Ugu promises to shape up regarding water leaks and aging infrastructure

Professor Olliver Ransome (left) of the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast Ratepayers' and Residents' Association meets Ugu mayor, Mondli Chiliza at a stakeholders' meeting held last Friday at Desroches Hotel in Margate.

CONCERNS over water leaks which were not fixed in time and Ugu’s dysfunctional call centre were raised by ratepayers’ associations during a stakeholders meeting held with Ugu mayor, Councillor Mondli Chiliza, at Desroches Hotel in Margate last Friday.

Cllr Chiliza and his management team met with various stakeholders to discuss the municipality’s plans, worth millions, to upgrade its water and sanitation infrastructure.

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According to the mayor, the reason behind the meeting was to build a relationship with all stakeholders concerned.

He said the next financial year’s plans included the 600mm pipeline extension from the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre to Margate. He admitted, however, that lack of funding meant they were unable to wrap up projects as quickly as they wished.

“This extension will be completed before December, to accommodate the influx of visitors,” Cllr Chiliza said.

The pipe extension will ensure a constant supply of water to KwaNositha, Margate Ext 3 and Ramsgate.

There would also be a pipe replacement in Port Edward amounting to R10-million. A supplementary pipeline would be installed from Nzimakwe to Banners Rest.

“The replacement of aged pipelines in Port Edward would reduce water losses and burst pipes.”

Although not many stakeholders attended the meeting, Cllr Chiliza said he hoped the next meeting would yield better results.

Speaking at the meeting, Brian Thompson of the Southbroom Ratepayers’ Association said for five years Ugu had failed to respond to a request to replace pipelines in the Mpenjati area. He was also seeking answers as to when problems would be attended to.

However, he said he was pleased to hear Port Edward pipelines were getting a major boost as residents in the area were severely affected by the water supply issues.

In response, the acting water services general manager said some of the concerns raised by the ratepayers were already being addressed.

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However, funding was limited and not all concerns raised would be attended to immediately.

“Our main focus is now on Port Edward. As soon as that is complete we will move on to the next project.”

Municipal manager, DD Naidoo, said Ugu was pleased with the fact that South Coast communities were willing to assist them in making the municipality better for all. He reassured ratepayers that by the December holiday season, things would be running smoothly.

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