Stop Dreaming Mayor!

The only positive point is that the Mayor actually attended the meeting.

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Kinross Ratepayers Association did not mince their words when they scolded the Mayor, Councillor Flora Maboa-Boltman (Flora) and the GMM administration regarding the state of Kinross and Thistle Grove.
Cllr Dan Nhlapo acted as MC for the meeting. At the start of the meeting it became very clear that the Kinross Ratepayers Association (KRA) is upset with the treatment that they are getting from GMM. Cllr Antony Makhaye greeted the evening meeting with a good morning. Objections immediately followed, scolding him for not respecting the people in attendance. It is not morning but good evening would have been in order.
Flora made an opening speech. “I have spoken to someone and would dearly like to meet him” says Flora, “I am very pleased to be here even if that person and I, in our dreams could not see one another.” She also said that she came because of a letter that Deputy Director Kamesh Rohan has written to her.
Donovan Frederics (Chairperson of the Kinross Ratepayers Association) said that KIRA have been formed during last year to discuss and address the problems of the area. He started off by saying that the meeting have not been communicated to everybody and if they have not heard by chance of the meeting, they would not have attended the meeting. “In regards to the dreams that you were talking about” Said Donovan, “I’m not sure if your office is a dream.” He continued to state that there is solid evidence of communications between KRA and the Mayors office regarding previous meetings as well as postponements. As well as several of the Councillors namely Cllrs Ben Makola, Rose Nkabinde and Irene Masuku but follow up meetings do not happen. It seems that there are no channels of communication.
“To find out at 16H00 that there is a meeting that evening and that the Chairman of KRA does not even know about the meeting is unacceptable” said Donovan.
Donovan continued to reprimand the Mayor on her lack of commitment in dealing with KRA. She does not attend meetings and also does not inform KRA of any cancellations or postponements.
The community of Kinross is not happy. Donovan spoke about the water problems in Kinross. Kinross had no water for days on end and when they do, it is intermittent. The call centre responded to queries by telling the people that there is no water truck available. They also said that the residents should buy Jo-Jo tanks.
“There are people here that started Thistle Grove” said Donovan, “but they now saw it deteriorate to a ghost town.”
Donovan again said “the Mayor lives in a dream, not him.” The point was made that the residents have a right to know what is happening with their money that they are paying. They are paying for services such as refuse removal, sewer reticulation, street lights and closed manholes.
Questions arose regarding the Sasol investment into Thistle Grove park. Cllr Dan Nhlapo wants to look at the snag list first before Sasol hands over. It did not seem that there is a snag list yet.
A few other residents also raised their concerns. They want answers now and not later in the year.
GMM administration responded in their usual manner by speaking about the budget and IDP. They also explained the current problems that GMM are facing.
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“If we have staff members that do not acknowledge community members, said Flora, “we have a problem.”
Flora also explained that she is very busy. She is a field worker that must do what her job requires and go to the people. She went on to explain that she inherited an Eskom debt of about R450m and a budget that had R3m for service delivery.
The Mayor said that they are under immense pressure to pay Rand Water and if they do not pay in time, Rand Water would restrict the flow with a further 20%.
No minutes have been kept of the meeting and that also upset the residents. The only real promise made at the meeting is that there will be improvement.
The meeting continued for over two hours with tempers sometimes rising within the residents. The problems were raised again and again but no clear action plan could be given by GMM.
Bruno Makola says that he has been staying in GMM for 30 years and what they are telling the meeting is Mumbo Jumbo!
The meeting adjourned with residents feeling more frustrated than ever. The only positive point is that the Mayor actually attended the meeting.
Keep reading the bulletin to follow developments in this regard.  “If we have staff members that do not acknowledge community members, said Flora, “we have a problem.”
Flora also explained that she is very busy. She is a field worker that must do what her job requires and go to the people. She went on to explain that she inherited an Eskom debt of about R450m and a budget that had R3m for service delivery.
The Mayor said that they are under immense pressure to pay Rand Water and if they do not pay in time, Rand Water would restrict the flow with a further 20%.
No minutes have been kept of the meeting and that also upset the residents. The only real promise made at the meeting is that there will be improvement.
The meeting continued for over two hours with tempers sometimes rising within the residents. The problems were raised again and again but no clear action plan could be given by GMM.
Bruno Makola says that he has been staying in GMM for 30 years and what they are telling the meeting is Mumbo Jumbo!
The meeting adjourned with residents feeling more frustrated than ever. The only positive point is that the Mayor actually attended the meeting.
Keep reading the bulletin to follow developments in this regard.

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