Trollip wants to save R100-million in 100 days

2016-09-07 06:00

THE Nelson Mandela Bay metro can save R100-million within the next 100 days.

This was achievable, Athol Trollip, the new mayor, said on Wednesday when he submitted his 100-day turnaround plan at a special council meeting.

“By cutting down on appointments and unnecessary expenses, we will be able to save about R100-million over the next 100 days,” he said

The ANC council members, who are still very uncomfortable on their opposition chairs, made it clear that they want to take on the DA multiparty government as much as possible.

Speaker Jonathan Lawack’s “recite the rule” started sounding like a refrain in the boardroom after a while.

Trollip did not let himself get distracted, however. “Things are not going to be done the usual way anymore. Things are going to be done differently,” he said.

He announced several top priorities in his 100-day plan to the metro administration, which includes an audit report about the metro’s public transport system.

Infrastructure for the bus service, which would have formed part of the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS), was brought in in 2010 for the Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Roads were modified for the long concertina buses that were bought specifically for the IPTS.

Agreements with local taxi associations were also going to take place regarding passenger routes, as well as the retraining of taxi drivers as bus drivers.

The IPTS, which has been estimated to have cost taxpayers R2-billion, could never get off the ground.

“We need to make decisions regarding the continuation of the IPTS. We will have to budget, identify routes and finalise a memorandum of understanding with interested parties to ensure the period of validity of mandates and routes,” Trollip said.

He also emphasised the importance of a clean administration.

Tender evaluations would be inexpensive and transparent; there would not be any tampering with the supply chain management and all outstanding forensic audits would also be finalised.

The reopening of the Red Location Museum, which has been closed for three years, is also in Trollip’s sights.

“We will speak to the surrounding community and keep the communication channels open, because this museum is essential in honouring the Eastern Cape and national icons through art and other displays,” Trollip said above the sound of loud applause.

Other matters on Trollip’s 100-day to-do-list include:

  • Establishing a department for work opportunities
  • Cleaning the city of rubbish
  • Three roadblocks per week by the metro police in cooperation with the South African Police Service to monitor the roadworthiness and licensing of vehicles
  • The revision of the existing government housing list (only residents who are on the list, will receive a house and a title deed)
  • Retarring of 15 roads and
  • Paying more attention to Despatch and Uitenhage.

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