IN my opinion, the editorial comment on October 17 ("Water-saving tips not enough for Bay"), is the best editorial comment in The Herald for a very long time. I fully agree with it as my colleagues and I in the DA have raised many of these issues on an ongoing basis.
I believe it is immoral of the municipality to expect residents to make further sacrifices, while the ongoing mismanagement continues. The amount of water lost as a result of the lack of resources to repair water leaks timeously is a case in point.
I am very grateful that your comment highlights the following major issues, which I fully endorse:
ıCouncil needs to run a tighter ship, by prioritising ratepayers' money for critical issues such as infrastructure maintenance and the completion of the Nooitgedacht Scheme;
ıInstead of spending R8.4-million on Afcon, which brought absolutely no economic benefit to the metro, we should rather have spent it on economic infrastructure;
ıNational Treasury is not prepared to allocate more funds to the metro until good management is evident;
ıVacant positions must be filled by competent people.
As it is very clear that we are not going to appoint a competent municipal manager before year-end, we will remain in this dysfunctional state for some months to come. Furthermore, it is clear that the MEC is not prepared to act, by placing this municipality under administration.
There is only one lasting solution and that is for the residents of this metro to ensure that the governing party is removed at the ballot box and replaced by one which has a good track record of service delivery.
Leon de Villiers, leader of the official opposition and DA caucus leader, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality