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Flood damage in Mbombela could have been less

The recent damage caused by flooding in the Mbombela Local Municipality (Nelspruit, White River, Hazyview, Barberton, Kaapschehoop) could possibly have been less if the Municipality had implemented its council decisions dating back to June 2020.

These council decisions included, among other things, the development and planning for the renewal and maintenance of existing roads and upgrading other infrastructure.

According to the aforementioned council decisions, the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport was supposed to outline the planning for the resources needed to implement the plans.

This includes a schedule routine of the scope of the work required for the financial timeline.

It also indicated that a report must be submitted to the council in September 2020 for debate. No plans have been submitted to date.

It amounts to failure on the Department's part to execute the council decision, which could have saved the Municipality millions.

So once again, taxpayers are bearing the brunt because of the Municipality's poor service delivery and planning.

The FF Plus posed questions about the extent of the damage to the Mayor, Sibongile Makushe. According to Makushe, the damage is still being determined.

There are 26 unexecuted council decisions between August 2016 to September 2021, where the specific Department failed to perform its duty towards the municipal council. A total of 496 council decisions remain unexecuted.

The FF Plus will table a motion in the next ordinary council meeting to ensure that the relevant municipal officials face disciplinary charges.

Executing council decisions must also be prioritised.

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