‘City will tackle service delivery’

2014-12-31 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality is determined to tackle service delivery problems, including electricity, water and cleanliness, in the coming year says Mayor Chris Ndlela.

In his New Year message, Ndlela said over the past year there have been a lot of achievements and challenges.

Electricity and water have presented the most ­challenges for the municipality.

Residents without electricity have often resorted to connecting it illegally.

And over the past few weeks there have been a spate of burst water pipes resulting in water shortages.

“We still have challenges with the electricity as some areas are still left behind, [as well as] the collection of refuse and the water leakages. These are all the challenges that we will be addressing in the coming year,” he said.

“We want to bring basic services to all areas. We want to bring electricity to the areas that do not have it, ­especially in the informal settlements.

“We already have projects going on in areas like ­Nhlalakahle.”

He said the challenge will be the capacity of Eskom.

The municipality recently revealed that it had a healthy bank balance that allowed it to undertake significant ­projects without the need for financial aid from the provincial government.

Ndlela said the council brought stability to the ­municipality and had improved its coffers.

“The current collection rate is around 90%, which is high by national standards,” he said.

“We want to encourage those who can afford to pay for the services to do so. And we want those who cannot afford to pay to come and register for our indigent ­programme.

“We want our citizens, and visitors to relax and enjoy this period with their families,” Ndlela said.

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