Services at standstill in parts of North West - DA

2014-05-22 20:36
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Johannesburg -The municipal offices in Sannieshof in the Tswaing local municipality in the North West have been closed for the past three months, the local DA said on Thursday.

"Residents cannot obtain any service a municipality is functionally obliged to render," DA caucus leader in the area Carin Visser said in a statement.

Several problems had been experienced in all departments, including bulk water shortages since 2003.

Bulk water supply projects were cancelled by the Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality and the money spent on a municipal building in Mahikeng.

There was also no disaster relief emergency water supply operational plan when needed.

"The rapid response unit of the premier could not resolve the problem..." said Visser.

The four emergency boreholes drilled in 2013 were still not connected to the network to relieve the bulk water supply problems and sewage reservoirs on residential and business properties were constantly overflowing.

"Equipment [was] not available to service the sites," she said.

The waste water treatment works were neglected and dysfunctional and there was no control over dumping of raw sewage.

"The municipal tractors had also broken down causing no services in refuse removal," said Visser.

Pending investigation

The licensing department in the area was closed down due to irregularities and a pending investigation, and there were no municipal burial services in the area.

Consumer accounts were not being sent out, and when they were sent out, the information and readings were inaccurate.

There was no consumer desk to report problems to. Roads were not maintained and had potholes and water damage.

Visser said the electrical supply in the area could not meet the demand of new developments and there was no public participation in the legal processes of council.

"The ANC-governed Tswaing does not comply with their constitutional or statutory obligations as a local municipality."

She said provincial intervention was "the inevitable alternative as ANC governance continues to fail the people of Tswaing".

The municipal manager could not be reached for comment.

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