KOSRA are acutely aware of the intense sense of frustration that ratepayers harbour regarding the lack of service delivery from Ndlambe and excessive rates charges that Ndlambe has sought to selectively impose. At every turn, we have every reason to express differing levels of anger and annoyance at what we are expected to put up with.
On this basis, we have engaged with certain of the most senior officials at Ndlambe and explained that the ratepayers are at the end of their patience waiting for change and for improvement which simply HAS to come.
KOSRA is embarking on a process of interaction with Ndlambe where we will tackle issues topic by topic. First will be rates and roads, followed by water and sewage. Waste management is already under an on-going process of discussion.
IF this process does not bear fruit within a reasonably short time frame, KOSRA is of the view that litigation will be the only option as a last resort because government compliance with court orders is not always a given.
Before we start the survey we would like to highlight a few but important facts pertaining to Ndlambe municipality as documented in the AG report:
Loss of water due to poor management (overflows, metering inefficiencies, meter faults and unauthorized unmetered consumption)
Electricity losses due to medium and low voltage loses in switch gear, overhead lines, underground cables and transformers, meter reading and electrical tampering
Irregular expenditure due to bad supply chain management and policy deviations. No steps were taken to prevent this. R410m of current and prior year amounts were simply written off
Bonuses were paid to the municipal manager and senior managers before the annual report for the applicable performance year was tabled and adopted by council.
And the list goes on…