DA councillors work hard

2017-07-13 06:02

I HAVE the privilege to be the Caucus Whip for DA councillors at Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM) and I would like to mention a few points that some members of the public may not be aware of.

Firstly, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality is a different entity from Ugu District Municipality and out of the 71 councillors serving on RNM, 14 are DA representatives and only two are full-time councillors. Nine wards of the 36 are represented by DA councillors.

This may seem like a small percentage but I am proud of the way these part-time councillors give their all to serve the public in their wards and in the entire municipality.

As councillors they are supposed to assist in formulating policy and do oversight in the portfolio committees and in council, yet every day I see our councillors dealing with breakdowns in service delivery and trying to get work done in frustrating and difficult circumstances.

They take calls from the public at all hours of the day and night, and sadly are sometimes verbally abused by residents, who are themselves frustrated by failures in service delivery.

The DA has only two directly elected representatives on Ugu Municipality and two additional reps from RNM, yet these councillors are not daunted and do their best to communicate with the public regularly concerning problems with broken water supplies and sanitation issues. They also take these issues to the Ugu Council and departments constantly. All this while dealing with their own small businesses and their families.

I hear from a lot of members of the public who are thankful for all these efforts and again I want to encourage our councillors to not give up and to continue in their fight.

The majority of people are very appreciative of all efforts to improve things.

Cllr Stephanie Breedt

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