Service delivery crisis in Ekurhuleni addressed

Officials in Ekurhuleni inspecting some of the houses that are trapped in water.

Tsakane – The City of Ekurhuleni’s Siyaqhuba team visited and inspected an area where a service delivery crisis is experienced, on Friday.

The initiative was introduced by the Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina towards acceleration of service delivery in Ekurhuleni.

During the visits, the Executive Mayor followed up on issues raised by the community and they were dealt with on the spot or within a reasonable amount of time.

The team focused on service delivery issues in Wards 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 99 and 112.

A representative from Ekurhuleni, Goodness Nhlapo, says some of the issues raised in Ward 99, which is in Freedom Park informal settlement, were issues of fan parks, water, electricity and sanitation.

Water and sanitation have been promised and 100 toilets will be delivered to the residents of Freedom Park next week.

“With regards to electricity, the energy department will supply the informal settlement with solar light.

“The informal settlement is part of the mega project and will be moved to Tsakane Ext 22,” she says.

During their visit to Tsakane Ext 22, they found that there is no electricity, no refuse bins and no water meters were installed. Also, no consumer accounts have been proclaimed.

“The area is going to be proclaimed and once it is, by next week the contractor will start installing the water meters and the consumers will have water and electricity accounts.

“We will have a meeting with Eskom to come up with a plan of electricity supply. In the meantime, the community will be provided with solar light.

The team also visited Inhlamulo streets where six houses were found to be in a water locked land.

“The Department of Informal Settlement will be working closely with the Department of Gauteng provincial government so that the area can be declared a disaster area.

“The houses need to be relocated and will be demolished to protect the area to prevent anyone from moving in,” she concluded.

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