by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
Date: 17 September 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape repeats our call to the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Bentley Vass, to accelerate interventions in the deteriorating Tsantsabane Local Municipality.
Residents of Postmasburg once again face the threat of bulk electricity disconnections as from tomorrow, because the municipality has defaulted on its payment plan with Eskom.
Given that the municipality closed its books on 30 June 2017 with a net deficit of more than R55 million, it is no surprise that the municipality cannot afford to meet the terms of its payment plan.
Tomorrow’s scheduled load shedding is not the first disruption in service delivery in Tsantsabane and, given the ANC-led government’s history of mismanagement and maladministration, it is not likely to be the last.
The extent of mismanagement is reflected in the fact that the municipality had received disclaimer audits since 2007, with the latest audit outcome still outstanding.
While the department of COGHSTA had already begun interventions in Tsantsabane three months ago, the turnaround strategy is still not bearing any fruit and does not look set to keep the lights on. Instead, poor management continues to leave a bitter taste for residents who have to suffer the consequences of the ANC’s greed and mismanagement.
Only change under a DA-led administration can restore good governance and effective service delivery to Postmasburg.
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