A community member raises a point while other members of the public queue to air their views during the Musina Ward 2 mayoral imbizo.

Local community members were happy that the municipality is servicing its Eskom debt with the urgency it deserves. This was revealed during the Musina Municipality Ward 2 mayoral imbizo which recently took place at Musina Nancefield. Mayor Mihloti Mihloti gave a service delivery report and updated community members on the progress on municipal Eskom debt.

Much to the applause of the community members, Muhlope explained: “When this Council took over two years ago, the municipality was owing Eskom over R140million. Last year, we reduced the debt to R100million. In May this year, Eskom issued a notice that we were owing R72, 2million. In July, our debt stood at R53, 6million. As I’m standing before you here today, the debt is standing at R35million. We will pay it off at the end of March next year.”

She said in the past years, the municipality has implemented several projects in Ward 2 and its surrounding areas. “We constructed paved roads her in Ward 2 at a cost of R7, 1million. We also added other paved roads in Ward 2 and Ward 5 at a cost of R8million. Storm water channels were constructed in Ward 2, 3 and 4 at a cost of R6, 2million. During the current 2018 / 2019 financial year, we will be constructing additional paved roads in Ward 2 and 3 at a cost of R10,5million. We will construct additional storm water channels at R4million. All these projects are at a tender stage. This means that community members can expect contractors to come to their sites anytime from now.”

Muhlope encouraged community members to use various available platforms to communicate with the municipality. “What we are doing today here is a confirmation that we put our people at the centre of development. We need your views to be able to deliver services efficiently. Lately, we had another successful imbizo at Lesley Manyathela stadium where local community members came in large numbers to contribute in the decision making processes of the municipality.”

She said the local people are very lucky because the municipality has effective communication platforms. “We are one of the best municipalities that is doing very well in terms of communications. Besides the imbizos, we have monthly ward meetings, IDP representative forum meetings, website, Facebook, bulk sms, to name but a few. The most important thing is for you to use these channels to the maximum. This will make our work easier because you will be knowing how the municipality operates.”

She said issues raised by the community members will be attended to as a matter of urgency.  “Those that are not of our competency will be referred to the relevant departments and stakeholders for urgent attention.”