Councillor takes up toilet issue
David Machana, the site manager of La Fancy Kay, the sanitation company that recently took over the contract to service the freestanding mobile toilets in the informal housing areas around George, says he wonders if their company has not been the victim of dirty tricks. “Sometimes, 10 minutes after the honey sucker truck has emptied the sewerage tank, it is full again, and the community is up in arms,” says Machana.
La Fancy Kay has come under heavy criticism since taking over the contract on 1 August, which included their provision of new toilets. Cllr Virgil Gericke of the PBI tabled a motion at a Special Council Meeting on Thursday 24 August, stressing the health risk faced by the community due to the toilets’ tanks not been emptied on time.
“This non-performance by the service provider has resulted in sewage spills running down the streets, which is dangerous,” said Gericke. All political parties unanimously agreed with Gericke’s motion.
Councillors were pacified when Steven Erasmus, the director of Human Settlements, said that the service provider had been placed on terms for a second time. After the council meeting the George Herald was told by reliable sources that the contract with La Fancy Kay had been terminated. This was denied by Municipal Manager Trevor Botha.
Machana admits that on Saturday 26 August he received a phone call from Kholofelo Mabilo, the owner of La Fancy Kay, saying that they must pack up as they had lost the contract. “On Monday 28 August I received another phone call from her. She said all is sorted out and the new toilets from Limpopo are on the way.”
Gericke says that the Human Settlements Department has failed the people. “The officials should have monitored the new service provider and picked up on the problem. That is their job. It is just as well certain councillors have their ear to the ground and act when the community cries out for help.”