Request from Museum
A request from the Kowie History Museum to the Executive Committee of Ndlambe for the release of portraits of previous mayors and other items of historical importance will be publicised for public comment. The Chief Financial Officer of Ndlambe, Howard Dredge, said that he had previously however received objections by unnamed persons who claimed that the Board of Trustees of the Museum will only hoard the requested items in boxes therefore it would be a waste of time to release it to them. The claims were not substantiated.
Sewing machines bought by Cacadu District Municipality (CDM) and allocated to Women of Alexandria are no longer unutilised by the organisation.
The machine originally purchased to manufacture municipal overalls will now be traced and redeployed or leased to the community.
“After all these machines are state property,” mayor Sipho Tandani said.
Trees cause damage
Trees are damaging substructures of houses in the Mandela area of Alexandria and must be removed. Deputy Director Community Protection Services Fanie Fouche was given two weeks to resolve the issue. It includes having site meetings with other stakeholders to eradicate the dangerous situation which threatens occupiers of the affected properties.
Disaster Management appears to be on track in Ndlambe after CDM allocated R3 million in the current financial year for the establishment of a Disaster Management Centre in Bushmansriver Mouth. The building will cater for fire, traffic and disaster units and the appointment of an architect to redesign the current building was imminent. A disaster co-ordinator was due to take up employment by September 1.
Thornhill pedestrian crossing
The establishment of a pedestrian crossing to alleviate the dangerous situation at Thornhill will be revisited with all stakeholders. “The situation actually falls outside of our abilities,” Tandani said.
Mining of Sand
The municipality received numerous applications for the mining of sand before their intentions to call for interested parties was publicised. To regularise the situation advertisements will be placed in the local media to call for interested parties to submit applications to obtain mining permits therefore legalising the mining of sand.
Cleanliness of Ablutions
Ablution facilities at the Civic Centre should now be sparkling clean. Councillor Ross Purdon reported that the facilities were now cleaned twice a day, at 8am and again at 2pm.
Purdon warned official not to overspend. “You must make sure that the money must come in before it was spent,” he said. He cited expenditure to date on electricity where an amount of R10 million had to be found from other votes due to over-expenditure.
Although still not up to scratch the amount of meters that were read during the last month has improved drastically. “We should strive for a 100% reading of meters and anything below 95% is not good,” Purdon said.
With a negative cash of more than R3 million the importance of implementing a newly adopted debt collection policy has become necessary. This can however not be done until mayoral imbizos have taken place with all wards. Tandani ensure the Executive Committee that all wards will be visited for the imbizos by the end of August 2012. Once the new policy becomes in effect it should impact greatly on the outstanding debt which still hovers around R100 million.
Leases on municipal halls have still not been concluded and will again be revisited. All applicants will be interviewed to establish the public benefits afforded if they are to get the leases. Without substantial public benefits halls will only be leased to applicants at market related prices. “We cannot bankrupt the municipality as we will be criminally responsible if we let the hall at R50 per month and give free electricity and maintenance while the lessee charges huge amounts for functions,” Tandani said