by Ina Cilliers MPL – DA Constituency Head: Merafong
Merafong Municipality owes the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport a whopping R14 million for services rendered by the Department in line with the Service Level Agreement between the two parties.
The municipality has no plan to pay back this money.
The ANC-led municipality limps by each month as it fails to pay service providers such as Eskom and Rand Water.
Added to the failings of the ANC leadership in the municipality is the fact that the both the Fochville and Carletonville Vehicle Testing Centres are closed.
The Fochville Testing Centre has been closed for several years and the Carletonville Centre shut its doors in June of last year due to the absence of mandatory testing equipment not in place.
This is an opportunity lost as these centres would be able to generate much need revenue for the municipality whilst enhancing service delivery to residents.
The municipality has failed as custodians of these centres to ensure that they are fully operational.
Merafong is still issuing licenses, yet it is a matter of time before they are unable to do so without the assistance of the Department.
Due to the legal requirements proof of residence is required when renewing a license. With these centres closed, residents will fall foul of the law through no fault of their own.
I will question the new Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance, Uhuru Moiloa, as to what steps his department will take to ensure that local municipalities like Merafong, which are failing to show stable financial management, will be assisted by means of a recovery plan.
The DA is committed to stable and functional governance as is the case in the municipalities which we govern and will continue to fight ANC mediocrity so that the residents of Merafong are served in the spirit of good governance.