Business forum to better Lenasia

Executive committee for the LBF: Goolam Kolia (Treasurer), Yunus Ahmed Bhamjee (PRO), Kanti Roopa (Vice Chairman) Mahomed Salajee (Chairman), Shahid Gaus (Director) Mohamed Essack (Legal Officer), Aasif Mangera (Town Planner).

On Saturday, July 27 the Lenasia Business Forum a non profit organisation held a dinner at the Taste of India restaurant.

The organisation which was started 12 years ago, and was formalized through the intervention of the Regional Office Region G was elected and registered as an NPO.

The organisation was meant to better Lenasia, or make it the ‘Sandton of the South’, as PRO Yunus Ahmed Bhamjee said.

“Behind closed doors, the LBF worked tirelesly to amalgate all innovative ideas and engaged with in various sectors with government to form a close and responsible network that will make Lenasia a better place,” Bhamjee said.

Lenasia has a rich history and forms a formidable part of Region G, which is the most impoverished of all regions in Gauteng. It has 49 informal settlements of the 190, in this region. The majority people living in Lenasia are of Indian origin and have resided in Lenasia for the past 50 years.

Most were forcibly relocated by the apartheid regime and were placed 30km away from Johannesburg in a rural enviroment. This was to dampen the spirit of a community actively involved in the apartheid struggle for justice for all.

“Lenasia grew without the help of the apartheid masters, and today remains independent of any government intervention for its economic growth and stability to develop this rural sector into a future urban zone,” Bhamjee said.

The Lenasia Business Forum is a non profit company which has been established to act as a representative for all Lenasia-based businesses in engaging with government, business organisations, and other related stakeholders to ensure that the economic development of Lenasia is prioritised. Three of our primary objectives are, to redress socio economic imbalances, to eradicate poverty and unemployment and to ensure that vulnerable members of our society such as women, children, the youth and persons with disabilities are given equal opportunities to progress economically.

Lenasia attracts 48 percent of shoppers to Region G and provides many jobs for the impoverished living in rural enviroments. Like in many other areas, crime, grime, vagrants, law enforcement, poverty and jobless people remain high on the priority list for transformation.

The government provides service deliveries to the area because it’s the best paying node for utilities in Region G.

Most importantly, we managed to build with our own resources schools, places of worship and have taken care of the environment.

The LBF wants a better Lenasia by:

  • bringing change to various sectors, and the Lenasia CBD to be formalised with a precinct plan
  • Upgrading municipal structures.
  • vertical expansion of existing structures and the CBD by allowing capital input from the private sector
  • Sectionalising places of worship.
  • BRT initiative through the central business district and an effeciant rail system for all people.

The LBF will facilitate programmes to bring people from the various departments to the table and to provide a plan or work towards approval from government to sanction change.

The LBF wants to establish a full office in the CBD with a paid personnel who will liaise and institute change and allow the business sector to remain pro-active in service delivery and upkeep of the CBD from government.

The LBF can be contacted on 011-025-2490 OR 074-785-7727 or by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the website on www.lenasiabussinessforum.co.za

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Rebecca Mogalagadi
Journalist

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