‘Cheap job’ not tolerated

2018-02-27 06:00

Subcouncil 17 chairperson, George March, spoke of his dissatisfaction with the prospective maintenance work that needs to be carried out at the subcouncil offices at the Dulcie September Civic Centre.

As a result, all subcouncil staff, including councillors, have since temporarily moved operations to Athlone Stadium (“Subcouncil plans a move”, People’s Post, 30 January).

The maintenance work only pertains to the offices on the first floor and was not included in the budget for upgrades carried out on the rest of the civic centre last year (“Centres to close for upgrades”, People’s Post, 7 February 2017).

“We are out of the building, but there are some problems that I want the director [of area-based service delivery, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes] to follow up on. There was a meeting about the contractors who must do the work. Out of the discussion it was quite clear that they only want to do a touch-up job and be done. Now I am not in for that! I want another meeting with those people before they start, because they were supposed to break out all the floors and replace the floors with better quality material,” March says at a sitting of subcouncil 17 at Athlone Stadium on Thursday.

“If it means that they must break down the walls, because we are not in that building now, to do a proper 100% job, they must do so,” he added.

March says during a meeting with his staff, they asked whether there would be more space for them to work in, as the previous space had apparently made them feel claustrophobic.

“I showed the director and executive director what is needed in the medium term. There is already a foundation, so they can just build into the open spaces to make sure our councillors have space to do their work instead of working out of the boots of their cars, so that is why I ask that the executive director and the director look for money so that they can do some alterations to that building,” says March.

“I believe that there will be another meeting called by the contractors who will be doing the maintenance work on the floors, but take note, director – no cheap job or afskeepwerk, we don’t want that.”

Meanwhile, the subcouncil’s move to Athlone Stadium has raised concerns with regard to safety, according to Denzil Pretorius, who was standing in for Ashley Newman, the project manager for the Athlone Stadium development.

“We have received emails of people coming to the subcouncil to register on the database, but then they wander around in the facility. It is becoming a major safety risk to our assets and we would please request from the chairperson to intervene and set alternative measures in place so that the facility can be a safe haven for everyone,” he says.

March is aware of the concerns that were raised and is appealing for a quick resolution to be found.

“I asked that we meet as soon as possible and I am still open to it, even after this meeting. The reason for this is our security is a priority for me. Everyone is free to go in and we need to discuss this and set up a measure that works for everyone.”

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