Ward committee demands answers from municipality

2019-09-04 06:01

THE eNhlalakahle Development Committee has once again demanded answers from Umvoti Municipality.

Committee secretary Delani Mzolo said: “One would like to thank the aura brought by the by-election at Ward 7. This has shaken the ruling party elite to such an extent that we [were] constantly and continuously visited by MECs to brainwash us.

“I say this because the Honourable Peggy Nkonyeni rushed to come and hand over houses to its beneficiaries at Slums Clearance, which I think was premature for her to do, and at the expense of tax payers’ money.

“It is with regret to note that less than 100 people have gained access to these houses when more than 400 are still not occupied as they are not yet ready. MEC Nkonyeni made another visit swiftly to hand over title deeds at Solomon.”

Mzolo said the committee wants to know about the exodus visits of the MECs at Nhlalakahle.

“What was so urgent that made her come now when these title deeds were prepared from 2012 to 2017 and now we are in 2019. Mind you, now we are in 2019 and are aware of what is happening these days.

“[Recently] a municipal vehicle was doing rounds at Ward 7, loud hailing and telling people that MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube ‘will be coming on August 11’ to offer them jobs. To our surprise that never happened, not even a word was uttered regarding jobs but [people were told] to form cooperatives.”

Mzolo said they previously raised the need for a sport fields, and were happy to learn that its construction is soon to take place.

“However, we are worried that we have not been given a picture of what type of sports field will be constructed as the mayor said it will be worth R11 million and it will have everything. Our main worry is the ‘everything’ because Ward 7 is sitting with a sports field which is only fenced with no grass but they say it is worth R14 million.

“It sounds ridiculous, what the honourable mayor said. Maybe he said that because he is shaken by the appearance of PG Mavundla as the main opposition in this by-election.

“Mavundla’s emergence has been perceived as a blessing in disguise because we [were] constantly visited by the MECs,” Mzolo added.

THE ‘GAZETTE’ REQUESTED COMMENT FROM THE MUNICIPALITY

Spokesperson for Umvoti Municipality Phindile Phungula said the handover of the completed houses to housing beneficiaries for Ward 7, Ward 9 and Ward 10 is an ongoing programme of the Department of Human Settlements in partnership with municipalities.

“This was part of the operational programme of the municipality in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements which had been scheduled for the month of July.

“The relocation process is an ongoing one and was never going to be completed in one day. The relocation process is a three-month one as it entails relocation and demolition of the informal settlements.

“The Title Deeds Handover Programme was also part of the Municipal Operational programme in July as the process had been recently concluded.

“MEC Dube was launching an Alien Eradication Programme, which is an Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) - based programme. During the launch the MEC outlined the recruitment criteria]. Recruitment processes are currently underway in Ward 7.

“The construction of the sports field totals R10,2 million... We are not aware of the one to the value of R14 million. I am not aware of the utterances alleged to have been made by the Mayor regarding the cost of the sports field being R11 million. The breakdown of costs for construction is in terms of the scope of work of the sports field to be constructed as well as the Bills of Quantities as priced by the contractor appointed to implement the project.” — Gazette Reporter

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