Tweni Ratepayers Association secretary Mike Davies. (Kaveel Singh, News24)
Durban – A senior official of the Tweni Ratepayers Association in the South Coast says that despite a number of infrastructural challenges, management at the municipality is "willing to listen".
"Overall I think our municipality is a good one. It is certainly better than most. The municipal manager is a nice guy who is willing to listen to us. The mayor is very friendly. This is a nice place to live. We have a good working relationship with them," said Mike Davies, secretary at the ratepayers association.
Davies, a former Wales national, said that South African municipalities were no different from any other in the rest of the world.
"I can tell you it is the same everywhere. In Wales it was definitely the same."
Speaking on some of the challenges faced on the ground, Davies claimed that more than 50% of municipal funds were spent on salaries.
Davies said the ratepayers association monitored a group of municipal labour workers and concluded they only worked for 45% of the day.
"We have addressed it with the municipality. The municipality told us that 'we are aware that our supervisors are not supervising correctly and we will address that soon'. We have been told this quite a bit."
Davies said that they last met with the municipality before Christmas to discuss the salary issue.
"We are not telling them anything they do not know already, but now we have quantified it. We know they have challenges also."
The Hibiscus Coastal Municipality did not respond to questions on Davies figures.
According to Davies, the weather in the South Coast made for good living.
"The weather here is perfect. The winter here is better than the summer overseas. I would definitely encourage people to visit us here."
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