Fleet brings promise of service

2018-05-30 06:01
Teboho Tokeng (left) and Mzwandile Deke, TLB drivers, at the unveiling of the Mangaung Metro’s new fleet of vehicles for the provision of service delivery.Photo: Teboho Setena

Teboho Tokeng (left) and Mzwandile Deke, TLB drivers, at the unveiling of the Mangaung Metro’s new fleet of vehicles for the provision of service delivery.Photo: Teboho Setena

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Faced with the challenge of rendering services such as waste collection, regardless of a shortage of vehicles and equipment, the Mangaung Metro has unveiled a new fleet, hoping to meet its mandate.

The fleet, consisting of heavy duty excavators and light vehicles, was unveiled by Executive Mayor Olly Mlamleli in full view of the public at Hoffman Square on Wednesday (23/05).

The acquisition of the fleet is an attempt by the Mangaung Metro’s leadership to address service delivery, and is the result of an agreement between the municipality and private entities who have come on board to assist the municipality in improving service delivery.

The Mangaung Metro’s inability to render services, which include waste collection, saw residents tired of inefficiencies expressing their anger by dumping uncollec­ted waste in the streets in recent months.

This public outrage over the municipality’s inability to deliver service also had the council under immense pressure and blamed for re-occurrences of protests by residents.

Residents resorted to the action of throwing uncollected waste in the streets, blocking roads with stones and burning tyres, thus compelling the municipality to deliver service.

Disgruntled residents spread tons of waste over main roads in the townships.

“The Mangaung Metro has, over the past few months, been faced with some service delivery challenges,” Mlamleli said.

“The city has started with the procurement of the fleet, which will go a long way towards enhancing service delivery.”

The heavy duty fleet included six TLBs, which would deal with dumping sites across the city.

Mlamleli expressed the hope that the fleet project would create possible employment opportunities, indicating the municipality’s plans to take 100 candidates in June into the metro police division, followed by 200 in January 2019.

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