Mr Phillip Nothnagel, councillor for Ward 5 in Emfuleni, writes an open letter to the new ELM Mayor Mr Jacob Khawe:
Dear Mayor Khawe, I want to start by congratulating you on your appointment as Mayor of ELM.
We trust that you will give your urgent attention to a number of unsolved problems that go back a number of years. I want to draw your attention to a number of commitments made by the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura during a public meeting held with residents, as part of the Ntirhisano Service Delivery Community Outreach Program, held on October 28, 2015.
During the meeting the Premier said that the municipality cannot provide even the most basic of services.
He added: “This is unacceptable, and we will make sure your concerns are addressed urgently, we will shake up this municipality to ensure we deliver.
I wish to make it unequivocally clear that I will not tolerate any delays with regard to the delivery of services. Necessary action will be taken should any delays be experienced”.
Looking back at the Premiers visit nearly two and a half years ago, a concerning situation arises. Most of the problems regarding the delivery of basic service delivery items that were pointed out to the Premier have not been addressed.
As a matter of fact it seems as if though service delivery related problems reported repeatly to ELM, are simply ignored.
I would like to draw your attention to some of the most important matters that need to be addressed urgently:-
* Infrastructure defects, especially water leaks not being fixed on time.
* Streetlights not working for months on end. This is one of the most important reasons why incidents of housebreaking and house robberies have increased in Emfuleni.
* Potholes not fixed. Indeed, the number of potholes has increased and worsens daily. The problems regarding potholes are reaching crisis proportions.
A number of very serious accidents have been caused due to people trying to avoid potholes. Ward 5 has started a project, whereby all potholes are reported through me, as Ward Councilor to ELM.
I trust that this will not be another futile exercise and that all potholes reported will be fixed as soon as possible.
* Road maintenance is not done.
The state of the roads is so bad that it scares off potential investors and visitors to ELM.
* Lack of road markings and traffic signs which creates road safety hazards.
* Neglected pavements, storm water drains and overgrown parks and open spaces.
* Lack of quality control over outsourced maintenance services.
* Officials not answering telephones, messages and correspondence.
* Wrong billing in respect of water and light accounts.
* Property taxes not reinvested into areas where the taxes are paid (taxpayers see no return on the taxes paid by them).
* Lack of By-law enforcement e.g. illegal buildings, advertisements and businesses, which seems to be ignored by ELM officials.
Under the above circumstances it is to be expected that the public are tired with and have lost all confidence in ELM.
We are fast approaching the stage where loyal taxpayers are going to revolt and use all possible legal avenues of withholding their monthly payments to ELM.
In closing I want to ensure you that the fixing of all potholes and water leaks will go a long way in restoring the faith of all taxpayers in ELM.
The residents of Ward 5 and for that matter the whole of Emfuleni are looking forward to hear from you in this regard.