Municipal projects - ‘white elephants’

2017-05-26 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoThe unused Shayamoya Eco-complex.

Photo: siphelele nketoThe unused Shayamoya Eco-complex.

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UNUSED government facilities, including the Shayamoya Eco-complex and the Light Industrial Park are a concern to Kokstad resident, with opposition parties blaming the government for misusing taxpayers’ funds.

The eco-complex and industrial park for the Kokstad community to was opened last year by Greater Kokstad Municipality but have not been used since.
The industrial park was built for local business people to exhibit and sell their products, and the eco-complewas meant to be for people to host social events.
DA Deputy chair in Harry Gwala, Bradwyn Marnce said the party complained to the provincial legislature about unused government facilities and said more that R40 million was spent on the projects, but they serve no purpose.

“The two projects have become white elephants. It seems as if the projects were built for the ruling party to gain votes at last year’s local government elections. We want the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs to investigate why they are not being used,” said Marnce.

EFF member, Dumisani Dlamini said the construction of Shayamoya Eco-complex was a waste of taxpayers’ money and some people have benefitted unduly. “Kokstad has a housing crisis and the money that was used to construct the projects was supposed to be used to build houses, and solve other problems. How can you build a complex in an area where 98% of the young people are unemployed?” said Dlamini.

The Shayamoya Eco-complex is surrounded by overgrown grass and weeds and the gym equipment inside is rusting.
Greater Kokstad Municipality spokesperson, Sabelo Ncwane denied that the facilities were built to score political goals. He said the municipality is working to ensure that all government facilities are used by the people.

“The new municipal manager, Lulamile Mapholoba wants to see all government facilities operating and helping the people of Kokstad,” said Ncwane.   

 

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