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Rand Water rents out 17 vehicles for Metsi-a-Lekoa to curb water losses

LEAD IMAGEVanderbijlpark - The Executive Mayor of Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM), Cllr. Sipho Radebe together with the MMC Basic Services, Cllr Vincent Jones unveiled a fleet of 17 service delivery vehicles at Metsi-a-Lekoa offices yesterday. The vehicles have been rented by Rand Water as part of a resolution taken by the South African Cabinet to place ELM under Section 63 intervention of the National Water Services Act.

This meant that the National Government effectively took over the Water Services Authority Function of the Municipality and all its ancillary responsibilities. In light of the intervention, the Department of Water and Sanitation appointed Rand Water as an implementing agency to affect Section 63 intervention objectives.

With the understanding that the Cabinet decision came at the backdrop of the implementation of Section 139 (1) b of the constitution by the Gauteng Provincial Government, the municipality has committed to fully cooperate with the injunction.

This was further necessitated by the fact that the municipality is in dire need of additional resources, the municipality welcomes the collective effort that inter-Governmental Framework tabled to ensure a total conformance to the intervention process.

In his opening remarks and welcoming the Executive Mayor to the event, MMC Vincent Jones said that the unveiling marks the beginning of great things to come in Emfuleni.

SECONDARY IMAGE“This is an important and historic day where we get to unveil cars rented for us by Rand Water in terms of the Section 63 intervention. With these cars, we commit ourselves to accelerating the turnaround time and improve the level of service delivery for our communities,” Jones said.  

A number of processes were initiated under the intervention and today’s vehicle unveiling forms part of them. The intervention has delivered 17 rented vehicles for a period of three (3) months. The 17 vehicles will be shared amongst the 3 water depots in the municipality. Vehicles will also be allocated to 12 water teams to contain water losses and have a quicker turnaround time on all water complaints.

In a bid to decisively deal with vehicle shortages at Metsi-a-Lekoa, the municipality plans to procure thirty-five (35) service delivery vehicles for both water and sanitation sections. This will be for permanent reception at Metsi-a-Lekoa.

Addressing the water section teams and members of the media, Mayor Radebe started by submitting an apology for the Department of Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister, Mr. David Mahlobo for his absence due to other pressing commitments.

The Mayor further congratulated all the drivers for passing the competency tests to be certified drivers of the vehicles.

“As the Executive Mayor, I welcome this fleet of vehicles handed over to us by Rand Water. I can now safely say no more delays on water queries turnaround time due to transport challenges. No more hampering of service delivery on our end, Radebe remarked.

THIRD IMAGEMayor Radebe said that he is humbled by the ongoing efforts by other spheres of government to capacitate the municipality and ensuring that it keeps to the promise of providing quality services to its communities.

In closing, the Mayor called on all water teams to match the effort made by the Department of Water and Sanitation through Rand Water by doubling their work effort.

“We understand that these 17 cars are still not sufficient to cover all areas and their problems however, communities would not understand that, all they want is being serviced adequately. That means more work effort on our part, let this day mark the first of many where Emfuleni communities get the services they deserve,” Executive Mayor Radebe concluded.  

Sedibeng government institution buildings in arrears targeted for electricity disconnections.

6Vereeniging - Finance and Revenue MMC Cllr. Hassan Mako officially launched the electricity disconnection campaign for government institutions that owe the municipality on Monday, 25 April 2022. The campaign is a credit control measure aimed at improving revenue collection in the municipality.

Cllr. Mako lead the revenue department team and Red Ants to Vereeniging CBD to carry out disconnections. Over 18 buildings housing several government institutions were targeted. Mako oversaw the disconnections of the South African Police Service (SAPS) training center, the Department of Labour and other key buildings in Merriman Avenue, Vereeniging.

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As the rollout of disconnections are now underway in the municipality, MMC Mako appealed with all municipal account holders with arrears dating back to 31st May 2021 to register for the incentive scheme to avoid disconnections.

“The drive to visit government institutions with the disconnection campaign is to deal with the constantly growing consumer debt due to non-payment. Recovering monies owed to the municipality will help the institution to successfully deliver on its constitutional mandate of providing adequate services. To improve collection strategies, we have introduced the Incentives Scheme to offer a discount to residential account holders and businesses with arrears,” Mako said.

Disconnection of government institutions forms part of a bigger plan by the municipality to recoup millions in services owed by business and residential account holders. The municipality will soon phase in water restrictions to improve revenue collection.

“For account holders to avoid these credit control measures, we are once again calling upon consumers to take advantage of the Incentive Scheme to avoid disconnections, the call is equally extended to government institutions,” Mako added.

Since MMC Hassan Mako officially launched the credit control campaign, over 30 accounts owing the municipality over 10 million have been disconnected. The municipality will be disconnecting 323 business accounts this month to recoup a little under 312 million.