White ele­phants sur­round us

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO LETTERS -

AFTER liv­ing in Richards Bay for many years, I have seen the fol­low­ing ‘white ele­phants’ at mas­sive cost to the rate pay­ers and with no re­gard to the money be­ing spent.

The sports sta­dium: a re­cent ZO story high­lights the state of the build­ing that is cracked and leak­ing wa­ter.

If you think back we were promised all sorts of events that would ben­e­fit from this sta­dium, as build­ing costs es­ca­lated out of control.

The art cen­tre op­po­site the sta­dium: this still-un­oc­cu­pied and in­com­plete build­ing set the ratepay­ers back a pretty penny, with­out any progress or com­ple­tion be­ing seen in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

Prob­lems have been re­ported with foun­da­tion fail­ure and more ....

May­oral res­i­dence: this re­ported de­vel­op­ment has all the ear­marks to fol­low in the money pit of the use­less build­ings be­ing com­mis­sioned by the coun­cil.

If there is money avail­able to build a fully fin­ished and fur­nished may­oral house, in­clud­ing a fire pit (swim­ming pool), surely the rate pay­ers should be told about this and not have it hid­den in coun­cil ap­provals from years past?

If there was cash bud­geted in 2015/2016, has it not been lost as it was not used?

All this is go­ing on while we read weekly about roads full of pot­holes and a de­cline in mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices.

I have also seen a story that coun­cil owes Eskom mil­lions for elec­tric­ity that we have paid for, usu­ally in ad­vance with the pre paid me­ter sys­tem.

Why not just tell us, the rate pay­ers, up front the plans and the state of mu­nic­i­pal fi­nances?


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