WE have heard of the proverbial banana republic north of our border; some might even say we are on track to becoming a banana republic ourselves. However, one thing is sure, we live in a banana city.
Here is why:
- Who runs the city? Faku or Wayile? Service delivery suffers because councillors who support one of the two can never reach an agreement on providing basic services to the city's previously disadvantaged;
- We have been unable to appoint a municipal manager for a few years now for various reasons; the latest being that no qualified candidates could be found during the interview process. An HR company has been appointed at R500000 to find the right person;
- Lately, we have been told how our water system was contaminated with bacteria that would lead to severe illness. In fact, one poor soul died, and another 50 were hospitalised. But Marthie Nel, went on record saying there was nothing wrong with the water and it was safe to drink;
- Oh, and we have another Algoa Bus strike because drivers are being mistreated. Then we have one of the biggest banana peels in PE – the IPTS bus transport system, which has just started, but is suspended again due to infighting, taxi intimidation, etc. This project, which cost taxpayers millions three years ago has shown that once again the metro leadership is toothless, and, well, leaderless.
GORDON UPTON, Port Elizabeth