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 New Age (Free State) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - REFILWE MA­GASHULE re­filwem@the­

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.

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