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Ekurhuleni services 'for rich and poor'

2011-06-02 16:01

Johannesburg - Delivering services to the poor will not come at the expense of the wealthy in Ekurhuleni, newly-elected mayor Mondli Gungubele said on Thursday.

"... In our endeavours to deliver to the poor, we should not find ourselves lowering standards for those already accustomed to high standards," he told the National Union of Mineworkers' central committee in Boksburg.

"After all, we are convinced that the poor aspire to a standard of living that is enjoyed by the wealthy.

"On their part, the wealthy pay for the services they receive and hence deserve for those to be maintained at a high level."

The metro would "maintain" the levels of delivery to "affluent" areas and would try to "systematically extend" these services to the rest of the residents.

Elections

Gungubele said the ANC had waged a "bruising campaign" in the recent local government elections.

"Objectively speaking, there were times when we did not seem to be on top of our game," he said.

This was a cause for concern and required that the ANC and its allies review its "strategy and tactics" going forward.

On the poll results, he said analysts had a "field day" reflecting on the trends and what these meant for the ANC.

"What appears not to be in contention is that the [Democratic Alliance] has made some gains, consolidating its support base in minority areas and making some inroads in our traditional strongholds," he said.

Gungubele said the DA's performance should be of "major concern" to the ANC.

Traditional support


"They defeated us emphatically in Cape Town... In contrast to the DA, we as the ANC seem to have lost out traditional support, especially in minority areas," he said.

On the upside, the ward in which ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe lives in Boksburg was now controlled by the ANC, he said.

"So, if Comrade Mantashe walks with a much lighter step of late, that is because we now have a situation where our SG is not under DA rule."

NUM's central committee meeting takes place over two days on the East rand.

Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is expected to address the meeting. An ANC leader is also expected to take to the podium later on Thursday.

Comments
  • Smaal - 2011-06-02 16:07

    Let me know how that works out for you in lala land.

  • Eric - 2011-06-02 16:26

    IT IS NOT NESSISERY TO BE SPITEFULL TO DO YOUR JOB, WITH THE CURRENT MONEYs YOU ARE STEELING, would be a better point to start from. "STUPID ONE" Time for stealing has come and gone. Just use the money that is there (or the money all ready stolen from the poor and allow for it to be channelled away from the greedy officials. then there would be more than enough.

  • Audacious - 2011-06-02 16:29

    Sanity previals, but for how long? The attitude is 100% correct. I like him already

  • Smindlo - 2011-06-02 16:39

    so how come all areas are full of rubbish? how about the pothole in front of Greenstone Mall thats been there for the past two months? you are a very very useless mayor. the only thing you people do best is to give out tenders. the less said about Germiston Central the better. that place is filthy and stinking.

      Shrek - 2011-06-02 16:45

      What a Wally????Potholes and lazy officials cannot be rectified by sweeping a wand. Give the man a chance Jeez.............

  • Smindlo - 2011-06-02 16:41

    and mayor I will not call people who pay for services rich. I pay for services yet I am not rich. how do i qualify for free water and electricity? useless maggot.

  • Dee - 2011-06-02 16:46

    "we should not find ourselves lowering standards for those already accustomed to high standards" Uhm ... there are high standards in Ekurhuleni? Where?

  • ofi - 2011-06-02 16:50

    just like the saying "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" i hope Mr. Mayor won't take overseas trips, book in most expensive hotels around the world, with tax payers money... we wait and see

  • Lump of coal - 2011-06-02 16:57

    Lived in Ekurhuleni area for 42 yrs. In past 17 yrs Zero new hospitals/clinics and Zero new schools in my town. ??? Money wasted on changing airport name (twice) hundreds of millions if you count the party !!!! Forgive me if I remain sceptical !!!

      Lump of coal - 2011-06-02 16:59

      Perhaps Mr Mayor could start by investigating the sale of land zoned for education to a prvate developer in Sunward park ????

  • Tea party - 2011-06-02 16:58

    "... In our endeavours to deliver to the poor, we should not find ourselves lowering standards for those already accustomed to high standards". Mr. Gungubele seems to be suffering from psychosis if he thinks that what they have been delivering a high standard of service to their community in the past. He's lost the battle before he's even begun.The ANC people think they are so great, but it doesn't take 17 years to get basic service delivery right. It's also inexcusable that after 17 years they don't even have a valid reason for the epic service delivery fail. To say that we can't deliver services because we have thieving idiots running the municipalities will not be acceptable in any other country in the world. Here in SA it gets you 63% of the vote!

      lilo69 - 2011-06-02 19:28

      I could become a "tea"totaler. Well said. Hopefully more and more people would start seeing the truth.

  • johan - 2011-06-02 16:59

    THE ANC IS SEEING THE WRITING ON THE WALL. THEIR SHORTFALLS ARE MANY.I DO NOT THINK THEY CAN PULL UP THEIR SOCKS FAST ENOUGH. IF SARS DOES A AUDIT STARTING WITH ZUMA AND MALEMA THEY MIGHT SEE THE LIGHT,BUT THAT MEANS THE WHOLE PUTRID SORE WILL BE OPENED. IF JUSTICE IS SERVED,AND THE POOR MASSES WITCH ARE BEING MISLED BY THE RULING PARTY MIGHT WAKE UP AND THEN WE CAN START A NEW LIFE.

  • theprodigy - 2011-06-02 17:13

    Its a lot better than what other morons in the ANC are saying.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 21:35

    Let the propaganda begin ... Must be election time or something ... Damn the man.

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