4 November 2016
The DA condemns the disregard shown by both provincial and local government towards Kathu and its people – this is symbolic of the extent of the rot within the Gamagara municipality.
Recently, after National Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, and Premier Sylvia Lucas visited Kathu to launch the R18 billion Vaal-Gamagara pipeline, the Sivos stadium was left in a terrible state, with beer bottles and rubbish strewn everywhere.
After the launch, both the mayor and municipal manager of Gamagara, as well as municipal officials, also failed to attend an advertised IDP meeting scheduled for the same afternoon. Community members waited in front of locked doors for the meeting to begin but it never took place. No apology to the public was ever forthcoming.
Meanwhile, there is also a local water pipe that has been squirting water onto the street for over six weeks already. Ironically, Minister Mokonyane, who only recently visited Kathu, has been advocating for the preservation of our scarce water resources and preventing wastage. Clearly this is not a government that practices what it preaches.
Gamagara municipal trucks responsible for transporting refuse from Kathu to the dump site at Deben, are further failing to abide by widely accepted waste removal practices. They are not securing waste with a net before transportation, as the nets are supposedly broken. This has been going on for years already and has caused much damage to the environment, as black bags fly off the truck during transportation. The waste is never picked up and contaminates the environment, also placing roaming animals that are looking for fodder, at risk. There is no security or fencing at the dump site at Deben either, which further aggravates the situation.
Clearly provincial and local government do not care about the state of the Gamagara environment nor do they care about the people residing within the municipal area. This is in stark contrast to a DA government, that strives to protect our natural environment and deliver effective and efficient services to the people we serve.
The DA has submitted a number of questions to the members of the executive regarding inefficient management within Gamagara municipality. We have also submitted questions to the MEC of Environment, Tiny Chotello, to establish whether her department is doing anything in response to the contamination of the environment as a result of poor waste removal practices by Gamagara municipality:
Our questions to her include the following:
What is the outcome of compliance monitoring by the department regarding Gamagara municipality’s waste removal practices?
(a) Given the situation regarding the management of household waste in Gamagara municipality, will the MEC consider taking some form of consequence management against the Gamagara municipality and if so (b) what will this entail?
To what extent can we expect Gamagara municipality to benefit from the R450 000 clean-up campaign under EPWP, as launched by the MEC last month?
What sustainable interventions can the MEC commit her department to undertake to improve waste management within the Gamagara municipality?
DA Northern Cape Constituency Head
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Shelley De Witt
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