Action to improve services

2015-09-02 06:00

THE Free State Goldfields (FGF) Chamber of Business has already taken steps to bring an end to the mismanagement and implosion of services which has become the fate of Goldfielders over the past two decades.

During an executive council meeting of the FGF Chamber of Business, which was held on 20 August before the water cut, it was decided that municipal mismanagement had already reached levels where it could not be rehabilitated internally.

Debt to Sedibeng Water and Eskom amounts to billions of rands.

There is also a looming sewerage disaster with the rainy season around the corner.

The Goldfields Chamber of Business, through its two parent organisations – the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHi) and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) – has requested an urgent meeting with the legal department of the National Treasury.

Schalk van der Merwe, president of the FGF Chamber of Business, confirmed to Vista, sister newspaper of Express Goldfields andamp; NFS, that the two umbrella organisations, which represent 80% of organised business in South Africa, will now act on a national level to bring a remedy to the Free State Goldfields.

The FSGF Chamber of Business believes this is the only way to improve service delivery in the Matjhabeng municipal area.

Van der Merwe said this action between organised business and the National Treasury could lead to a solution countrywide to bring an end to maladministration in municipalities and the widespread implosion of municipal services.

He said there was no other solution to the crisis, as previous attempts had failed because there was no political will to execute recommendations made by knowledgeable people.

At one stage Adv. Jannie Lubbe was sent to implement a turn-around strategy, however, his recommendations were ignored.

“The local chamber of business will therefore proceed with its plan of action to ensure the survival of the area economically, politically and socially,” said Van der Merwe.

“The chamber will act in the best interest of all parties involved and will find a solution to ensure the long-term sustainability of ­businesses.”

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