Forum seeks solutions to community ills

Pastor Paul Phillips and Patricia van der Ross at the network meeting to help find solutions to social ills in the community.

The Voice of the Community, a forum of community and religious leaders from across the province, was launched following a meeting with mayoral committee member for community services and health Patricia van der Ross at a Lavender Hill church last month.

The forum will meet regularly with the authorities and help to find solutions to a range of problems facing communities across the city, said Parkwood community leader Pastor Paul Phillips, who arranged the meeting.

Mr Phillips said: “Issues on the table included government accountability; service delivery at grassroots level in the city; assistance and lack thereof for the religious sector; and community-based organisations’ challenges such as finances, resources, capacity building as well as requests for facilities, land and premises to operate from.”

Ms Van der Ross said: “The way forward is to rebuild the network of care and focus on how we can serve the community of Cape Town by making sure there is a continued partnership between the City and the NGOs.”

Community leaders from different sectors attended the meeting.