Province races to finish projects

2010-12-14 11:10

Mpumalanga is scrambling to complete a raft of unfinished projects in the five months before the next local government elections, the provincial department of cooperative governance said today.

“These projects include the completion of all Municipal Infrastructure Grant projects, provision of water through boreholes and water tankers,” spokesperson Simphiwe Kunene said in a statement.

Other work included clearing sanitation backlogs, electricity for some communities, “data cleansing” to correct household accounts, filling of critical vacant posts, gravelling of roads and fixing potholes.

A recent summit, held in White River to review the province’s work since the current administration came into office in 2006, sought to identify “burning issues” and develop an “action plan of quick wins”.

Kunene could not immediately be contacted to determine the reasons for the unfinished work.

“After the unrests experienced by the province, all municipalities engaged communities and agreed on projects that must be prioritised and be addressed within the next five months, using their available resources,” he said.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Madala Masuku said protests in parts of the province earlier this year indicated there were “shortcomings” in the performance of some municipalities.

“We must continue to familiarise our communities on what municipalities are doing,” he said.

The summit was attended by executive mayors, municipal managers, members of mayoral committees, and senior provincial government officials. 

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