Kokstad mayor gives people hope

2018-06-08 06:00
Speaking at the event, GKM mayor Bheki Mtolo.PHOTO:Siphelele Nketo

Speaking at the event, GKM mayor Bheki Mtolo.PHOTO:Siphelele Nketo

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GREATER Kokstad Municipality Mayor Bheki Mtolo said service delivery in Kokstad has taken a knock with the delays of some projects, however, after the appointment of new executive managers, things will get better.

He said the Department of Infrastructure and Technical Services within the municipality is working hard to make sure that roads, stormwater drains and the electricity are getting attention.

He delivered a State of the Municipality Address in the attendance of traditional leaders, politicians, businesspeople and the community of Kokstad, at Bhongweni Youth Centre on Tuesday morning.

He said a contractor has completed the relocation of water mains and the patching of potholes in some streets.

“The municipality is in the process of appointing a new contractor for the upgrading of mid-block roads. A contractor has also been appointed for the supply, delivery and installation of the mini-substations before the end of June,” said Mtolo.

He said Bhongweni roads in area 5 and 6 will be done before this year ends, and a total budget of over R8 million has been set aside. Speaking about the rehabilitation of phase 7 roads, he said road infrastructure has been completed and the contractor is busy with the installation of street lights.

“A sport complex — Jim Payne Multipurpose — will be completed before the end of December and the contractor is now busy with excavations, the construction of change rooms, swimming pools and a pump house,” said Mtolo.

He said the municipality has approved the credit control and debt collection policy to help people making arrangements for the payments of bills. “For indigent support services, the municipal council has approved 4 543 applications for the 2017/2018 financial year. Before we approved, we did a verification process where many people who do not deserve it were identified and their applications were declined,” said Mtolo.

The municipality has adopted a fraud prevention and anti-corruption strategy for the strengthening of internal controls to prevent fraud. Democratic Alliance councillor Bradwyn Marnce welcomed the mayor’s speech, however, he complained about potholes and water leaks in town, which he said are chasing investors away from Kokstad. He said unemployment in Kokstad is concerning and the mayor did not speak about it.

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