‘What slothfulness, what waste of tax money’

2014-08-18 00:00


Claude Edwards of Howick wrote in complaining about the lack of service delivery by uMngeni Municipality. He said there were 29 dangerous potholes from Howick High School down Amber Avenue to Howick Prep School which needed urgent attention.

Edwards urged the municipality to sort out the problem urgently to avoid accidents and refundable tyre and rim damages by Howick residents, many of whom were senior citizens.

uMngeni Municipality responded that there was a strategy to effectively and systematically carry out pothole repairs in the town. Spokesperson Thando Mgaga said they were fixing potholes suburb by suburb and were going to be in Amber Avenue within three weeks. Mgaga said the municipality had adopted this systematic approach to pothole repairs to save money and work more productively.

Synchronising Chaos

Fred McMillan writes: “A long while ago, one was able to cruise up Boshoff at 6.50 in the morning from Victoria to Langalibalele Streets without a single stop.”

Then about five months ago things changed; there were two stops. The blame was a cable being damaged somewhere and needing to be located. The situation had since become worse, McMillan said. He now has to stop at each and every intersection. The frustration being that when one robot turns green, the next turns red.

“Apart from the frustration, my daily commute to work [10 km] is 12 minutes longer. My fuel consumption has gone up by 2,5 litres per 100 km — that is approximately 60 litres of fuel extra per year.

“At the current diesel price, it added R752,40 to my fuel bill. Multiply that by the hundreds of commuters going up the same street … I won’t even comment on the chaos in the afternoons …

“So my question is, when is the municipality going to sort this out, synchronisation in the whole of PMB as a matter of fact?”

• Witness Warriors forwarded McMillan’s query to the municipality, but received no response. The computer glitch continues … messages are still being delayed.

Not all new brooms sweeping clean

There are already complaints filtering in of the new street cleaning staff slacking off.

Reuben Govender reported a group of ladies sitting from around 8.30 am until about 10.30 am in Northdale. He said they were eating, reading the newspaper, listening to radio and chatting.

He called the municipality and complained; the supervisor returned his call and said he was on his way to the site. Govender said whether the supervisor checked up or not he can’t say for certain. What he does know is that the work team eventually put out their traffic cones and “lethargically” swept the leaves, etc into heaps. He said these were left in piles but not put into bin bags, and the wind blew it all over the place again. “What slothfulness, what waste of tax money — no supervision, no accountability. Please do something,” he pleaded.

There were complaints from a city centre business that street sweepers were allegedly spotted sweeping the rubbish down the storm water drains. The supervisors will need to peer down the drains to check that this is not happening.

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