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Worsening drought conditions and logistical challenges surrounding water tankers, has left one of the country's worst hit areas in KwaZulu-Natal with just three months' water supply. In a statement, iLembe District Mayor Welcome Mdabe said he would be meeting with Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Wednesday "to present the district’s business plan for the drought". Mdabe declared that iLembe "has enough water for about 120 days". "The...
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A third of South Africa’s municipalities have dysfunctional wastewater treatment works, but despite a looming drinking water crisis, the department of water and sanitation has failed to spend a massive R2 billion of its budget. The department’s request to the Auditor-General that the amount be rolled over to the next financial year has been refused, which means its allocation in the new financial year will be R2 billion less. Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said the reduction...
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The Department of Human Settlements has left eight metros in the lurch as it digs in its heels and continues to withhold millions in capacitation grant money without much explanation about when the stalemate will be broken. In August, the department withheld grant funds from the City of Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, Buffalo City Metro, City of Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, City of Tshwane, eThekwini and Mangaung, saying the metros had failed to prove they had spent previous...
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It is now up to the Treasury to resolve an impasse surrounding 27 municipalities that are still struggling to pay Eskom for its supplies of bulk electricity. It emerged during a heated meeting with the South African Local Government Association (Salga) on Tuesday that the councils were already part of a special payment programme established earlier this year when Eskom threatened to interrupt power to the top 20 defaulting municipalities. However, many municipalities conceded on Tuesday they...
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President Jacob Zuma closed last month’s national general council meeting by calling for lifestyle audits for civil servants – especially those with the authority to award tenders. He may like to begin in the city of Klerksdorp in North West, where, last month, the Matlosana municipality’s chief internal auditor, Mpho Seero, was suspended for allegedly leaking details of damning internal audit reports “to members of the community without approval”. Seero hit...
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The Bushbuckridge municipality in Mpumalanga says it was forced to remove shacks after residents invaded land earmarked for a multi-billion rand project last week. Some residents of Marite illegally occupied Injaka 267 KU and 273 KU and erected shacks, a News24 correspondent reported. Municipal spokesperson Aubrey Mnisi said the municipality, along with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, had earmarked the land for a R1.5bn lemon plantation and a waterfront hotel, as well as...
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Two of the biggest headaches for the African National Congress (ANC) at the moment arguably lie in the rising phenomenon of service delivery protests and deteriorating metro support — with the two coinciding in Gauteng, among other areas, as is evident in last year’s provincial polls. In the past, service delivery protests did not necessarily result in an erosion of support at the polls, but, for a number of reasons, the consistent disapproval expressed by Gauteng residents on the...
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The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality has written off debt of more than R200 000 owed to it by the Development Bank of South Africa. The bank owed the municipality R234 210.53. The reason was the DBSA debt was more than five years old and details about the debt could not be found. The same reasons were given for the R58 361.40 owed by the North West provincial government’s revenue account.This was the memorandum submitted to the full council meeting on August 27, in which...
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The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality has spent more than R100 million on consultants but failed to get value for money. One of them was the former chief financial officer of the municipality, David Thornhill. Thornhill was paid R39 000 for assisting the current chief financial officer Segomotso Phatudi to compile the annual financial statement a few days before the auditor-general’s office arrived in August last year to conduct the audit. At the time, Thornhill was employed...
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Senior officials of the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in Vryburg, North West, have been accused of channelling millions of rand to companies owned by people known to them. The allegations were reported to the Hawks in June. Included in the accusations were that senior officials, particularly municipal manager Zebo Tshetlho, were instrumental in the awarding of tenders on a roster system, instead of putting them out for competitive bidding. Most of these companies belonged to...
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