Mayor reveals plans

2016-09-28 06:00
THE newly-elected Mangaung Metro mayor, Olly Mlamleli, being prayed for during her inauguration ceremony on Thursday (22/09).             Photo: Marietjie Gericke

THE newly-elected Mangaung Metro mayor, Olly Mlamleli, being prayed for during her inauguration ceremony on Thursday (22/09). Photo: Marietjie Gericke

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THE opening of the Mangaung taxi rank, the eradication of bucket toilets and conducting a skills audit of employees of the Mangaung Metro, are some of the tasks newly-elected Mangaung Metro mayor, Olly Mlamleli, has committed to.

She promised starting sweeping with her broom during her inauguration ceremony on Thursday (22/09).

Mlamleli tabled the metro’s five-year plan during her address at the Bram Fischer Building in Bloemfontein.

The mayor said the metro was in talks with various taxi associations to utilise the multi-million rand taxi rank in the Free State’s capital.

Since 2009, the rank has not been used because taxi operators complain that it is defective and too small Z causing traffic jams.

The rank has been regarded as a white-elephant after taxis abandoned it upon experiencing problems at exit and entry points. They resorted in parking on the streets around the taxi rank, resulting in major traffic congestions.

Mlamleli said the Mangaung Metro envisages re-opening the rank before the end of this year, pending the outcome of talks between the parties involved.

As part of the turn-around strategy, she said the metro also intends downsizing the number of services outsourced by the authority for the advancement of Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) and cooperatives.

Mlamleli has committed embarking on a skills audit of employees at the metro with the view to verify amongst other things qualifications of personnel. The mayor thwarted rumours that the skills audit was a sneaky strategy to purge employees not in her good books.

“I am not asking for a skills audit to kick out people from their positions. I want to know who I am working with,” she said.

Making an example of a cleaner who had an accounting qualification at the metro, Mlamleli said she has already identified several employees who were either overqualified or underqualified for positions within the municipality.

Taking a snub at the DA, Mlamleli told reporters her inauguration went well despite calls by the opposition to boycott the event, saying that it was wasteful expenditure.

Mlamleli said it was unfortunate that the DA was denying her an opportunity to present her plans for the metro which include the construction of new infrastructure and availability of land.

David Masoeu, DA Caucus chairperson in the Mangaung Metro, said: “We regard the event as a waste of money that could have been used to improve the people’s lives. The municipality is facing much financial strain, with basic services at a halt because of municipal vehicles that are either without diesel or at workshops for repairs. Service providers are also not paid on time.”

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