Maile cer­tain of City coun­cil dis­so­lu­tion

Thumbs up at public meet­ing for his stance

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - RAPULA MOATSHE [email protected]

MEC for Co-oper­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Le­bo­gang Maile last night got a thumbs up dur­ing a public meet­ing in Mamelodi for dis­band­ing the Tsh­wane gov­ern­ment.

Those who were at the meet­ing, held at Ik­a­geng Com­mu­nity Hall, also vented their deep-seated frus­tra­tion about poor ser­vice de­liv­ery.

They ac­cused ANC coun­cil­lors for show­ing favouritis­m to cer­tain res­i­dents and threat­en­ing them when­ever they voiced their griev­ances.

Maile said he would not ar­gue with res­i­dents about their com­plaints be­cause they were the ones who knew about their prob­lems.

He ex­pressed re­lief that res­i­dents sup­ported the de­ci­sion to place the metro un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion. “At least 90% said they agreed with our de­ci­sion,” he said.

How­ever, there were oth­ers who were not in favour of the de­ci­sion.

He was in Tsh­wane to ex­plain to com­mu­ni­ties the rea­sons be­hind the de­ci­sion to place the metro un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He said he was still wait­ing for the go-ahead from Co-oper­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces (NCOP).

He ex­pressed con­fi­dence that both par­ties would be sup­port­ive of the de­ci­sion to put Tsh­wane un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Asked whether his visit to Mamelodi was part of the elec­tion cam­paign, he said: “We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity as gov­ern­ment and if we ever al­low our­selves to be black­mailed we will never do our work.”

Maile said the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil was pre­oc­cu­pied with pre­par­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to work in tan­dem with ad­min­is­tra­tors. “We must pre­pare our­selves and not get caught off guard as if we are not sure. We are sure and con­fi­dent it is go­ing to hap­pen. As I speak to you to­day and to­mor­row there is a work­shop of se­nior man­agers by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to pri­ori­tise plans to look at the re­sources and look at the chal­lenges that are there and ad­vise on what it is that we must do as the province and re­in­force be­cause things can’t re­main the same af­ter the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has been dis­solved,” he said.

When the ad­min­is­tra­tors take over they must hit the ground run­ning and im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery dras­ti­cally be­fore the by-elec­tions. “We don’t want the ad­min­is­tra­tors to come and start by try­ing to un­der­stand the prob­lem. The ad­min­is­tra­tors must come and solve the prob­lem,” he said.

“We would not have se­cured it and it would mean that by law we would have to go back to square one to look at what is it that we do as the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment. At this point we are not even think­ing about not se­cur­ing con­cur­rence. We are so con­fi­dent that we know we are go­ing to get it. There is no­body who is go­ing to dis­agree. The sit­u­a­tion has gone out of con­trol.”

He lashed out at the de­ci­sion by act­ing Tsh­wane speaker Zweli Khu­malo to con­vene a coun­cil sit­ting on Tues­day, say­ing his mo­tive was to dele­git­imise the de­ci­sion of the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

Maile said it cost the City about R400 000 to con­vene a coun­cil sit­ting.

“You saw yes­ter­day that they failed to quo­rate. The meet­ing of yes­ter­day was an at­tempt to dele­git­imise the de­ci­sion of the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil and un­for­tu­nately they were left with egg on their face. We were vin­di­cated and it was clear that there is no coun­cil any­more,” he said.

THE new R124 mil­lion clinic in Ham­man­skraal could not be opened to the public be­cause the City of Tsh­wane failed to in­stall elec­tric­ity and wa­ter sup­ply to the fa­cil­ity, Pre­mier David Makhura said yes­ter­day.

He was vis­it­ing the clinic, named Man­disa Shiceka, ac­com­pa­nied by MECs Dr Bandile Masuku and Taseem Mo­tara, to in­spect the progress since his last visit in Au­gust.

Mo­tara, who heads the In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment, said sev­eral re­quests were made in vain to the City to con­nect sewer sys­tems, elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and stormwa­ter drainage to the fa­cil­ity.

A re­port to process the re­quest was ex­pected to be served in Tsh­wane coun­cil in Septem­ber last year.

Mo­tara said the re­port could not be tabled be­fore coun­cil be­cause the sit­ting in ques­tion col­lapsed.

The de­lays in con­nect­ing power and wa­ter meant her depart­ment was forced to pay mil­lions to the con­trac­tor for pro­tect­ing the cen­tre.

From Au­gust to De­cem­ber her depart­ment paid more than R2m to the con­trac­tor.

Lack of bulk in­fra­struc­ture, Mo­tara said, also meant her depart­ment couldn’t test if the fa­cil­ity was work­ing prop­erly be­fore it was handed over to the Health Depart­ment, headed by Masuku.

Ef­forts to reach out to for­mer mayor Stevens Mok­galapa and for­mer act­ing mayor Abel Tau didn’t bear pos­i­tive re­sults, she said.

Makhura ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment about the sit­u­a­tion, say­ing the com­mu­nity was also un­happy about it.

“We were wait­ing for bulk in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices. Now it is March and we are still wait­ing.

“The com­mu­nity is un­happy. We have built the clinic and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity must con­nect bulk in­fra­struc­ture. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is not do­ing its job,” he said.

Makhura said things were about to change for the bet­ter when the ad­min­is­tra­tor takes over the City soon.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is fi­nal­is­ing pro­cesses to place the City un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In­stalling bulk in­fra­struc­ture, he said, must be one of the pri­or­i­ties of the ad­min­is­tra­tor who was ex­pected to take charge of the metro af­ter Makhura last week an­nounced a de­ci­sion to dis­solve coun­cil and put the metro un­der ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“When we say the city is dys­func­tional we mean real things. The com­mu­nity is suf­fer­ing on the ground,” he said.

One of the prob­lems con­fronting res­i­dents was a lack of clean drink­ing wa­ter.

“We came here with the for­mer mayor, Solly Msi­manga, who was dis­put­ing the fact that wa­ter is dirty,” Makhura said.

He lamented the fact that the con­struc­tion of the R525m Busi­ness Pro­cess­ing Out­sourc­ing Park, also in Ham­man­skraal, was tak­ing too long to com­plete.

He said some busi­nesses that wanted to oc­cupy the park had de­cided to do busi­ness in other prov­inces.

“When we say the com­mu­nity is suf­fer­ing it is not some­thing in our heads. It is not some­thing we have con­cocted,” he said.

He said the City had a big bud­get, but it was un­able to spend it, and thus risked hav­ing this taken away by the Na­tional Trea­sury.

With the City go­ing to by-elec­tions in 90 days, Makhura de­nied that his visit was part of the ANC’s elec­tion cam­paign.

“You can ask the ANC about the cam­paign.

“We are here for ser­vice de­liv­ery,” he said.

| OUPA MOKOENA African News Agency (ANA)

PRE­MIER David Makhura, ac­com­pa­nied by MECs Bandile Masuku and Taseem Mo­tara, dur­ing a visit to the new Man­disa Shiceka clinic in Ham­man­skraal.

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