Broke NW municipality tells staff to bring their own toilet rolls

2015-06-07 06:00

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Johannesburg - The financial health of the Ngaka Modiri Molema district, a penniless North West municipality, is seemingly not getting any better – so much so that employees have been urged to bring their own toilet paper because it cannot afford to replenish even these basic supplies.

A number of employees, including a cleaner at the Mahikeng-based municipality, confirmed that no toilet paper roll holders were refilled this week and they had run out in some blocks of the building.

A cleaner has also confirmed that there were no cleaning detergents available to clean floors and toilets in the offices, which were resulting in a foul smell.

This is the last straw for the municipality, which was forced to cash in an investment so that salaries could be paid last month.

It happened the same week the municipality was placed under administration for the second time in about a year.

Administrator at the municipality Nono Dince admitted last week: “The state of the finances is not good because the value or amount of current liabilities exceeds current assets – that is, the amount the municipality is obliged to pay exceeds the amount of cash the municipality has in the bank.”

This week, however, municipal spokesperson Letlhogonolo Matsose denied that the municipality had sent out a memorandum to employees urging them to bring their own toilet rolls.

But City Press has seen a copy of the memorandum written on a council letterhead and signed on May 20 by the administration manager.

“This is to notify you that we have run out of cleaning material, including air freshener and toilet paper. Our budget has been depleted since last year.

“Recommendation: that each employee provide him/herself with toilet paper until such a time when we are able to provide for the municipality.”

At least three people who spoke to City Press said they had seen the memorandum circulated to a number of offices. They further confirmed that toilet paper had indeed started running out this week.

Meanwhile, Matsose could not deny or accept that there were problems with cleaning detergents and toilet paper stock.

He could only say that a memorandum to that extent could only have been issued by the municipal manager or administrator. “Therefore, our brief enquiry highlighted that the acting senior manager of cooperative resource support services is not aware of the indicated memorandum, although an investigation is currently under way,” she said.

Ngaka Modiri Molema is also sitting on what it believes are too many employees and was looking into terminating the contracts of about 600 employees. 

Dince said: “Some of the appointments have been made outside the council-approved organogram ... These cases are being investigated and engagements will be held with the affected employees before any final steps are taken.”

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