Warriors’ 2014 inroads

2014-12-15 00:00

Xmas bouquets

WITNESS Warriors is taking a break for the festive season and will resume in the New Year. A big thank you to Msunduzi Municipality’s Thobeka Mafumbatha and Lungelo Sithole — they helped facilitate our many queries and were gracious even when called late in the evenings and over weekends.

A Xmas bouquet must go to Moses Ngobese and his team for sorting out the refund mess. This formed by far the bulk of the complaints to Witness Warriors through much of this year. There hasn’t been a refund complaint for the past three months. Complaints about meter readings and faulty meters have also declined. We kept the water and electricity departments busy for much of the year and despite our combative relationship, the staff were always polite.

There has been improvement in waste management as well and we wish the department the best of luck with coming to grips with that scourge in our city — illegal dumping.

Thank you to the senior management at the municipality and the councillors, who were always willing to help sort out the more complex problems. To our many readers, thank you for your patience when issues took longer to resolve, for friendly chats, excellent suggestions and for keeping this column going. A very warm Witness Warriors festive greeting to all of you!

Speed Calming

It is always best to get in touch with your ward councillor about problems in the area. Households should have the name and contact details of their ward councillor at hand.

Take the issue of speed calming. Members of the body corporate at a complex in Kitchener Road, Clarendon wrote to the municipality about five “non-fatal accidents” that had taken place in their road in the last 18 months. Two of the vehicles ended up crashing into the wall of their complex. In another incident a bush was demolished and an old municipal pole was displaced, although it did prevent the vehicle from crashing into the neighbour’s wall. Vehicles had spun out of control ending up facing in the opposite direction or lying across the road. The complex residents said that vehicles travel at great speed up and down Kitchener Road. “This road has become one of the main feeder roads to Wykeham Collegiate, Clarendon Primary Shool and Sunny Lea Nursery School, as well as the Hilltops Business Park. It also acts as a thoroughfare for vehicles coming from Blackridge, travelling to and from Wembley,” the letter read.

When the body corporate received no response to their letter, they turned to Witness Warriors. We were told that four speed humps were to be constructed in this particular ward following requests from the councillor as well as from community members. Unfortunately, the Kitchener Road request was received after the list was compiled and was already in the process for approval. Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said that a roads department technician did go out and conduct an assessment to check if the requested speed hump was warranted. The technician concluded that there was definitely a need. Mafumbatha said this request will be included on the priority list for implementation in the next financial year if funds become available.

Ward councillor Glenn MacArthur urged residents to get their requests to him early in the new year regarding speed humps and other matters, so that he can put them forward for consideration in the next budget. The same applies regarding requests in other wards.

This is the last Witness Warrior column for 2014.

It is also the last column written by Nalini Naidoo, who leaves us at the end of the month.

The column will return in the new year with Thami Magubane at the helm.

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