Frances Baard debts mounting
The region has urged councillors to call community meetings to explain the importance of paying rates for services to be delivered
THE debt to electricity and water utilities Eskom and Sedibeng Water, among many creditors by municipalities within the Frances Baard district, is worrying and should be tackled with urgency.
This is according to the ANC regional executive committee (REC) in the district. The party said it was concerned with the issues raised around service delivery linked to the debt.
During the REC’s structural meeting, among the other things highlighted, were the developments of the relocation of the Ba Ga Mothibi villages to the Northern Cape and in particular to the Frances Baard region.
“The REC received a report from the regional working committee on the recent developments at various municipalities following protests in all the three municipalities in the district.
“As the ANC in the region we have a deep understanding of the seriousness and the impact that lack of service delivery has on our people,” regional secretary Webster Dichaba said in a statement.
He said the region had urged its councillors to call community meetings to explain to people the importance of paying for rates and services so that services could be delivered.
The municipalities in the region owe Eskom, Sedibeng Water and Vaalharts Water.
ANC regional officials have embarked on a roadshow to meet all directors, councillors and accompanied by municipal managers to discuss the state of local government and service delivery together with remedial actions to pay Eskom and Sedibeng Water.
“Ours is to see improvement in our local government and district departments. We then need to know that people come first in everything we do and we want excellence as there is no place for complacency and cynicism,” Dichaba said.
“He said the party needed to know that people come first in everything we do and we want excellence as there is no place for complacency and cynicism.
“We have also observed that the peo- ple behind these protests are influenced by councillors of the ANC and certain individuals who fail to accept that the region has elected a new leadership,” he said.
“We therefore call upon the law enforcement agencies to do their work in bringing those who have political motives to book.
“Deployees of the ANC in the region will take drastic steps to make sure that there is order and discipline,” Dichaba said.
He said they called on all branches to work with all organs of civil society in ensuring that any service delivery issues were properly raised with either the government or the ANC.
“We again reiterate that any legitimate concern that our people might have in the district around service delivery should be raised in a non-violent manner.”
He said the party’s provincial 106th celebrations will take place February 24.
Provincial chairperson Zamani Saul and the regional chairperson Mangaliso Matika will address the event.
“The celebration is important to members of the ANC as it will convey an important message of renewal and commitment by ourselves to unity of the organisation.
“Thus we have identified key priorities, which are to place the economy on a better trajectory, provide delivery of services to our people at all costs, fight corruption and build unity within the region,” Dichaba said.
WORRYING TREND: The Frances Baard district’s debt to Eskom must be tackled with urgency.