The parties’ PMB pledges

2016-07-25 11:17
The red-brick road around the City Hall.

The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

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Pietermaritzburg - With the local government election less than two weeks away, political parties in Msunduzi have promised their “A-game” should they emerge as winners after August 3.

In the previous local government elections, the ruling ANC got the lion’s share of the votes — 65% of the votes went to them.

However, opposition parties have vowed to dethrone the party come August 3.


The ANC’s mayoral candidate is accomplished businessman Themba Njilo.

Njilo said outgoing mayor Chris Ndlela had already covered a lot of ground as far as service delivery is concerned, and he would continue in that vein.

“I really would be taking over the baton from Ndlela and fast tracking some of the programmes that he has started.

“I will work with the youth, the business sector, Amakhosi and churches to fast track service delivery in our city. I believe in teamwork,” he said.

Njilo said he would work closely with intellectuals.

“We have got plenty of them here in Msunduzi. We consult them for their advice.”

Asked how confident he was of wearing the mayoral chains after the August 3 elections, Njilo said his track record speaks for itself.

“I have changed people’s lives doing outreach programmes in my capacity as a businessman. So I think people will trust me to do it in the municipality,” he said.


DA mayoral candidate Mergan Chetty said “change” is needed in the city.

“The current water fiasco must lie squarely at the feet of the ANC-led council as they have planned poorly and have not budgeted for infrastructure maintenance.

“Numerous burst pipes and water leakages attributed to major loss of water in the city is due to negligence. One is also aware of the tenderpreneur benefits for delivering water via water tankers,” he said.

Chetty said the fact that the city has had four acting municipal managers this year alone, was a sign that the municipality was on the brink of collapse.

“Politicians are controlling administration which was the very case in 2010 when the city was placed under administration,” he said.

He said his first assignment would be to review the Panzascore parking meter system.

“First half [hour] would be free and there will be no meters outside places of worship. We will reassess all performance contracts and qualifications of senior staff. We will strive towards achieving overdue metro status.

“We will capitalise on the city’s capital status to boost economic development. We will make budget provisions for planned infrastructure maintenance,” he said.

Chetty said his party would consider going into a coalition if it did not get enough votes.

“This is a soccer game. I am playing for the first 90 minutes. I will discuss the penalty shootout after the 90 minutes.

“I am in it to win. If we go to a penalty shootout, that would be a compromise,” he said.


The IFP’s Dennis Ntombela said service delivery had only been given to areas where the ruling party receives support.

“Even now they are busy with launches because it’s election time. Nobody knows when those projects that they are launching will be finished.”

Ntombela said he had been dumbfounded by the maladministration probe at the city.

“We were told that our municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi is the best performing municipal manager in the province. The city got a clean audit and our mayor was awarded best performing mayor in the province.

“Then bang, we have got this maladministration probe at the city hall. That shows that this is just the continuation of factional fighting in the ANC,” he said.

Ntombela said his party would fight to get enough votes to run the city alone, but would consider coalitions if things go otherwise.

“Coalitions are problematic but there is nothing we can do if the results dictate that we go into a coalition,” he said.


EFF uMgugundlovu convener of elections Rebecca Mohlala said the people of Msunduzi were still living under poverty.

“In Masukwana [Jika Joe informal settlement], people are living under inhumane conditions. Poverty is too high. There is dumping everywhere in the settlement and this poses a high health risk.

“That is why we are campaigning for socialism so that everybody would be equal,” she said.

“We will create more jobs for the youth and unemployed and provide proper spacious housing for the people living in shacks.

“We will stop the current tender process. For example, there is one company that handles all electricity connections and disconnections in PMB.

“The EFF believes many could benefit from job opportunities if this is handled differently,” she said.

Mohlala said there is still too much corruption in Msunduzi.

“That money squandered on corruption, is the money that could had been used to deliver services.”

She said she is confident her party is going to make a “big impact”.

“The ANC is divided and people are already running away from the party. They must be ready to hand over power,” she said.

The EFF would consider going into a coalition after the elections if they do not get enough votes, but not with the “corrupt” ANC, she said.

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