A newly-formed umbrella body consisting of Mitchell’s Plain businesses, community activists and residents adopted a constitution during a general meeting at the Alliance Francaise, in Portland, on Saturday July 13.
The Mitchell’s Plain Integrated Development Forum (MPIDF), was kick-started during a public meeting called by community activist Marshall Nelson on Sunday May 26 at Imperial Primary School in Beacon Valley (“Forum wants stake at Swartklip”, Plainsman, June 26).
The meeting, at the weekend, was started with prayer, singing of the national anthem and pledges from various organisations, business forums, Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman and DA Proportional Representative councillor Washiela Harris.
Ryland Fisher, assisted by Bronwyn Paulsen and Almondt van der Schyff, presided over the adoption of the constitution and the election of the executive committee.
Members included chairman Marshall Nelson, deputy chairperson Karrimah Jacobs, secretary Duwayne Jacobs, deputy secretary Simone Fleurs, treasurer Rodney Steyn, fiduciary members Frank Fredericks, Daniel Ras and Ashika Ely; and additional members Hudson Gxabashi, Anthea Arendse and Sipho Yuze.
Mr Nelson thanked all stakeholders of Mitchell’s Plain for giving birth to this initiative and said that the office bearers would strive to ensure that unity takes top priority.
“The executive will lead the process in terms of uniting our people and ensuring that we speak with one voice pertaining to all issues impacting on the community of Mitchell’s Plain, including developments and the terms of reference as outlined in the constitution of MPIDF, which is the mandate that must direct the executive,” he said.