The Emfuleni Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr. Mahole Simon Mofokeng embarked on an unannounced programme to track progress of the current infrastructure projects which are meant to improve the lives of communities. The programme happened at the height of the Emfuleni Local Municipality Extended Mayoral Committee workshop, where the Executive Mayor aimed to witness first hand and verify the reports presented at the workshop.
The unannounced programme to crisscross the length and breadth of Emfuleni forms part of the municipality’s service delivery turn-around strategy themed “Getting the Basics Right, Our Programme for Restoration.”
The following are some of the projects and areas where the Executive Mayor conducted his oversight visits since the fifth local democratic elections in August 2016:
Zone 7 Sebokeng, Nguna Street: Construction of a road and bridge:
The road has been redesigned and an appointment contractor is currently busy with site establishment in the area. This was initially a failed project after a contractor abandoned it without completion. Following remedial action by the Executive Mayor, the project is now back on track. We hope that the Department of Water and Sanitation will have responded with the 50-100 years floodline certificate for the bridge construction to resume.
Zone 6 Extension 5, Construction of roads:
Following the termination of contracts of two contractors and a consultant, a redesign of the entire project was done and new contractors were appointed. The roads are now at 40% completion.
Construction of Bishop Bird road in Palm Springs
The construction of the road is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017. All challenges including sub-contracting and employment issues have now been resolved and construction is underway.
Construction of Sebe Road in Zone 6
The municipality intervened by assisting with community participation which contributed massively towards the resolution of labour and land issues which had previously brought the project to a halt for three years. The construction of the road is underway.
Construction of Moedi School in Sharpeville
The contractor sub-contracted more than 60% of the work to companies which failed to deliver. The main contractor was dismissed for incompetence and the tender has since been advertised with the adjudication process underway to identify a suitable contractor.
Construction of Donna road in Evaton
This project was stopped before it started due to budget constraints. The road was reprioritized in the revised budget. Site establishment is underway.
Completion of Bophelong ECD
The project is now complete. Landscaping and electrical connection were outstanding and the contractor was summoned back to complete the project.
Mayor Mofokeng has appealed to community members to take ownership of projects currently underway in their wards. This is after parts of a waste transfer station in Sebokeng Zone 7 were vandalized. “I was saddened to see that geysers, electricity boards and wiring were stolen and windows broken in a project aimed at improving service delivery to our people,” said the Executive Mayor.
Mofokeng observed great progress in service delivery where roads were being resealed in the towns of Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark. He also visited municipal employees hard at work at a water purification plant in Vaal Owever and a project to install underground water infrastructure in Sebokeng.
“I have also seen projects stalled by construction companies contracted by the municipality and this is where we will step-in an continue because when projects are in the hands of passionate municipal workers, service delivery should be interactive, responsive and continuous,” said the Executive Mayor.
“I was equally disappointed and hurt to learn from the community members closer to some of the construction sites that there are hooligans who are trying their outmost best to disrupt or put these projects on hold. These are done under the false pretext of public protests. It was clear that there is an element of political opportunism which is desperate to score unnecessary points to hold back the impact and change that is seen in most of our areas”, said Mofokeng.
Emfuleni Local Municipality Executive Mayor Councillor Mahole Simon Mofokeng is seen here with Michael Patterson from SedTrade, one of engineering firms working to reseal and rehabilitate roads in Vereeniging, during his visit on Edward Street which is currently undergoing reconstruction. Several other streets including George, Victoria, Senator Marks and Limpopo have been resealed.
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