Jack Bloom MPL

DA Leader of Gauteng Legislature

Jack Bloom, the DA Leader in the Gauteng Legislature, will be visiting the forgotten people of Protea South in Soweto TOMORROW, Wednesday 24 October, and will finish the day by staying overnight in a shack in the Protea South informal settlement.

This is the fourteenth visit of the DA’s “Don’t forget the forgotten” campaign. Previously, Bloom visited Stinkwater/Hammanskraal, Mamelodi and Sekampaneng in the north, Sebokeng/Boiketlong in the south, Duduza/Bluegum, Lindelani/N12, Katlehong/Mandela and Tembisa in the east, Randfontein, Krugersdorp and Merafong in west Gauteng, and Midrand and Alexandra in Johannesburg.

These visits have become popularly known as “Jack in a Shack”.

Bloom spends one night every month in a forgotten community in Gauteng in order to experience and highlight their problems so they get the attention they deserve.

Media are invited to attend or contact for interviews according to the following programme –

11h00 – Meet at Protea Gardens Mall in Chris Hani Road, Protea South (contact Clr Maureen Mnisi at 082 337 4514 for directions. 11h30 – Visit to various people and sites in Protea South Informal Settlement, including Mr Isaac Maringa, a resident who won a court order forcing Johannesburg council to rebuild his shack after a forced removal. Problems include lack of electricity, water and sanitation. The Council wants to remove them, but residents want to stay and upgrade the area. 13h00 – Visit the shack of Ms Maggie Mokabi where Bloom will stay the night 13h30 – Lunch break 14h00 – Visit the Waterworks informal settlement 15h00 – Visit Protea South clinic 16h00 – Visit parliament of the poorest people (Amazozo)

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