Power, Joburg Water and Pikitup are one step closer to falling under the operational control of the Johannesburg municipality, Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Sunday.
“On Thursday, Johannesburg City Council approved a report proposing the initiation of a process to reintegrate municipal-owned entities…”
Currently, said Mashaba, “the absurdity of this situation is that the City is the sole shareholder of these entities, but they operate under the Company’s Act and are semi-autonomous of the City”.
The managing directors and chief operating officers of these entities report, not to the municipality, but to a board of directors.
“How can a City be responsible and accountable to its residents for fast-tracking service delivery when it does not have complete control over the entities that implement delivery?”
The mayor said he hoped the entities – including City Power, Joburg Water and Pikitup – would be reintegrated back into the City’s structures within 18 months.
He said the report, which was approved earlier this week, detailed the process which would be followed, including establishing task teams, conducting feasibility studies, and ensuring public consultation.
Mashaba said there would be no job losses, as employees would be incorporated into the City’s structures.
He said the move would also save the City money, as the current salaries of non-executive board members for the entities cost R18-million a year.
“This is what we need to do to correct the sluggish and non-responsive nature of our service delivery in our City.”
Technicians from the Department of Water and Sanitation have repaired leaking pipes and malfunctioning boreholes with the aim of restoring full water supply in Majakaneng, North West.
The intervention is part of an agreement between the department and North West MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Colleen Maine, to take over the running of water and sanitation issues from Madibeng District Municipality.
MEC Maine announced the takeover during a recent public meeting, where Letlhabile residents expressed dissatisfaction with the municipality’s service delivery performance on water.
The residents complained about receiving water intermittently and high water bills even though most of them do not have water metres in their yards.
They also complained about exorbitant electricity bills by the municipality even though most of the time they went for days without lights.
The department reported on Tuesday that technicians have also fixed a leaking water reservoir which is now pumping water to full capacity.
“At least 1 570 leaks were identified in the area and 1 061 of these are in the process of being fixed. The department is targeting to repair 15 leaks a day per team.
“Also, 10 boreholes have been drilled and four of these will be developed into production boreholes,” said department spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau.
In addition, Ratau said, the department has started supplying jojo tanks with the targeting of installing 31 such tanks before the end of this week.
Similar work will be done in Madidi and Jericho villages as soon as the technicians have completed work in Majakaneng.
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