Merafong’s revenue trickling down the drain

Merafong Municipality is treating scarce and precious water and electricity resources with reckless abandon. In the 2013/14 financial year, it could not account for revenue from at least 5,5 million litres of water, partly from poor billing systems, but also through losses caused by lack of maintenance. Click here to…

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Suikerbosrand reserve in terminal water crisis

The Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve in the south of Gauteng closed its doors to the public on 26 January 2015, due to terminal water supply issues. It is recognised as one of Gauteng’s premier ecotourism destinations. This emerged during the portfolio committee meeting this morning, when the Director of Nature Conservation…

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Gauteng ANC backtracks on e-tolls

The Gauteng ANC has this past weekend backtracked on its position on e-tolls, and betrayed the people of this province. Following its provincial lekgotla of this past weekend, the provincial leadership of the ANC has climbed down from its October 2014 provincial congress resolution that e-tolls must be scrapped, and…

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Ekurhuleni residents dissatisfied with municipality

During a recent interaction with communities of Benoni, the DA was confronted with residents’ outrage over the Ekurhuleni metro’s poor service delivery record. Resident complaints included shocking road conditions, weekly water outages, the terrible state of overgrown sidewalks and the local clinic not being adequately stocked. Several main roads such…

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Paper files still not replaced at South Rand Hospital

Patients at the South Rand hospital in south Johannesburg still wait in long queues despite the promised implementation of electronic files. I discovered this when I visited there yesterday, following my visit in October last year. In her budget speech on 29 July last year, Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu said:…

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