It is ironic that coal fired power plants contribute to climate change which could result in the malfunctioning of the power plants, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
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A teenager was given a severe electric shock by an exposed illegally connected wire outside an informal settlement on Firwood Road in Northdale.
Some Msunduzi staff are trying to get the workplace skills programme to pay for their private interests.
The City’s commercial plantations are being pillaged and there are renewed calls for their management to be outsourced so that the revenue from them can make a bigger contribution to the municipal coffers.
Msunduzi on Wednesday embarked on a citywide blitz on litter and much-needed repairs but Mayor Mzimkhulu Thebolla urged residents and businesses to do their bit, saying the municipality can’t do it alone.
Regina Primary School, in Northdale, could be next on the City’s disconnection list after it refused to pay more than R1,2 million that Msunduzi claims it owes for water.
Haythorne Secondary School’s boarders spent the weekend in darkness and could not study or even iron their uniforms after the school’s electricity was disconnected by Msunduzi Municipality.
Msunduzi Municipality has identified more than 30 “flaws” in its controversial SAP computerised financial system, which have compromised the way Msunduzi manages its finances and placed it at risk of being defrauded.
The City’s “poorly managed” plantations have become a free-for-all with timber being stolen even in broad daylight.
The City is under attack from rogue staff threatening its senior management and possibly sabotaging its electricity infrastructure in what is suspected to be part of a pushback campaign.
Msunduzi has kicked off the process of filling dozens of critical positions whose vacancy was compromising the City’s functionality as some had been vacant for years.
Msunduzi's expenditure committee has raised concerns about the abuse of the City’s fleet and recommended that council pay close attention to this.
A Prestbury man says he has been threatened with an electricity disconnection despite Msunduzi billing him with his home’s previous owner’s details.
National Treasury has instructed the cash-strapped Msunduzi to adjust its “unfunded” 2019/20 budget, which had a projected deficit of R72 million.
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Load shedding could trigger sewage spills into the city’s rivers and streams as only two of the 36 pump stations have back-up generators.
The business community has welcomed the introduction of the E4 web-based system that promises to reduce the turnaround time for rates clearance certificates to less than 20 days.
It was lights out even at the Msunduzi Prestbury ward councillor’s office when the City went on another disconnection drive this past weekend, much to the annoyance of ratepayers.
The search for the new City boss has started and opposition parties are hopeful that political interference will not taint this critical appointment as it should mark a new dawn for Msunduzi.
Hundreds of litres of diesel, amounting to more than R3,6 million, have been stolen from Msunduzi and sold by unscrupulous municipal employees around the city.
The City’s new leadership is prepared to take tough decisions in their mission to revitalise Msunduzi and ensure that its citizens get good governance and quality service delivery they deserve.
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