Ward 14 in Tembisa is forgotten – DA

The residents of Ward 14 in Tembisa have been forgotten by the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE), says PR Cllr Fanyana Nkosi of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni.

“The lack of service delivery in the ward is appalling. There is a long list of service delivery challenges that need to be urgently addressed. A large fraction of the ward does not have proper traffic calming measures. In desperation, the residents have erected their own speed humps. As one can imagine, the speed humps are incredibly dangerous and they could potentially damage vehicles,” adds Nkosi.

Nkosi explains that the roads in their current condition are death traps.

“Parents in and around the area live in fear that their children will be knocked over by moving vehicles. Just recently, a child was knocked over by a speeding car in Ethafeni Section. Questions have been asked and petitions have been tabled in council, yet the CoE continues to do nothing. Moreover, the current budgets for this ward and the Municipal Plans (MTREF or IDP/Budget 2018/19) do not indicate a determination to address the issue of traffic calming measures in the ward,” says Nkosi.

He adds that further to this, the refuse collection in the area is unreliable and erratic.

“Refuse is not collected on the day indicated on the municipal timetable. Residents are constantly complaining about the inconsistent, late, and in some cases, no services at all from the waste department. The lack of services has resulted in illegal dumping, posing a health and environmental hazard. Evidently, the ANC-run CoE does not take residents’ safety or concerns seriously. The residents of Ward 14 Tembisa pay rates and taxes and deserve the services they are paying for,” he adds.

Nkosi says the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni will continue to hold the ANC accountable for continuously failing to serve the residents of the City.

“We will also stay committed to the fight for service delivery and ensure, as far possible, that service delivery requirements are budgeted for,” he adds.

The City of Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe says Tembisa and adjacent areas have been outsourced from a private contractor.

“The contractor has 12 CBCs that are servicing Tembisa, which means the 21 cubic compactor trucks are utilised by this service provider,” adds Gadebe.

Gadebe further says there is a truck that is servicing Ward 14 sections as per the waste collection schedule.

“We will investigate claims of non-collection because our expectation is that waste should be collected daily between 7am until 5pm. In Ward 14 we have litter pickers that are doing litter picking on main routes and we have a team that is dealing with illegal dumping,” adds Gadebe.

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