Municipality not planning properly

2016-03-31 06:00

EVERY holiday season, South Coast residents are deprived of their basic water rights. This is a regular occurrence in Uvongo, when one is obliged to endure unhygienic conditions as the toilet cannot be flushed.

Intestinal problems can be attributed to the presence of e-coli, which inhabit our lagoons and no doubt, our sea.

Thus I appeal to residents not to pay the basic water charge for the hours and/or days they are deprived of water. This same method should be calculated when there are power outages.

The lack of basic rights may be attributed to municipalities. Why were building plans for the recent construction of sectional title residences approved when there is insufficient water, electricity and sewerage?

Is this because municipalities seek to accumulate more finance from ratepayers and where is this money destined?

There is always an audit deficit. In addition the roads are always from poorly repaired because potholes cannot accommodate the holiday traffic.

Marine Drive is a single carriageway and there is only one highway. One notes that road repairs are only undertaken prior to a holiday period, but it is the South Coast ratepayer, paying the highest rates and taxes in the country, who foots the bill.

Blame is always attributed to the apartheid government. During former, extreme drought conditions, South Africans were not subjected to water cuts. ‘n Boer maak ‘n plan contingency plans were consistently devised to prevent a catastrophe. Electrical equipment and machines were regularly inspected, serviced and repaired.

With reference to the above lack of services, any resident or councillor on the South Coast who promotes sectional title building development lacks both insight and intelligence.

El Lobo

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