Municipalities must work hard - Magashule

2012-02-16 16:55

Bloemfontein - Free State municipalities must do their work diligently and ignore criticism, Free State Premier Ace Magashule said on Thursday.

Delivering his state of the province address, Magashule said politicians and officials in municipalities should continue to create viable and sustainable municipal services, despite outside criticism.

The government would seek to ensure that municipalities had sound financial and administration systems.

This would include a strong revenue base, which would not only encourage ratepayers, but hold users of municipal services accountable for payment.

Magashule said that in the coming year teams of officials at provincial and national government level and the private sector would be deployed to help certain local municipalities.

They would go to the Mafube, Ngwathe, Tokologo, Nala, Phumelela, Masilonyana and all Xhariep municipalities (in the southern Free State) to give assistance over a longer term period.

Magashule said many problems remained in ensuring access to basic services for residents at municipalities.

The Free State government would make sure that the repair of services such as sewerage, water and electricity supply systems got attention this year.

Specific residential areas earmarked for these services were Wesselsbron, Lusaka in QwaQwa, Parys, Odendaalsrus, Ficksburg, Botshabelo, and in Mangaung at places such as Isithwalandwe, Khayelitsha and Phase Nine.

Reacting to media criticism about a lack of government services, Magashule invited politicians, the media and the general public to accompany officials on public visits.

"I would like to invite them to verify the progress we have made against the objectives we have outlined for ourselves," he said.

He said details of these visits would be made known.

  • Michael Laski - 2012-02-16 17:08

    Typical, ignore what people really want

      Francois - 2012-02-16 17:18

      He could just have said: They must do their work diligently. If one assumes that they know what their work is (buying luxiry cars is not, although one might believe so), they will not get criticism.

  • Wesley - 2012-02-16 17:48

    Sorry Sir, municpalities must start working

  • Piet - 2012-02-16 17:50

    An ANC deployed cadre work? Now that is a joke!

  • david.lebethe - 2012-02-16 18:08

    I am surprised that you excluded Kroonstad? The town doesn't have clean water and roads are full of potholes. Electricity is not stable in the township and most provincial roads are not accessible due to potholes. Just, what is it that people should do in order to get your attention?

  • Julio - 2012-02-16 18:09

    I think the headline should read: The Municipalities must work, full stop.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-16 18:31

      Julio. Don't confuse the issue. Work, full stop sounds like they must seriously stop working.

  • Mc - 2012-02-16 18:13

    Zuma, please fire Magashula.

      Silvana - 2012-02-17 08:13

      @Mc. Are you crazy! They're big buddies.

  • Piet - 2012-02-16 18:40

    You may not say "work"'s racist

  • Fanie - 2012-02-16 18:53

    What a joke. go to Welkom's munc. and try to find a official. They are either in Cape Town, a funeral or a "I don't Know" from there sec. If you send in a form on the 2/9/2011, with a closing date of 14/9/2011 you have sent it in to late because they were not there. Oh by the way go thruogh our offices you might just see a couple of people sleeping on there desks.

      Silvana - 2012-02-17 08:16

      @Fanie. You're lucky. At least the doors are open. Parys municipal offices have been closed for months. So if you have a query - tough. It's a damn disgrace how perfectly running municiplities have deteriorated to below third world status.

  • Nigel - 2012-02-17 09:02

    Id be happy if they just worked......

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