Dealing with a never-ending list of problems Cemetery woes

2014-07-28 00:00

JOHN Deare, on behalf of the Genealogical Society of South Africa, repeated a request to the municipality to fix the broken water pipe in the Commercial / Chief Albert Luthuli Road cemetery near Old Grey’s Hospital.

He said: “We reported this two years ago. It appeared to be eventually fixed, but I have a suspicion that [the municipality] simply turned off the main supply. It must have been turned on again as it now gushes forth unabated from the same position.”

Deare suspected that the leak had not been fixed because the plumbers could not get into the locked grounds. “They simply need to contact the parks department to have the gate opened … or go through the various holes in the fence.”

Deare added a further challenge to the municipality. “Talking of holes in the fence, there is an enormous one in Miller Street (north-east side) where the prostitutes ply their trade, judging by the number of used condoms and packaging in the cemetery area. Perhaps your staff would like to clean up that mess as well or challenge the condom suppliers to do so.”

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the plumbers were contacted and had fixed the leak. She said that the cemetery would be fenced and security posted to end the prostitution problem.

Street lights and robots

John Carr pointed out that whoever was replacing the street lights in the city had placed them right where the robot was situated.

An example of this was in Boshoff Street. The result was that with the light shining from above, it was difficult to see whether the robot was indicating “stop” or “go”.

Mafumbatha said the contractor had been asked to rectify the problem.

Electricity service

Sheryl Yoko sent an e-mail in despair when at 5.30 pm on a Sunday she still did not have electricity after her lights went off at 10.30 that morning. She soon realised that hers was the only house affected, called the faults section and was given a reference number. She had visions of all her food going off while she also worried about what would happen that night as she required a nebuliser for a chest infection.

On Monday morning she e-mailed to say that an electricity department team had arrived at 11 pm the previous night and fixed a fuse that had blown on the electricity pole outside her property. The fuse was replaced within 10 mintues and her power restored.

E-mail delays

Witness Warriors had a bad week, as just about every e-mail sent to the municipality was delayed. We reported the problem to Mafumbatha, who in turn got her IT department involved. However, even a test e-mail sent was delayed. The municipality must sort out its communication systems if it wants to become more service oriented.

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