Gauteng mayors in ANC crosshairs

2011-02-03 19:33

Johannesburg - The response of Gauteng mayors to billing problems and to the recent floods would influence their nomination as ANC candidates in the upcoming local elections, the ruling party said on Thursday.

"That is an important issue to look at when we will be making decisions on candidates for mayors," said ANC provincial secretary David Makhura.

"We are being sensitive to the fact that people are being affected... We are saying to mayors, don't blame residents... Help them, talk to those affected," he said.

"That's a very important consideration."

City of Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo drew widespread criticism after he publicly said that the electricity billing problems did not constitute a crisis.

Masondo has, however, already served the maximum two terms as mayor under ANC rules.

Makhura told mayors that every complaint their municipalities received was "one too many".

"As the ANC we will never be satisfied... We want a completely reliable billing system. We will always be on the side of those affected," he said.

The party runs 13 of the 15 municipalities in the province.

The ANC called the meeting with mayors and municipal managers to discuss the billing problems, flood damage and the managing of finances by municipalities.

  • - 2011-02-03 19:39

    A lot more firing of these people would be wholly more satisfying than redeploying them.

  • Sallie - 2011-02-03 19:57

    They added their IQ which eventully came to a total of 9 - 2011-02-03 20:17

      do u think two braincells with a broken cored will get that score?

  • Skottie - 2011-02-03 20:12

    Vote anything else but the ANC so that we can get new blood into these structures, It could not get worse and if so, next time try another party. Eventually we should strike gold.

  • briansmith702 - 2011-02-03 20:15

    The story of Africa and our AA appointees. All useless. They should sweep the streets. About the only thing they are capable of.

  • Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-03 20:19

    Nice words from Makhura:"As the ANC we will never be satisfied... We want a completely reliable billing system. We will always be on the side of those affected," he said. How about actually delivering the service people are paying for as well then? Or is that a bridge too far for you? And start billing those that take services illegally without paying for them, that will help to balance the municipal books a lot.

  • Judgmental - 2011-02-03 20:29

    "As the ANC we will never be satisfied... We want a completely reliable billing system. We will always be on the side of those affected," like f@#k you will be. How about getting rid of those clowns you employ at the municipalities. You walk into any municipality office and ask one of the clowns working there "do you think it is possible to use R500,00.00 electricity a month?" now remember, this clown has a higher education, he or she has grade eight. Their answer "eish of course, the meter man read your meter, it must be right!" instead of using common sense (there is very little sense flying around any municipality)the clown proceeds to think that it is possible that your circuit breaker is a 60 Amp which will allow 13 kilowatts of power to run at 220 volts. It means they are charging R53.42 per kilowatt hour?

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-03 21:00

      Two things mate: 1) You are assuming they actually WORK there, in my experience that is a stretch. Most of them get paid to warm a chair, nothing more, maybe less. 2) Common sense is not common at all, especially not in the government service. So to expect it there is too much to ask. And grade 8 is higher education? Now that was funny.

      Faiker - 2011-02-04 09:50

      60 amp breaker at 220 volts allows you to draw 13.2 kilowatts at all times. Each hour, you will use 13.2 kilowatt-hours of power which works out to 9504 kilowatt-hours in a 30 day months which is R5.26 per kWh.

  • Johnny - 2011-02-03 20:44

    Het julle dit op die nuus gesien. Hoe kan al daardie hout dink daar was niemand daar met breins nie. Waar was die mense 15 jaar terug. OP skool die een wat hulle alles af gebreek het en gesteel het. Nou moet hulle met al daardie geld werk. Ag kom aan mens eword f wakker. Hulle is besig om ons land op te f.

      Johnny - 2011-02-04 13:41

      Ken ek jou ?

  • Julius - 2011-02-03 21:03

    The mayors are safe, all words no action, is it election time again ?

  • Chris - 2011-02-04 09:36

    The party runs 13 of the 15 municipalities in the province. That's the BIG problem - if our ruling government wants only the best for every person living is SA - why don't they have some of these areas "run" by parties that are already making big successes - have them help you out because clearly you are not capable of running all of these areas. You can still be nr 1 rulling – get all the $$$ - people then want bother that much if you drive benzes & bmw’s. – at least then people will have proper billing systems \ food & clean water – educational systems that work and roads that can be travelled on. You can go travel Monaca & the alps while capable people run the show back home.

  • Bla Bla - 2011-02-04 13:12

    The mayor is as thick as a brick. Give him some sushi and say good boy, sit, good boy and give him another piece of sushi - 2011-02-04 13:55

      Do raw mopani worms count as sushi?

  • Duane277 - 2011-02-04 14:18

    Municipal elections are coming up soon. Registration is this weekend. If you are unsure whether or not you are registered or where you are registered, then SMS your ID number to 32810 and they will send you the info. Encourage all your friends and family. If you don't vote - you have no right to complain

      Patriot - 2011-02-04 16:26

      Ccould not have said it more succintly myself.

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