Brand-new vehicles for Msunduzi: Handle with care, says mayor

2012-07-11 00:00

MSUNDUZI mayor Chris Ndlela yesterday warned staff members that there would be no more excuses for service delivery failure as they now had a fleet of new vehicles worth R15 million to get them where they were needed around the city.

Addressing workers at the Harry Gwala Stadium during the handover of 70 brand-new vehicles, Ndlela warned the workers to make sure they used them with care.

He said: “There is no more hiding, because the tools are here. Please make sure that you use them for what they are meant for.

“I have been receiving a volume of calls from the public complaining about our cars parked in taverns while they are supposed to be collecting refuse or other work.

“I think these tools will help us quickly attend to the complaints.”

The vehicles are 10 sedans, two water tankers, one vacuum tanker, eight four-ton trucks and 50 bakkies. Some of the bakkies are 4x4s; others are NP200 and 300s.

“The vehicles will be allocated to different departments of the municipality with the new branding,” said municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma.

Ndlela warned the staff that the tracking systems installed in the cars would be monitored and those who broke the law will be prosecuted.

Chris Viljoen, of Early Warning Cop, the company that installed the tracker system, said they had placed passenger seat sensors in the vehicles to monitor how many passengers were being carried. He said the tracker system would also help to thwart thefts of petrol, batteries and tyres.

In the past the municipality faced huge losses in this regard, he said.

The municipality spent R3 000 on installing this system in each car. The system costs R150 per month per car.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said the system would help the municipality keep its vehicles for a long time and would teach staff to treat them as if they were theirs.

“We plead with our staff to take good care of these tools. They must be used responsibly. They are not luxury, but they are here for services [to be rendered],” said Nkosi.

PMB Chamber of Business CEO Melanie Veness applauded the municipality for the new vehicles.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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