Rob Haswell sweeps clean the city's halls

2007-11-18 00:00

Our city's economy is expanding considerably, and that enables us to pay salaries every month, increases every July, and a 13th cheque every October. Yet some of our staff march, or engage in go-slows almost at will.

Yet we can hardly deliver speed humps quickly. Our electricity and road networks are strained, yet we are unable to fully expend our capital budget.

We have unspent funds in salaries, yet we are short of staff on all levels. Our fleet of vehicles is inadequate and aged, and yet our service delivery areas are expanding. We still don't have a compliant website, yet we speak of an ICT hub in Edendale.

Rates is our primary source of income, yet we ask developers to walk their plans around, and there is a backlog in rates clearances.

So, just as you expect to be paid on time every month, so our customers have a right to expect all of our services on time!

Therefore, as the chief accounting officer, I will not accept excuses, tolerate corruption, or idle behaviour, at any level.

Finally, we are not paid to make excuses, we are paid to deliver, and to provide creative and practical solutions to our numerous challenges. Solutions not excuses should be our new mantra.”

We couldn't have said it better!

Hope in education

MUCH as we admit to succumbing to a tide of endless negativity once in a while, we equally appreciate the positive impact of a progressive intervention.

One such initiative is the Adopt-a-School project that represents a public private partnership between PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Project Build and the KZN Education Department. A beneficiary of the scheme is Amakholwa High School in upper Edendale that will take occupation of two classrooms, a storeroom and a tuckshop in March 2008.

The funds are subjected to a rigorous chain of accountability through Project Build. To do this, a five-stage methodology that identifies a needy school, gauges school and community commitment, and oversees any construction, is key to the process.

To date, five schools in KZN have benefited from the project.

Passing the buck

ONE organisation that is battling with its complaints department is KZN Wildlife. A reader in Durban has been trying to get someone, anyone, to respond to her bad experience at Umfolozi in January this year.

As is the nature of things of this sort, the actual complaint about dirt in a fully paid-for chalet is now playing second fiddle to the apparent inability or unwillingness of KZN Wildlife to deal with the matter. Instead, the buck has been passed from one person to another, leaving the visitor with no reason for the shoddy service.

Rising tides

THE eThekwini Metro seems to be taking climate change and its impacts seriously - it has been factoring an annual sea level rise of three millimetres in its planning.

Last word

THE travails besetting the world of flight in South Africa apparently has given rise to a new competition in which domestic airlines see who can cover routes the fastest with planes held together with the least number of cable ties.

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