New forum hosts first meeting

About 30 people attended the first meeting of the newly formed Greater Table View Action Forum (GTAF), which only lasted a few minutes.

The forum was launched on Wednesday December 7 (“Community welcomes the Greater Table View Action Forum,” Tabletalk, December 14). It claims to already have about 100 registered members, and has positioned itself as a challenger to the Table View Ratepayers’ Association (TVRA), which was shaken by feuding between members earlier this year.

GTAF chairman Peter Glaum told the meeting at the Sunningdale Primary School that the forum would focus on the needs of communities from the mouth of the Diep River to Melkbosstrand.

Monthly meetings would be open and transparent and would let residents play their part in planning for the community’s future.

“Members can participate in the discussion and share ideas on the Facebook page, on the website or they can email us,” Mr Glaum said.

Members would be able to vote on projects, raise issues for discussion and elect officer bearers at the forum’s first annual general meeting to be held in the new year. A date for this meeting has yet to be announced.

Mr Glaum opened the floor for questions, but there was a muted response and the meeting finished early.

However, those who were there commented positively about it on the forum’s Facebook page.

One of them, Brad Peng, said: “It wasn’t a bad turn-out considering it is the first meeting. I am sure, by word of mouth, we will get more people.”

Stephen Stauch said: “Best wishes for your future endeavours, GTAF, on behalf of our community needing all the help it can get.”

Martin Horn said: “All of the very best in your endeavours. I think the GTAF is a breath of fresh air.”

GTAF interim committee member Simon Bloomer said he wanted to help create better old age care in the community while another, Ray de Beer, hoped to see Table View return to what it was in the “old days”.