An important community notice from KOSRA, BRRAG and Kenton/Bushman’s Chamber of Business and Tourism

by | Jun 1, 2021 | Blog | 17 comments

Proposed community service delivery option in Wards 3 & 4: Water production and supply.

Service delivery in South Africa in general and in our area in particular, is a major challenge. It is of great concern to residents, businesses, investors, visitors and tourists alike.

Service delivery concerns include:

  • Water provision
  • Sanitation
  • Road infrastructure provision and maintenance
  • Environmental care
  • Security
  • Refuse removal
  • Maintenance of parks, street lights etc.,

The economy of our area is primarily reliant on tourism, therefore appropriate infrastructure, a pristine environment, dependable services and reliable delivery are essential to protect, attract and retain investment.

Our growing population places increasing pressure on our services and resources year on year. This pressure emanates from:

  • Semigration from other areas
  • More people working from home
  • Growth of informal housing
  • Expansion of formal housing
  • Developments in the area

We can no longer afford to stand idly by and only be able to proffer opinions with regard to service delivery – we need to have some degree of authority; a constitutional right.

We therefore have three options:

  • Do nothing – lose/lose situation
  • Litigate and threaten – a win/lose situation
  • Collaborate – which could lead to a long-term win/win sustainable option, maintaining and building positive relationships

 

REPORT ON RECENT ACTIONS AND PROGRESS:

During the past few weeks, intense research, discussions and presentations have taken place to address the poor performance of Amatola Water in securing reliable and accountable water supply to our community. These efforts have only been focussed on Wards 3 & 4 of Ndlambe Municipality.

A joint group consisting of the Technical Water Group represented by the two relevant ratepayers’ organisations and the Chamber of Business and Tourism was established.

Engagement with the Ndlambe Mayor (Ms. K Ncamiso), Municipal Manager (Adv. R Dumezweni) and Director of Infrastructure (Ms. N. Vithi) took place to discuss a collaborative plan to resolve Amatola Water’s inability to provide a constant and reliable water supply.

It was decided that we can longer work with Amatola Water as advice-givers without the managerial input required to implement our practical suggestions.

Our preference therefore, is to work in a formalised structure with Ndlambe Municipality, in a Private Public Partnership (PPP) where we would have greater formal input in the running and management of the water plant.

As a result of the success achieved by these frank discussions, we were invited to make presentations in three or four virtual, open meetings with representatives from the Office of Minister of Water and Sanitation, Regional Department of Water and Sanitation officials and Amatola Water. The objective being to find solutions to address the critical water problem facing our community.

The joint group was received warmly in all of these meetings and our presentations were extremely well received by everyone, especially by the DWS who also expressed their non-acceptance of Amatola’s inadequate performance.

In practice, a PPP may take years to establish and as time is of the essence, DWS is exploring ways that a tripartite agreement can be constituted immediately with Amatola, Ndlambe Municipality and our joint group, with the proper authority to manage the plant.

An issue still to be determined is the composition of the representation. As we are also considering becoming involved with the non-functioning sewerage systems in Wards 3 and 4 as well as the ecological nightmare of Amatola’s operation we would need to invite Estuary Care on to team. There is a possibility that other interested parties in our community may also need to be part of the local representative body.

It has transpired that there is an urgent need for a Joint Community Forum to represent the community on matters of mutual concern and to provide continuity.

Objectives of the Joint Community Forum are to:

  • Represent the community and various community bodies on matters initially concerning water manufacture but ultimately covering all aspects, from source to the door and from door to sewerage disposal points
  • Serve as a consultation and communication forum
  • Monitor service delivery
  • Engage with National Treasury through DWS and other stakeholders on matters of expansion
  • Enable existing resources
  • Contribute with managerial, technical and problem solving expertise
  • Link national and international sources of expertise
  • Involve service providers from our community

We will keep our members informed as the way forward unfolds and becomes clearer.

 

 

17 Comments

  1. Thank you for your hard and very valuable work for our community!

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  2. Dear KOSRA Committee
    On behalf of Two Rivers Place ( with Kenton’s largest rates bill) I fully support this initiative. We are going nowhere and, in addition to delivery of services issues, the potential threat of civil disorder will become a reality unless action is taken.
    Doug Walters
    Chairperson
    Two Rivers Place Association.

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  3. Essential collaboration with all concerned

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  4. Yes to all of the above.

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  5. I support the idea of a more robust form of collaboration with Ndlambe Municipality, especially if the knowledge and experience of “ Retirees “ in the area can be utilized.

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  6. At last sanity prevails. You have my 100% support.

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  7. An excellent idea to form this Community Forum which is a long time coming. However the right, suitably qualified people need to be elected to ensure meaningful input to ensure the positive change needed…

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  8. The Community Forum is an excellent idea to ensure that there is necessary focus by suitably qualified people elected to the Community Forum.

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  9. Many thanks for the communication. Your efforts and commitment greatly appreciated as always. Best wishes from Durban!

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  10. Congratulations on this initiative which I’m sure will be welcomed by all residents

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  11. I commend you on the initiative. Time to put personal differences aside and collaborate for the greater good

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  12. Thank you KOSRA.

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  13. With so many parties involved you will need tol make sure of unfettered and direct lines of communication, funding, responsibility and authority. I believe this will be the greatest challenge.

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  14. What an amazing initiative. A big vote of appreciation to those people giving of their time and expertise for Kenton. It must achieve a much more favourable outcome than the present system. Many residents of towns are rescuing their infrastructure from failing politicians – it is probably the only way to go.
    Thank to all the committees and volunteers for what they do for Kenton

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  15. Fantastic proactive initiative. So appreciate your tireless efforts

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  16. This is great work. Well done.
    We have a lot of experience in potable water provision and in sanitation plant filtration to ensure that water flowing to the estuary is clean.
    Also a lot of experience in the provision of potable water solutions to underserved communities.
    We work in Johannesburg but own a property in Elliot rd.
    Happy to give advice on some options you may consider.
    Not really looking for business, but rather to contribute in the spirit of keeping Kenton/Bushmans great holiday destinations and to improve the lot of permanent residents

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  17. as a councillor I support this move but am concerned at the lack of any engagement with councillors of all parties who represent you in council. I know you wish to be apolitical but surely this can be accomplished by inviting all councillrs to your meetings. In your case that would be 3 and inviting them to give input when necessary. Only way to achieve service delivery is by using your councillors but if they are in the dark how can they do this?.

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