The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing

The DA argued that in Executive Mayor Naga Patrick Lipudi’s State of the City Address, the Mayor embarked on an excursion of self-praise.This reached a crescendo when he assured residents that the green areas of Mogale City were being conserved and developed for present and future generations.

These ‘green lungs’, also known as Public Open Spaces, include Coronation Park and the Vleiloerie Park, which, he claimed, were regarded as an integral part of the city’s ecological system. He specifically commended the Animal Farm, which was established in 1988 in Coronation Park, for providing informal recreational facilities to children of the city. He acknowledged that the community cherished the livestock grazing on the slopes surrounding the Coronation Park Dam.

The DA suggests that the Mayor should fast forward to 27 March. During the council meeting on that date, he tabled a report bearing his signature, to obtain approval from Council to transfer the livestock kept at the Animal Farm in Coronation Park to Vlakdrift, the municipal Agripark in Tarlton.

Possibly the Mayor had experienced a ‘blank moment’ when he referred to the livestock in the State of the City Address or was simply going through the motions as he read from a speech written by a political junior.

Despite being reminded of his earlier statement, the Mayor displayed intense vigour four days later when supporting the relocation of the farm animals to Vlakdrift.

Edwina Mahne, the DA’s representative on the Portfolio for Integrated Environmental Services, explained that the Portfolio Committee had not supported the translocation of the Animal Farm livestock to Vlakdrift.

She was shocked that the Executive Mayor had changed course after his impassioned praise for the facility in his annual speech.

He then refused to accept the portfolio’s recommendation.

  AUTHOR
The Democratic Alliance (DA)

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