COMMUNITIES at Ga-Maponto and surrounding villages in Molemole, north of Polokwane got all their questions answered on service delivery when Capricorn District Municipality (CDM) brought them together at a Council Outreach.
The outreach attracted multitudes of residents who queued up to question the municipality about municipal service delivery performance in their areas. Most concerns were about the delivery projects of water, ageing infrastructure, electricity, sanitation, roads, local economic development for the Executive Mayor, mayoral and executive committee members, councillors and managers to respond to.
“We are worried that we see water projects being implemented and commissioned for use but they most run dry and lay disused”, said a concerned resident, Ms Johanna Ramashia of Mohodi Ga-Madikana, suggesting that the municipality should have maintenance plan to refurbish ageing infrastructure.
In his prelude to responses before giving a detailed report on the status quo of projects, Executive Mayor Cllr Gilbert Kganyago state that contractors should never be paid until a project is fully functional according to the project specifications and scope. “Before a certificate of payment is signed, we must ensure that the work is satisfactory and meets the desired standard”, he said.
Kganyago urged residents to be actively involved in the planning and implementation of projects in order to hold contractors accountable. “That would strengthen the partnership you have with us and that is why why we are here”.
In his service delivery report, Kganyago told residents that the launch of the municipal planning tribunal, which is is a decision–making structure on land management applications for all local municipalities, to strengthen the municipality’s planning capacity on land use management matters. “This tribunal is a giant step towards our socio-economic development that will unlock a potential for land resources, industrial development, investment and entrench a paradigm shift in human settlements”, he said.
He also enlightened communities about the proposed de-establishment of Aganang local municipality by Municipal Demarcation Board. “This will change the spatial composition of the district as some wards will fall under Polokwane, Blouberg etc”, he said.
Kganyago further urged communities to report occurrences of water supply interruptions to the municipality for timely interventions. After the public participation session, the municipality, will work closely with provincial government and other provincial state entities about the concerns that were raised; while issues that belong to local government will be considered in the next integrated development planning (IDP).
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