WATCH VIDEOS: Metro addresses service delivery issues in Boksburg

MMC Robert Mashego speaksto residents of Reiger Park during the Siyaqhuba outreach programme. The Ekurhuleni officials and MMCs visited wards 32, 33 and 34 in Boksburg, on May 12.

The programme is part of a drive to ensure that service delivery issues are rapidly responded to and, more importantly, that the people of Ekurhuleni are in closer contact with public representatives.

The officials and MMCs visited wards 32, 33 and 34 on May 12.

In Blue Sky informal settlement, issues such as illegal dumping, tree cutting, overgrown grass, crime and selling of drugs where discussed.

According to Goodness Nhlapo, project manager for the Siyaqhuba programme, the issue of illegal dumping will be dealt with.

 

“The metro has made it possible that on Fridays the waste department will collect rubbish, to reduce illegal dumping activities,” Nhlapo said.

Residents of Blue Sky requested additional chemical toilets and that the municipality should quickly attend to leaking taps.

Other issues raised were a storm water trench that poses a danger because it floods in rainy weather. The storm water department said it will build rails to make it safer for residents to cross.

The officials and MMCs then proceeded to Driefontein informal settlement, where issues such as solar lights, illegal dumping and leaking taps were addressed.

The community of this informal settlement requested a pedestrian crossing.

Meanwhile, the MMC for Human Settlement Lesiba Mpya addressed the community of Kalamazoo informal settlement regarding housing.

He said they are happy to announce that the community of Kalamazoo will be relocated to Leeuwpoort.

 

“The municipality has secured a piece of land where they will be living in residential flats,” Mpya said.

Leaking taps and grading of roads were some of the other issues addressed.

The municipality will provide the residents of Kalamazoo with solar lighting in the meantime as they wait to be relocated.

They then proceeded to ward 34 in Joe Slovo informal settlement, where the issues of roads that needed to be widened, leaking taps, electricity that needs to be installed and illegal dumping were discussed.

Ekurhuleni officials and MMCs from varous departments visit Boksburg as part of the Siyaqhuba outreach programme, which seeks to highlight service delivery issues.

Nhlapo highlighted that in all the communities visited, there was a common problem of illegal connections transferred from the street lights.

Officials advised the community to follow the right procedure to get electricity from the energy department.

Some of the issues identified in Reiger Park were grass cutting, speed-calming measures, illegal electricity connections and maintenance at the flats.

MMC Robert Mashego said in regard to grass cutting, the contractor is engaged when there is a need to cut the grass, so the service will take place and that the community need not worry.

Siyaqhuba project manager Goodness Nhlapo, MMC Robert Mashego and ward 34 councillor Charlie Crawford were among the municipal officials and MMCs from various departments who attended the Siyaqhuba programme in Reiger Park, on May 12.

Residents pleaded with the officials to attend to the matter of illegal connections.

Mpya said: “We have ring-fenced about R30 million for the refurbishment of our rental stock in the current financial year 16/17.

“We have also identified three areas, Actonville, KwaThema hostel and Reiger Park, which are going to benefit. We are also completing the reticulation of the sewer system and we are now going to start with fixing the roofs. The appointed contractor should be introduced to the community so they can start working.”

The officials and MMCs then proceeded to some of the flats to inspect prevailing issues.

  AUTHOR
Ntombikayise Sibeko
Journalist

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