Coun­cil­lor blames mu­nic­i­pal­ity for cri­sis

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

THE Demo­cratic Al­liance in the uMkhanyakude Dis­trict is con­cerned about the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing state of ser­vice de­liv­ery and wa­ter cri­sis in the dis­trict.

The party has asked the MEC for Cooperative Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs to in­ter­vene.

Mtu­batuba Mu­nic­i­pal­ity DA PR Coun­cil­lor An­na­cle­tah Mabika, said that the dis­trict res­i­dents have been faced with wa­ter crises over the past seven years.

‘Our dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity has failed to de­liver on its man­date, and is re­fus­ing to take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for this prob­lem. In­stead they choose to blame the wa­ter cuts on in­fra­struc­ture main­te­nance and up­grades, which is an ex­cuse they have used since 2011.

‘uMkhanyakude Dis­trict’s wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture is not only old, but is strug­gling to meet the in­creas­ing wa­ter de­mands placed upon it. This has had a cu­mu­la­tive neg­a­tive im­pact on de­vel­op­ment projects in the dis­trict and the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try.’

Mabika said they are also con­cerned about the string of ser­vice de­liv­ery protests which have be­come a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence, es­pe­cially in Ward 15 in the Machib­ini area.

uMkhanyakude Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Mdu Dlamini, said the dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity is work­ing closely with Cogta to ad­dress the wa­ter is­sues.

‘Coun­cil­lor Mabika has served on the uMkhanyakude Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and pre­vi­ously did not raise such con­cerns.

‘She has seen the ef­forts that our dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity have put in to en­sure ci­ti­zens re­ceive wa­ter and was part of the mu­nic­i­pal team which ap­proved the bud­get.’

Dlamini said Mabika was aware that the dis­trict had a lim­ited bud­get to cover the needs of all in­hab­i­tants, and re­futed a claim that the mayor Mkhombo and act­ing mu­nic­i­pal man­ager failed to meet with St Lu­cia res­i­dents.

‘Cur­rently some projects such as the Jozini wa­ter project have been com­pleted and will be pro­vid­ing wa­ter to Jozini, Mbazwana, Hluh­luwe and Ing­wavuma.

‘The coun­cil also re­solved to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the Shem­ula wa­ter scheme, which sup­plies wa­ter to uMh­labuyalin­gana com­mu­ni­ties, while the Hlabisa-Mad­lakazi wa­ter scheme is close to be­ing com­pleted.

Dlamini noted that the Mpukun­y­oni and Hluh­luwe phase 4 wa­ter schemes are also al­most com­pleted.

DA PR Coun­cil­lor An­na­cle­tah Mabika says the uMkhanyakude Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is fail­ing its res­i­dents

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