Msunduzi inexperience costing ratepayers

2015-10-21 06:00

THE Mountain Rise Crematorium saga was doomed for failure from the very beginning.

Litigation against the installer will be borne by ratepayers. Those in the city hall tasked with this essential service and the staff from the parks department were conclusively inexperienced, hence we are faced with the unacceptable current state of only one functioning cremator. We still have no toilets, ablution facilities and prayer place which Hindus require.

The hurried forensic report summoned by the municipal manager after calves were cremated­ came at more cost to ratepayers. The report exonerated all staff, councillors and employees.

Now a protracted legal battle will see further inconvenience to the broad community and it is no secret that preliminary meetings are being held to construct a third cremator as an extension to the existing dysfunctional crematorium. In charge of this project is the same individual the saw it fit to cremate calves.

No further crematorium must be erected by the inexperienced. Very annoying is that the expertise in the city is being ignored – likewise, our public swimming facilities are problematic while there is expertise in the city. The more ratepayers are led to believe there are changes, the more things get worse.

The time to privatise the crematorium facilities is overdue. Ratepayers will be the eventual winners and dysfunctional crematoria will be of the past. Msunduzi needs to start thinking outside the “box” and smell the roses.


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