EMLM ‘busy turn­ing things around’

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The Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (EMLM) has re­sponded to a state­ment by the DA (on Page 2 of to­day’s Rep) that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is head­ing for a to­tal col­lapse, in­di­cat­ing that the party should en­gage on such is­sues in­ter­nally and not in the me­dia.

EMLM spokesper­son Fundile Feket­shane, re­act­ing to the state­ment and a re­quest to re­spond, said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity wanted to “put things into proper per­spec­tive so these al­le­ga­tions made by the DA is prop­erly re­sponded to”.

He said the DA formed part of the de­lib­er­ate body called the Enoch Mgi­jima mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil and that it took part in all the de­lib­er­a­tions start­ing from stand­ing com­mit­tees and in coun­cil. The sec­tion 71 re­ports were gen­er­ated and pre­sented to the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil and “it is ad­vis­able that they en­gage on such is­sues in­ter­nally and not in the me­dia space”.

Feket­shane said in the past the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had en­tered into the agree­ment with Eskom on is­sues of the out­stand­ing debt and that the debt was be­ing ser­viced.

“Again, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is en­gaged in rig­or­ous rev­enue col­lec­tion strate­gies so as to im­prove the fi­nan­cial per­for­mance and we call upon the debtors to pay their ac­counts. Fur­ther on, we pub­lished an ad­vert so that all our cred­i­tors should come to en­gage and ver­ify the ac­counts and ul­ti­mately agree on pay­ment ar­range­ments.”

He said the ve­hi­cle that was leased for the ex­ec­u­tive mayor Si­sisi To­lashe, “had long been re­turned” and the mayor was be­ing driven in a mu­nic­i­pal-owned ve­hi­cle.

“The mu­nic­i­pal­ity is at a stage where things are go­ing to be turned for the bet­ter (sic), so that in the end, ser­vices are de­liv­ered sus­tain­ably to the com­mu­ni­ties.”

He said there was a lot of work be­ing done to en­sure that fi­nances were sta­bilised so as to en­sure that all fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions were met as and when they arose, in­clud­ing the pay­ment of salaries and ser­vice de­liv­ery com­mit­ments.

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