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Last modified: 07 Jun 2017
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Municipality meets with residents about grievances

02 June 2017
Leadership from the Kouga Municipality, led by Finance Portfolio Councillor Brenton Williams (back left), Ward Councillor Sindiswa Mandeka (front second left) and Acting Municipal Manager Colleen Dreyer visited the informal settlement in Adelaide Tambo, Ocean View, as a follow-up to a meeting that took place between some of the community leaders and municipality over service delivery concerns. The residents in the picture are Alec Ruiters, Lydia Ruiters, Johannes Nappies, Bulelani Makhosi and Ward Secretary Mzwandile Yali (back right).

Leadership from the Kouga Municipality, led by Finance Portfolio Councillor Brenton Williams (back left), Ward Councillor Sindiswa Mandeka (front second left) and Acting Municipal Manager Colleen Dreyer visited the informal settlement in Adelaide Tambo, Ocean View, as a follow-up to a meeting that took place between some of the community leaders and municipality over service delivery concerns. The residents in the picture are Alec Ruiters, Lydia Ruiters, Johannes Nappies, Bulelani Makhosi and Ward Secretary Mzwandile Yali (back right).

Kouga Municipality has been working with residents of Ocean View to resolve a number of complaints submitted by community members.

A petition was handed to the municipal leadership at a recent protest march. Regular engagements have since taken place between the municipal leadership and unhappy residents, both regarding the petition and other matters that have arisen.

Grievances highlighted in the petition included the manner in which “war rooms” had been established in the ward and dissatisfaction with the ward councillor. Housing and electricity topped their list of service complaints.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the Council was in full agreement with the disgruntled residents about the “war room” that had allegedly been established in their ward.

“The establishment of the ‘war room’ took place despite Council formally resolving not to support this programme.

“Council is of the view that the ‘war rooms’ – which were initiated by the East Cape provincial government - are simply a duplication of structures such as the ward committees. There is no legislative backing for ‘war rooms’ as there is for ward committees and no funding support.

“For us the priority is, therefore, to ensure that our ward committees function as they should in line with legislation, in which case there is no need for ‘war rooms’.”

Mayor Van Lingen said the community’s grievances were being investigated by the Office of the Speaker.

“We are monitoring the implementation of the housing project at Ocean View by the East Cape Department of Human Settlements. The project has taken a long time to get off the ground and we do not want to see further delays push back the completion time further.

“The housing project is also of great importance when it comes to addressing the challenges that are being experienced with illegal electricity connections,” she said.