Ugu meets KwaGoqoza community

2018-03-15 06:00

AFTER numerous calls by the KwaGoqoza community to meet with the Ugu District Municipality to address the issues that resulted in the vandalism of municipal infrastructure and tampering with scouring valves in the area, the meeting finally took place.

The municipality has also confirmed that there was unrest, however, it has been resolved.

Ugu spokesperson Trevor Khanyile said following the water disruptions due to the unrest at KwaGoqoza, Ugu Mayor Modli Chiliza sent officials from the water portfolio to meet the community.

“Chairperson Councillor P.H. Mthiyane met with community members and izinduna to listen and try to resolve issues that ranged from high unemployment in the community to land used for the construction and installation of the water pipe line, education opportunities and other issues.

“A community leader said that the issue that has caused most of the problems is empty promises on employment,” said Khanyile.

He said Mthiyane responded and said the municipality commits itself to never appoint people without following the proper channels of advertising and interviews.

“The community is of the view that since Umthavuna plant is built in their community they are supposed to get employment there. Mthiyane said that Umthavuna passes through a number of communities and in general, pipelines have to go through communities, hence community members get employment during construction. She emphasised that should it happen that there are vacancies at whatever level, people will get equal opportunities to apply and be interviewed,” said Khanyile.

Mthiyane also emphasised that it is important for the Goqoza community to ensure that they identify matriculants to apply for the Mayoral Registration Fee programme, when the time comes.

A member of the community and a reliable source to the Fever, said the community welcomed the resolution and that the situation has been calmed.

He said Mthiyane’s response saying that the municipality has no funds to employ more people at the Umthavuna plant at the moment was understandable. “When she assured the people that they will be given a chance when there are opportunities available, she really calmed them down,” said the resident.

He said the issue of security officers patrolling the area was not resolved.

Mthiyane said she will go back to the office and address the issue.

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