Mayor addresses service delivery issues

2015-05-22 06:00
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umuziwabantu mayor Dixie Nciki

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THE Umuziwabantu mayor, Dixie Nciki, municipal manager Sazi Mbhele and director of community management West Gumede addressed the media about issues the community of Umuziwabantu have raised regarding service delivery.

The mayor said there had been community protests after the integrated development plan and budget road shows at various venues. The mayor said no matter how their concerns had been raised it is important that the municipality address them.

Nciki said they have met with communities and have received memorandums.

“We are working to ensure that we deal with issues raised on the memorandum,” she said.

The mayor said they are aware that some communities are dissatisfied with the pace of service delivery and this may be caused by a lack of communication between the municipality and communities.

Some of the issues raised included tarred roads, water and a taxi rank, among many others.

The mayor said tarring Shepstone and Turner streets is under way however, she was disappointed to see people marching and burning tyres on the same road they had asked to be tarred.

“This is the same road they had requested to be tarred and we have delivered,” she said.

The mayor said service delivery is also taking place at Umuziwabantu.

The mayor listed some of the projects that have been constructed since 2011 - the upgrade of Greenfields, Weza Bridge, Livingstone and Hancock street lights, a recreational park in Ward 3 and others which have been completed, and others that are still under construction. She also mentioned a mall in Harding which created job opportunities for the people of Harding.

Municipal officials said that most of the issues in the memorandum are projects that are in the IDP plan and have been included in the 2015/2016 budget.

The mayor said the municipality will appoint communication personnel soon.

She said with regards to water, the Ugu District Municipality is upgrading the Weza­ Dam, but unfortunately, with the current drought, the issue is very difficult to address.

THE MAYOR SAID TARRING SHEPSTONE AND TURNER STREETS IS UNDER WAY HOWEVER, SHE WAS

DISAPPOINTED TO SEE

PEOPLE MARCHING AND BURNING TYRES ON THE SAME ROAD THEY HAD ASKED TO BE TARRED

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