En­ti­ties unite to try to solve Ko­mani woes

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - SONJA RAASCH

ENOCH Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cials, the co­op­er­a­tive gover­nance and tra­di­tional af­fairs depart­ment (Cogta) and the busi­ness sec­tor of the mu­nic­i­pal area dis­cussed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) – aimed at putting the lo­cal au­thor­ity back on a win­ning track – in East Lon­don yes­ter­day.

The Rep re­ported (“Cri­sis sta­tions”, Oc­to­ber 20) that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was fac­ing a fi­nan­cial cri­sis and owed Eskom R40.8-mil­lion while the lo­cal au­thor­ity also faced the pos­si­bil­ity of not be­ing able to pay staff.

A meet­ing be­tween the lo­cal busi­ness sec­tor, EMLM and other gov­ern­ment stake­hold­ers re­solved to put a cri­sis com­mit­tee in place to ad­dress the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion and re­lated ser­vice de­liv­ery chal­lenges.

Bor­der Kei Busi­ness Cham­ber chair­woman Adre Bar­tis con­firmed the pro­posed MOU was dis­cussed in East Lon­don yes­ter­day.

In the mean­time, mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials had been de­ployed to three work streams – hu­man re­sources, fi­nance and in­fra­struc­ture – as part of an ef­fort to ad­dress ex­ist­ing chal­lenges. They would re­port back to Cogta and the public sec­tor on progress made.

A steer­ing com­mit­tee in­volv­ing the of­fice of the premier, Cogta, the East­ern Cape So­cio-Eco­nomic Con­sul­ta­tive Coun­cil, busi­ness and the Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity was also be­ing set up.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Mu­nic­i­pal In­fra­struc­ture Sup­port Agent would also be look­ing into the wa­ter is­sues, in­clud­ing the Xonxa Dam pipe­line sup­ply de­lays.

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