These temporary units were built on leased land to provide shelter for families from the town, who were displaced by severe floods the year before. It is well known that the families came from out of town in surrounding rural areas. They were told they would be housed in these structures for 2 years before being moved into formal housing. 10 years later and they are still living in the units, which are now in need of repairs.
The great Soviet leader Jospeh Stalin asked the Indian Ambassador Philosopher Sarvepali Radhakrishnan: “How is it possibe for this small man to mobilize thousands of people for his righteous course and we Communists dont have his charisma and ability to do this”
The municipality is facing a R10 million monthly shortfall in its budget; Ugu has a monthly income of R28 million yet monthly expenses are R38 million.
It is an absolute sham that President Ramaphosa addresses the nation with a “stimulus package” to instil hope and confidence in the government’s efforts to grow the economy, but he ignored the burden of the ever increasing fuel costs on the average South African.
We appreciate that political competition and propaganda play a role outside of the council structures, in what is generally referred to as “campaigning”. Our concern here is with the roles we perform inside the structures, to ensure that the institution serves its citizens well.
Honourable Speaker, with 7 petrol price increases this year against a 1% VAT increase and fuel levy increase of 52 cents in April, surely South Africans are in a corner. These incessant increases are overbearing and surely perpetuate poverty, inequality and are a daily struggle for our people. These increases are simply not viable.
The Umdoni municipality has such a large staff of 250 employees but the level of service delivery leaves much to be desired. The ANC council took steps to suspend some of its important staff members, claiming mismanagement.
We purchase as much locally produced honey as possible from local beekeepers and blend it into our other honeys which we import from reputable suppliers. It maintains a flavour, body, aroma and rich colour to which our local customers are accustomed and which they enjoy
Another major problem in the area is the lack of storm water drainage and the downpours that regularly damage the roads. In this regard, I have commenced with regravelling some of the roads in my ward, namely Lotus Road, Camelfoot Road and Temple Road.
All the contributing ratepayers should stand together as a community to fight the corruption and fraud that have plagued us for a very long time. We pensioners cannot absorb the increases for very much longer.
The transfer from one system to another was a huge task and indeed there were challenges, but praise goes to SASSA for dealing with challenges swiftly. Home visits will be made to all who are physically disabled or bedbound.