Forum to deal with service delivery issues in Weenen

2015-05-18 09:12
Willies Mchunu

Willies Mchunu

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A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY forum has been established to deal with all service delivery-related issues in Weenen, according to a statement released yesterday.

The town, incorporated under the Umtshezi Municipality, has been riddled with protests by residents demanding electricity and housing. Several protests have turned violent, with the R78 to Muden having been blocked on occasion.

Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu is set to chair the forum once a month, with the residents, government departments and entities, district and local municipality to “fast-track service delivery”.

“The main concerns of the community are the need for the provision of water and electricity, improvement of road infrastructure, provision of scholar transport, improvement of the farming town of Weneen and issues relating to farming and agriculture in Greater Weneen,” said the statement released by Mchunu’s office.

It added that residents were told the Department of Energy has set aside R15 million to connect electricity to 1 212 households in the Estcourt area, that bulk water projects by the uThukela District Municipality were already underway, and that the Department of Agriculture was planning to construct 12 dams in the Weenen area.

“We are satisfied with the progress that we have made so far by working ­together. The multi-disciplinary forum will meet once a month so we can engage and solve all the service delivery-related issues in Weenen,” Mchunu said. — WR

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