City Watch

2009-09-11 00:00

U. RAWAT writes: I write this letter with reference to our president’s promise that where service delivery is found deficient, this would not be tolerated and severe action would be enforced.

Over the years, swim clubs, schools and ratepayers have written numerous letters and in some cases petitions were sent to ward councillors, senior executive managers, the city manager and even ANC offices without much joy.

Yet again parks and recreation, the department in charge of our public swimming pools, has failed to deliver swimming facilities on time.

We have just experienced weather temperatures above the 30 degrees Celsius mark during the first three days of September, but unfortunately ratepayers were once again inconvenienced in that the Olympia swimming pool in the northern areas isn’t open as yet.

The inability to deliver swimming facilities on time is a practice that has been going on for a number of years and despite ratepayers’ complaints, officials remain indifferent. What one finds difficult to comprehend is: why do these officials fail time and again to repair and undertake whatever needs to be undertaken at our swimming pools during the four winter months when these facilities are closed?

This is definitely unacceptable and needs urgent attention, yet senior officials seem uninterested. During the past swimming season, ratepayers were subjected to facilities where there was no crowd control; where bathers’ safety was compromised by unsafe facilities; insufficient lifeguards and there were drownings that still remain unexplained.

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Ntobeko Ngcobo said a detailed response explaining the circumstances would be provided in due course.

KENNETH Gwala writes: On July 27 a letter was sent by registered post to the manager in the office of the executive requesting him to clarify the position of site ERF 206 in Ashdown township where ownership of the site was in dispute.

According to the file in the municipality office, the ERF 206 site is allocated to Ashdown Methodist Church, but it transpires that the Zion Apostolic Church has a deed of grant of site ERF 206. There are documents in the municipality’s office that state that the Zion Apostolic Church used forgery to gain ownership of site ERF 206 and this was done by one of the municipality’s staff members. As a result, the original file in the municipality’s office got lost.

The Methodist Church wants to continue to build on the site. Request is hereby made to the municipality to clarify the dispute about this site. The municipality has not replied to our letter.

Ntobeko Ngcobo responds: The site is registered in the name of The Zion Apostolic Church and was transferred to them during the period of the administration of the old township managers. The Ashdown Methodist Church is in possession of a Permission to Occupy Certificate (PTO). Technically the property should have been transferred to them. The file is lost and therefore it cannot be determined whether the Methodist church are in breach of the conditions of the PTO or if forgery occurred. The Methodist Church were advised to either take legal action or choose an alternate site. They have chosen an alternate site and have lodged an application.

N. DICKSON writes: I want to thank ward councillor Mergan Chetty and the team from the Msunduzi electricity department for going beyond the call of duty and getting our electricity fixed on Tuesday (September 8). A transmission box outside our home in Allandale exploded and the electricity was cut. Those of us who heard the explosion were traumatised. In that instance we couldn’t even remember the number of the fire department. One of us in the household had Chetty’s number and called him. Within minutes of the call, the fire brigade was there, followed by staff from the electricity department. Chetty himself came over. Shaun and his team from the electricity department worked from about 8 pm until 1.45 am, when our lights came on. They worked in the cold and in the rain and never lost their patience when badgered by residents in the street. Thank you once more to all of you for showing us what true service delivery is all about, and keep up the good work.

SANDRA Land writes: What a great tidy up has been done on the Thornville/Richmond Road. It looks so much better. Thank you. I do hope that someone has remembered to pick up the black plastic bags, though, or all that effort and time will be wasted if they are left there and get torn up.

We really need some kind of proper rubbish collection plan for this area. I am not sure if there is one.

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswoman Ntobeko Ngcobo responds: The black plastic bags have been collected. It is normal procedure that one group cleans up and another group collects the plastic bags.

DO you take pride in your city? Play an active role in our Take Pride in Your City Campaign. Imagine the difference to our environment if each resident helped keep the city clean. Let us know about residents who are actively doing something in the city so we can feature them on our pages. E-mail your pictures, stories and suggestions for the municipality to citywatch@witness.co.za, nelly@witness.co.za or Sanelisiwe.Shamase@jhb.naspers.co.za.

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