Responding to the call, for a more intensified approach towards service delivery in Rustenburg, the City’s first resident hit the streets to make an assessment of the service delivery standards and to have a first-hand account of the challenges experienced daily by residents. The Executive Mayor, accompanied by the Municipal Manager and the Council’s Single Whip in tow, were in Tlhabane to conduct a walk-about and ascertain the impact of service delivery.
Part of the visit to Tlhabane included an ally in Lebone street which has been identified as a crime spot where unsuspecting residents and pedestrians fall victims to criminal elements who are taking advantage of the over grown grass as well as the boundary walls which make it difficult for house owners to monitor activity of passers-by. The Executive Mayor, said the recent rains have not made it easy for the Community Development Directorate to deal with the general cleaning of the City “while we appreciate the inclement weather of the last few weeks has put us on the back foot, the Municipality will ensure that areas which may attract criminal elements are dealt with” said Mayor Khunou.
Cllr Levy Mokwele, said the community had implored on him to bring about a more permanent solution, which will ensure that while the community makes use of the ally, it becomes difficult for criminal elements to operate there. The second part of the inspection focused on the water leaks pipe bursts which have been frequent in the CBD. During this particular inspection, the Member of the Mayoral Committee on Technical and Infrastructure Services MMC Michael
Mhlungu was present. Present also was the manager for water services as well as the new appointed consulting engineers who have been tasked with the responsibility of addressing water leaks, upgrading of pump stations within the water infrastructure network as well as developing a more efficient water demand management plan, which will see Rustenburg reduce water losses.
Reacting to the process, which will address the long standing challenges the Municipal Manager said, the municipality always took the grievances of the community to heart “we are pleased that we are not performing an inspection to see the extent to which the challenges we have affect residents, but we have the relevant expertise with us to appreciate the enormity of the task ahead. In the next couple of months, the consulting engineers and the appointed engineering contractor will be focusing on the water related challenges we have. As a City we felt that water should not be generalized with other service delivery problems, as it has a constitutional bearing. We are hopeful that at the end of the process, which primarily will focus on increasing capacity for water demand management as well as improving efficiencies, our communities will see the difference” remarked the Municipal Manager.
Councillor Aubrey Rootman said, the businesses which are situated along the busy Nelson Mandela Drive and adjacent streets had suffered greatly, due to the water cuts which had to be effected, to allow the municipal water teams to carry out repairs. In recent months, the stretch of bulk line between Steen and Boom streets had burst on numerous occasions due to the pressure built-up and the engineers will commence work soon, which will include a replacement of the AC pipe which is no longer in a good condition, given the number of reported pipe bursts.