Govan Mbeki now fails to collect refuse

Now Govan Mbeki fails to collect refuse
STATE OF COLLAPSE: The DA in the Govan Mbeki council is calling for the municipality to be placed under administration as basic service delivery such as refuse collection cannot be performed. PICTURE Supplied

The ailing municipality is also failing to pay its Eskom debt which currently stands at R2.7 billion and the ballooning R485-million owed to Rand Water – add to that an uncontrollable sewer spillage problem.

Problems for one of Mpumalanga’s worst-run municipalities, Govan Mbeki, don’t seem to end as it is now failing to collect refuse that is now piling up at people’s homes.

The municipality is urged to immediately remove the waste lest people will face a rat problem, which is hard to solve.

DA councilor James Masango said the failures by Nhlakanipho Zuma’s collapsing municipality “have become a constant”.

“The reason given is that the trucks are broken,” Masango said, adding that the smell of the refuse is now “unbearable”.

“Some residents started to leave garbage out on the streets as there are no alternative means of dumping the refuse,” said Masango.

Now Govan Mbeki fails to collect refuse
Rubbish continues to pile up in the streets of Secunda

Masango said they will ask Zuma to explain the failure “with no other alternative plan to collect the refuse and they want him to “urgently provide update on the refuse health crisis”.

“Just last year, the municipality was constantly parading the handing over of new fleet vehicles, but now there are no vehicles to collect refuse,” said Masango.

The municipality is also owing a lot of money to Eskom and Rand Water.

From June 2020 to January 2022, the debt owed to Eskom by the municipality ballooned from R2 billion to R2.7 billion.

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By June 2018, the municipality owed Eskom around R700 million which led to power cuts and the money has steadily increased to R2.7 billion in 2022.

When including the R485-million owed to Rand Water, the total money owed to both utilities now sits at R3.1 billion.

In October 2018, Govan Mbeki was one of the 5 municipalities that Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane announced would be put under financial rescue.

She abandoned the financial rescue plan and said she would find new strategies to turn things around at the municipality but it now seems that was just an empty promise.

(edited by ZK)
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