No crisis in Tshwane, says mayor

2012-01-31 21:30

Pretoria - The Tshwane metro has denied that municipal departments have been placed under administration because of poor performance and corruption.

Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said on Tuesday the city's departments were functioning well and the allegations had been invented by detractors and the opposition.

"I do not know where the administration talk comes from," he told reporters in Pretoria.

Apologising for continuous disruptions of the Tshwane bus service, Ramokgopa said: "We are going to implement various interventions. I can confirm that there are major problems there".

He said there were problems in the maintenance of professional discipline among the drivers.

Alternative transport

"That has been an Achilles [Heel] on the bus service. Another issue is around the capitalisation of the fleet. The age of the fleets is around 25 years and you are bound to have breakdowns."

Ramokgopa urged residents who relied on the service to find alternative means of transport in the meantime.

"I won't sit here and say to you there won't be those disruptions. It is an indictment on the whole institution [municipality] that we can't provide a reliable bus service."

Ramokgopa said that a probe was underway into the conduct of Mapiti Matsena, an executive in the speaker's office. Matsena had been placed on three months' special leave.

"The investigations relate to potential transgressions in the supply chain and the procurement of services of a service provider.

"This is an internal process being led by city manager Jason Ngobeni. We have promised the people of Tshwane that we are going to be stubborn in ensuring that we run a clean administration.

"There is no fault [against Matsena] that has been found at this stage. An internal forensic team which did the preliminary investigations found there is a case to be answered and we placed him on leave to ensure the process goes on."

Accounts not posted

Last year, Ramokgopa put deputy metro police chief Ndumiso Jaca on special leave amid allegations he used the same number plate for his motorbike and car. His three-month-long special leave was extended in January.

"The Independent Complaints Directorate has now forwarded its report to the Hawks. They will communicate with us if they have taken a decision whether to prosecute or not," the mayor said.

On the shortage of envelopes in January, which led to municipal accounts not being posted to residents, he said the service provider had since been replaced.

"In a big city like ours, we have been talking of implementing major projects like the BRT [bus rapid transit system]. We can't be failing to send out... municipal accounts."

The mayor announced plans to demolish its Munitoria headquarters and build a new one on the site.

"This is a R5bn investment from a private sector consortium. They will let us build a landmark city headquarters."

The project was being funded through a private-public sector partnership, and would take two years to complete.

  • Nicholas - 2012-01-31 21:42

    There is never a problem or a crisis with the Tshwane Municipality is there Mr Mayor (Crisis? what crisis? sound familiar?). At least we know it isn't true until it is officially denied.

      Ian - 2012-02-01 06:22

      Crycees?? Noooooo. neva-EVA!!!!!!

      Dirk - 2012-02-01 19:15

      And I dont think that there would be too many surprises when we see who is involved in this "private consortium"

  • James - 2012-01-31 21:52

    shame on the principal city in the land. stop wasting money on street name changes, concentrate on visual and actual work, fire someone for incompetence, if you were a business, you would have been in bankrupt court ages ago

  • Anthony - 2012-01-31 21:56

    nooo crisis nooo ........limpopo.........kzn........?

      uwe.klopfer - 2012-02-01 08:48

      johannesburg billing.....

  • Alan - 2012-01-31 22:02

    Whites plan and build new cities, highways, railways, airports and harbours, hospitals, schools, universities, power stations, water schemes and sewage installations, etc etc. Stupid whites. Do like others, much easier to just rename the existing infrastructure.

      JoeLeboe - 2012-01-31 22:42

      "The age of the fleets is around 25 years and you are bound to have breakdowns". Well, you got them from a fantastic City Council when they were only 8 years old. Why didn't you plan!?

      uwe.klopfer - 2012-02-01 08:50

      @JoeLeboe... good question...Eskdom and ANC did the same... its lovely by sea...pity it takes so long to get to the beach

      Ubhejane - 2012-02-01 09:44

      Alan go swim in a teaspoon,you are suffering from a severe superiority complex and its people like you who are killing the rainbow nation dream on a daily basis,dont over-estimate what whites did,they did against the back drop of the minerals that you found in OUR land and yes it was black labour that they exploited to build all those things and then systematically denied them opportunities to be more than just labourers.You Alan are just an angry white man and its people like you who justify colonialism as if we invited you to come here in the first place that make the environment for certain indivuduals to thrive (JM) and for certain songs to be sung. You are a shame and you personify evrything that is wrong with SA,like I always say if you have a problem with black you white fascist then futshek to Sydney, Adolf Hitler lives through you dummy!!

  • Mark - 2012-01-31 22:08

    No crises Mr. Ramokgopa? You lack credibility I am sad to say. Perhaps you can explain the following: The disintegration of Rooiwal sewerage works over a long and foreseable time frame and large-scale subsequent pollution of the Apies River that has killed almost every living aquatic creature for miles downstream. Not a crises? What about the stumbling electricity maintainance department, as evidenced by the deteriorating repair service? It is only held up by overworked and understaffed technicians, who are being swamped by the ever-growing backlog. No money you might say. Well then perhaps you better back down from your stated intention of re-naming Pretoria by year-end and use the funds to manage this city's infrastructure.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-31 23:24

    The list of "no problems" is endless. Just a thing here and there. Solution? Change the name of the city and you will be OK for another few years before the world finds out.

  • Deeteem - 2012-02-01 05:04

    Has this guy got a std 6 certificate ?

      uwe.klopfer - 2012-02-01 08:51

      no its grade 12.... grade 6 times 2 !

  • Tony - 2012-02-01 06:33

    Swimming in de Nile...... ANC Cadre handbook -Rule 1.if something goes wrrrrong, act dumb, deny everytheeng! Rule 2. If this fails blame apartheid. Rule 3. If this fails blame any white person ( or foreigner if white unavailable) Rule4. If this fails blame capitalism Rule 5. If this fails. Refer to Rule 1 Let's be real, we have seen these in rules action so often now ......

  • wesleywt - 2012-02-01 06:39

    You can afford envelopes but want to build a new building at a cost of billions. I'd say there is a huge crisis.

  • Jackey Moss - 2012-02-01 06:50

    Same old, same old.

  • braamc - 2012-02-01 06:59

    Competence and skill not required in new SA

      uwe.klopfer - 2012-02-01 08:52

      WRONG !!!! there are 2 skills required : how to be a corrupt cadre deployee and how to blame apartheid/the white man/colonialism

  • willybegood - 2012-02-01 07:54

    *yawn* Yes, no crisis, and Julius Malema is a nation builder.

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2012-02-01 08:03

    The entire country should be placed under DA administration, the ANC are not and will never be competent to run a country.

  • Rob - 2012-02-01 08:54

    There is no crisis Just a drop in standards That is probably a deliberate policy Lower standards means better performance against standards Therefore everybody must be happy....or else!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-02-01 09:01

    Just another ANC denialist in who's mind it is most probably not possible to comprehend a problem or crises.

  • foxiloxi - 2012-02-01 09:12

    This mayor has been implicated in corruption and nepotism for years, but the only reason they don't do anything (A la Limpopo) is becuase she is a close friend and ally of Jacob Zuma!!!!! Corruption and nepotism is only actioned when they stop supporting ZUma. BTW, this municipality is in an absolute shambles, we work very closely with the Municipality and it has deteriorated to a very bad place due to nepotism mainly, jobs for friends, contracts for friends etc etc.......

  • Wayne - 2012-02-01 09:38

    Wasn't the previous mayor Gwen Ramakgopa? Is this just co-incidence that the current mayor is also a Ramakgopa? Also, interesting to hear that the service provider in the "envelope failure" saga, has been replaced. What happened to the manager in charge of statement issuance in Tshwane metro?

  • greg.gericke - 2012-02-01 11:23

    funny that I have not received a municipal account in about 7 months now via postage. I fail to believe that the envelope provider had to be replaced. The wrong people are being replaced, wake up this country is a dog show, but yet we have to listen to this idiot major telling us how rosy the municipality is...sick joke this :(

      Stefan - 2012-02-02 13:57

      I'm with the same problem, only 2 months in Pretoria, not sure how to get the billing info and have made payments randomly via internet to account but not willing to anymore until I know the amounts. Anyway to find out without standing a queue ? Help please

  • Ryan - 2012-02-01 18:05

    YES AND???? Lets have a survey on who pays the most TAX!

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