Sanco weighs in on Mogale’s troubles

It may well be agreed that 2016 was an eventful year in a number of respects, particularly on the political scene. But if recent domestic and global political events, from national, provincial to the local level, are anything to go by, 2017 promises to be yet another rollercoaster ride.

The same applies to our body politic. The ANC, in announcing its programme for the year, hence, the ANC West Rand regional chairperson, Boyce Maneli, the longest serving South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) member in the region, who is currently the Executive Mayor of the West Rand District Municipality, has told Sanco that the ANC has decided to combine its 105th birthday celebration with the centenary of one of Africa’s leading lights, former ANC president, Oliver Regional Tambo.

Had he lived, Tambo, who died on April 24 1993, would have been 100 years old this year. This debate is for another day.

As the interim chairperson of Sanco Mogale City, I was given an a responsibility to lead the Zonal Task Team at a convened council meeting on Tuesday, 31 January. Our attendance at the council meeting, (indeed) was a blessing, particularly to our members.

When the debate got heated, we learnt as Sanco that the new administration under the DA-led coalition is running the municipality without resolutions. Among other things we discovered were that:

• The Mogale City Local Municipality’s (MCLM) inability to pay the Eskom account within 30 day emanates from the cash flow issue. As at the end of the first quarter, the Eskom account was 90 days overdue. Management reported that they are in a process of negotiating another payment arrangement with Eskom because the DA-led coalition could not meet the terms of the previous agreement.

• The DA-run municipality failed to deal with overtime costs. According to management, this is largely exacerbated by the current vacancies. However attention needs to be given to this to ensure that the cost incurred is valid and is within the legislated threshold. Filling of key vacancies also needs to be prioritised. Sanco pleaded with Mogale City Local Municipality.

Sanco, as the accountable organisation to its branches, immediately convened the Zonal report-back general meeting on 4 February at Kid Maponya Primary School in Kagiso, Extension 12.

Sanco branches were given a chance to pose questions to their Zonal Task Team leaders.

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