Poor delivery service, a reality

2015-08-26 06:00

WE have been inundated with complaints regarding faulty street lights, overgrown verges, illegal and unsightly signage and the unpleasant smell around the Kingsburgh Waste Water Treatment Works along Longacres drive, Amanzimtoti.

The reality being that it is something that repeats itself annually following the end of the municipality’s financial year-end and quite frankly, it just relates to poor planning as everyone is quite aware that contracts do come to an end, and as such have to be awarded timely to ensure continuation of expected service delivery – which is however, clearly lacking.

Discussions with various departments confirm that contractors submitted tenders as long as three months ago, but are still awaiting the outcome from supply chain management and as such they are only able to assist using their internal resources – this as opposed to external service providers, resulting in prioritisation and subsequent backlogs.

The Longacres Drive Waste Water Treatment Works being no exception, and following a site meeting on 24 July, tenders for sludge removal closed on Friday,14 August. While in wait of the 2015/16 tender being awarded and with sludge not being removed, the works have reverted back to on-site treatment using the dry-bed method that in turn accounts for the unpleasant smell, especially when the dry beds are re-activated during rain – staff are administering FHPY (a deodorising chemical) daily in an effort to alleviate the smell.

We can confirm that an interim emergency allocation has been approved in terms of Section 36 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) that will accommodate sludge removal for a period of three weeks – expected inception Wednesday, 26 August – while the outcome of tenders are awaited.

With the Kingsburgh works set to expand it’s current 7800m3 daily capacity to and eventual 30000m3 (over an extended period), one of several options under consideration could be future on-site treatment – using new and improved methods - as opposed to sludge removal.

Cllr André Beetge Via email

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