State of City Address at Royal Showgrounds

2015-08-06 06:00
Mayor Chris Ndlela at the State of the City Address at the Royal Showgrounds on Friday.

Mayor Chris Ndlela at the State of the City Address at the Royal Showgrounds on Friday. PHOTO: NOMPENDULO NGUBANE

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“AS the municipality, our aim is to make sure that the issue of taxis avoiding certain roads because of bad road conditions, has come to an end,” said mayor Chris Ndlela to residents at the State of the City Address on Friday at the Royal Showgrounds.

Repairing and maintaining the city’s ageing infrastructure was some of the issues Ndlela said are crucial.

In taking care of this the Msunduzi Municipality has set aside R250 million to address the repair and the maintenance backlog.

Ndlela said that could be seen by the trenches that have been dug in and around the city. The work and maintenance is more than two thirds of the way through and it is only the beginning of their plan to eradicate repairs and maintenance backlogs throughout the city.

“Our roads construction section constructed more than the target of 10.5kms of tarred roads in various wards of Greater Edendale and Vulindlela areas during the 2014/15 financial year.

“Some of these are KwaNyamazane, Esigodini, which are Hlubi, Shezi and Ntshingila and Ashdown roads.

Over and above this the municipality rehabilitated about 20 000 square metres of road with that had various

defects and deformations in many wards amounting to about R9.3 million.

Some of those roads that were attended to are Eland Road in Ashdown, Mvuthuza in Imbali and Bhambatha Road,” said Ndlela.

Ndlela made it clear that the issue of electricity is a national matter that affects all residents.

“Some are affected by illegal connections while others get killed because of illegal connections.

“As the municipality we are dealing with the stealing of electricity by sending our task team to disconnect the illegal connections,” he said.

Ndlela also spoke about economic development, good governance, the year of the Freedom Charter and the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) that will be introduced in the city

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