Insurance claims against city are falling

2013-10-04 00:00

INSURANCE claims for pothole damages within the Msunduzi Municipality declined from 10 in January to just two by mid-year. Similarly, claims for compensation after power outages came down from 16 to zero.

For executive committee (Exco) members this was an indication that the municipality was beginning to function normally, a year-and-a-half after coming out of administration.

DA executive member Bill Lambert said this was cause for celebration and that staff particularly in the electricity unit deserved showers of accolades for reducing power claims from 16 to zero. He asked deputy municipal manager Thokozani Maseko to thank the staff for their hard work.

Mayor Chris Ndlela took a more cautious approach, saying that the challenges were not quite over. “The power struggle continues in the city as we endeavour to upgrade our ageing infrastructure,” he said.

Ndlela said it was heartening to see that work was being done and he too commended the staff.

Insurance claims were down all round. By mid-year there were no claims for theft, for damages caused by burst water pipes, trenches or trees falling.

Claims for damages caused by power surges had reduced from 10 in June to none in July. Claims for council vehicle accidents came down from six in January to two in July.

Exco members expressed their hope that the situation should last.

According to Sipho Nxumalo, process manager for expenditure, insurance claims were received on a daily basis from the various business units and the general public.

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