote Sekuriteit to install a concrete pole, new gates and a solar panel powering a spot light and roving security camera.

The municipality built a guard house and MPPOA members’ funds contributed to paying a security guard for the nights. According to Goffinet, the MPPOA chairman, this radically reduced the crime in Marloth over the December holidays.

Ngwenya told the MPPOA chairman and vice-chairman that he would talk to the trustees of the Mjejane Trust, who own Maroela Farm, and request them to also contribute towards funding the security guards.

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Goffinet thanked all the role players for their support and contributions.

“Marloth Park is the top tourist destination in Nkomazi and tourist safety is paramount. There are still some challenges, and special emphasis must be placed on improved gate security and access control at the main gates. This is primarily for public safety, because of the number of active predators at night. Although there is a municipal decree in place forbidding walking and cycling in Marloth between sunset and sunrise, there are still numerous transgressors, and these need to be controlled,”Goffinet said.


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