ANC wants to win top DA municipality

2011-04-03 14:42

Meyerton - The ANC is vowing to do all it can to win back Gauteng's top-performing Democratic Alliance run Midvaal municipality, but the party faces a tough task as it tries to convince voters that it can improve their quality of life.

Outside the town of Meyerton at Sicelo, the largest township in the Midvaal municipality, 29-year-old Democratic Alliance mayor Timothy Nast watches boys playing soccer on the sports field of a newly-built recreation centre.

"The municipality had this land available so we turned it into recreation area," he says.

"It's important for kids to have a safe place where they can play."

At 29, Nast is not what many might consider to be mayoral material.


There's no gold chain around his neck and he's young enough to be the grandson of many of his councillors.

Yet, despite his youth, Nast and his councillors have turned the 2000 square kilometre Midvaal into what they believe is Gauteng's model local government.

The Gauteng Planning Commission's Quality of Life Survey rates Midvaal as the province's top municipality and, according to the Provincial Gazette of March 2, Midvaal's finances - 20.25% of its bills are unpaid compared to 42.5 percent in Johannesburg - are in better order than its sister municipalities.

"We've focused on getting the basics right," Nast says.

"We make sure the rubbish is collected, we make sure we collect our rates and when residents have a problem we go out and listen and we try to help.

Delivers more

"We do what a municipality should do."

However, the local ANC argues that one of the main reasons the DA has performed well in Midvaal is that many of the poor live on farms in the area and are unable to make it to voting stations on election days as they do not have easy access to public transport.

The DA believes that it's not only basic municipal services that Midvaal is delivering.

It has built fully-equipped creches for pre-schoolers, it recently built a library at the Sicelo recreation centre with full internet access and study cubicles for students. The librarian on duty claims it is the best-stocked library in Midvaal.

One of the first tasks the municipality undertook when it came to power in 2000 was to plant fruit trees on the streets of Sicelo.

"Some people said we were mad, but the plan was for it to be a source of nourishment for the people," Nast says.

Huge investment

"Now the trees are nearly ready to bear fruit."

In Meyerton, outside the civic centre, the municipality has built a clinic which, with its freshly-painted walls, spotless floors and short waiting times, could be mistaken for a private healthcare facility.

Not only does the clinic have doctors on duty, but a psychiatrist is available on most days too.

Nast says the clinic has been one of the municipality's major successes.

"The average waiting time for a consultation is around two hours," he says. "That's far below the average for public clinics.

"The problem is people from outside of Midvaal are coming in to use the clinic. They say they'd rather use this facility than the government ones, because the treatment is better and the waiting times are far shorter."

Model municipality

Chocolate company Ferrero-Rocher and brewer Heineken have both invested heavily in the area and created hundreds of jobs.

The Oprah Winfrey School is also located in Midvaal, as is the Eye of Africa Golfing Estate development, which is invested in by Australian golfer Greg Norman.

"When the municipality was negotiating with Heineken, I made sure my phone was switched on and if they needed a quick answer, I made sure they got it as quickly as possible," says Nast.

Midvaal may seem the model municipality, but the ANC believes otherwise and it is vowing to do all it can to win it back in the May 18 local government elections.

  • Gurkan - 2011-04-03 14:50

    A beautiful ROSE growing in the middle of Hell, and they want to destroy it like they did to the rest of the country, so, there will not be any comparison..

      Rapier - 2011-04-03 16:43

      WELL said Gurkan - Shakespeare could not have expressed it better!

      Alfred - 2011-04-04 09:43

      Well, if you can't win it just steal it, typical underhanded ANC BS

  • Slapper - 2011-04-03 14:58

    If they do manage to win it, it wont be top for very long. Like everything else the ANC lays their grubby Paws on, it will go to SH*t.

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-04-03 18:25

      The ANC should note, it took the DA 11 years to correct the mistakes; not 17 years with no, or poorer, results.

  • Ian - 2011-04-03 14:59

    Soory, what do the ANC know about good government that they can make such a statement?

  • Ian - 2011-04-03 15:00

    Should be sorry!

  • Pete - 2011-04-03 15:11

    Above all else, the Midvaal must not fall into ANC hands. They will destroy it overnight. The ANC must be shown for what it is: a rapacious money grabbing bunch of wannabees. Their trick is to take what others have built up and claim it as their own doing. Their glory has come and gone. Good riddance!!

  • valleyman - 2011-04-03 15:19

    Quick question to the ANC worthies wishing to win back Midvaal. Once you have won, by means fair or foul, do you intend turning it into a mini Jhb disaster area currently ruled over by the clueless Amos Masondo?

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-04-03 15:19

    well done midvaal keep up the good work. I am hoping and prying that the anc regime loss the whole of Gauteng to the DA

  • Colin - 2011-04-03 15:27

    ANC claims to make a better life for all in Meyerton, what a joke. They can't even organize a piss-up in a brewery. However they will do what ever it takes to steal this area by busing in hordes of non residential voters who will bear the names and ID's of deceased persons.

  • Leeutjie - 2011-04-03 15:32

    That will be a dark day for Midvaal. It wil become another pathetic like the rest. The anc have NO work ethic. Heaven forbid, pleeaaasssee don't let it happen.

  • Thandi - 2011-04-03 15:39

    And the ANCorruption will no doubt use their arsenal of dirty underhanded dishonest tricks to win it, just like they do with everything else they touch, and in time at all they will f*#k it up as usual.

  • Nelus - 2011-04-03 15:49

    It would have been a better article if it included, what the ANC believe they can do better in the area...

      Yebosa - 2011-04-04 08:52

      The reason that there was no mention of what the ANC could do better is because there was nothing. So by virtual of the omission it was mentioned.

  • Deset Rat - 2011-04-03 16:05

    If the ANC won Midvaal, the first thing they would do is double the pay of the town counsellers and Mayor. If their is any money over, they will buy new cars for themselves at the expense of the rate-payers.

  • Paul - 2011-04-03 16:08

    Maybe the ANC should rather focus on the Wards that they do control and make them better than the DA is doing to prove their point. Once again the ANC lack of vision and insight. The mentality that no-one besides the ANC can do good. The only way they will get control is through thuggery and intimidation and busing in "VOTERS" (obviously not from Midvaal) They have already pre-programmed you with a statement "the local ANC argues that one of the main reasons the DA has performed well in Midvaal is that many of the poor live on farms in the area and are unable to make it to voting stations on election days as they do not have easy access to public transport." So guess what don't be alarmed when buses flood into town on election day. The ANC wont be handing out free TSHIRTS this year. They think the public will rather have sun glasses, wings and a halo as this year. Last years MAGIC T-SHIRTS we duds they didn't turn into a house and basic services. Going to have to chat to the street vendors and get them stocked up. The pearly gates are waiting! PITY YOU ARE GOING TO BE JUDGED FIRST.

  • anonamaton - 2011-04-03 16:24

    Reminds me of this sad story

  • maseratifitt - 2011-04-03 16:58

    Why does the ANC want this municipality?

      Grant - 2011-04-03 17:09

      because they don't have it and it is making them look bad

      Geo Farmer - 2011-04-03 17:12

      So they can stuff it up, then no comparison can be made to their other STUFFED UP muncipalities.

      maseratifitt - 2011-04-03 19:35

      Grant & Geo Farmer: These are serious allegations. Do the people know about this?

      1nawty0 - 2011-04-03 20:34

      where you from Maserati...? Reason why I ask is I am wondering why you seem so surprised of Grant and Geo Farmer said...!!Instead of spending money and up-grading other Municipalities to show up this particular one The ANC will bus in people from where they not needed, Promise them some land and or house tell them that the whites want to take the country back to apartheid and presto Municipality back to ANC, put their cadres in positions they cannot manage.....(petty box full of money, for new Mercedes and BMW's... new houses...for them and extended furniture..... etc..etc..)and 4 years later service delivery riots....!!

      v3 - 2011-04-03 21:02

      So that they can steal from the ratepayers, buy themselves cars, get overpriced tenders, accumulate personal wealth and, best of all, not be shown up.

      maseratifitt - 2011-04-03 23:30

      Wow! Stealing is not legal. Does the Police Force know about this?

  • briansmith702 - 2011-04-03 17:47

    The only reason why the ANC is so desperate to win it and Cape Town back is because they show up how bad the ANC is!!!!

  • Kevin - 2011-04-03 18:54

    If the ANC win it then it wont be a well run DA municipality. Be careful what you wish for.

  • Warren - 2011-04-03 20:17

    What they really want is to get their hands on the big, fat emergency fund that the municipality has managed to build up over the years.

  • Thouca - 2011-04-03 21:35

    come 18 may VOTE VOTE VOTE.... it happened in WC, it can happen all over!.......numerically a 100% single opposition party turnout will trump an apathetic current majority party 30% turnout...VOTE GUYS!

  • SaintBruce - 2011-04-03 22:41

    I know the ANC want to win it - but can they do so fair and square? If I lived in the best run area would I want to change the management team? If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it! (old yankee proverb).

  • G0ldf!nger - 2011-04-03 23:33

    The ANC will win Midvaal and make it a truly beautiful & safe place to live. Also this coming Sunday, Santa & The Tooth Fairy will be handing out mielie-meal & free T-shirts at your local Checkers.

  • onetickie - 2011-04-04 04:42

    The ANC is only after the money in the kitty.

  • SUPER C - 2011-04-04 07:04

    "However, the local ANC argues ... they do not have easy access to public transport." Now how the hell does this affect performance??

  • The Observer - 2011-04-04 09:02

    Yip ANC plans to win by bussing in people. The only way they can win. IOnc DA has taken over an earea and run it for a couple of years then the residents don't want the ANC back in charge and they know it. Only option left, bus in the people with a KFC hamper.

  • Spoofed - 2011-04-04 09:13

    The ANC stands for Nothing and if you vote for ANC then that's exactly what you get... NOTHING!

  • mark59 - 2011-04-04 09:58

    The Midvaal municipality was voted in by the people for better governance..the proof is in the pudding. Sorry ANC you have had your chance to prove yourself. You have failed with what you have, stop thinking that people are naive...we will rule till Jesus comes will be your demise. Come on South Africans, cast your vote it's your future.

  • James - 2011-04-04 12:29

    I went to Mosselbay last week for a holiday. When I arrived, I thought that I must be in another country, where the lights work, the traffic lights are not flashing, that rubbish has been picked up. The ANC must be really misguided in their beliefs that they can do better. Rather than try and control everything, perhaps they should rather try and become a government of the people, not of their own pockets. It is quite apparent that the ANC are unable to govern. They are an embarassment to the nation as a whole.

  • Sydney - 2011-04-05 10:46

    ANC should lose more and more, in order for our democracy to be strong enough, counterbility happens only where opposition is strong. I am black and proud to say without flinching, I am voting DA and have influenced a lot of my friends to do the same! We need to put our foot where it belongs, in the anc's mouth.....

  • Fernando - 2011-04-06 18:21

    Go DA!!!

  • Johan - 2011-04-06 21:15

    The ANC is only concerned about Midvaal because it makes them look so BAD.If they win the DA will no doubt have another horror story to tell voters in the next election. Pleas make sure you take enough before photos starting with the cars senior oficials drive.

  • Mr.Faice - 2011-04-07 10:48

    I hope the ANC does take Midvaal so that we have a case study on how quickly they can stuff the whole place up.

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