In the latest of a series of meetings held concerning the service delivery protests and related affairs in Westonaria Local Municipality, MEC for Gauteng Corporative, Traditional Affairs & Human Settlements, Jacob Mamabolo, flanked by Westonaria Executive Mayor, Nonkoliso Tundzi, today met with representatives of the Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association (GWCRA) in Westonaria.
As a strategic step in the way forward, the forum discussed amongst others, the progress made and the means in place to fortify their on-going working relationship and cooperation with each other on implementing the service delivery project plan that was agreed upon during the preceding meetings.
During the meeting, the association raised several concerns which included amongst others, the allegations around the company outsourced to deal with the sewer problem and the request to add five more members to the formed task team, to get a total number of 10. “In the last meeting, we agreed to meet to form a working relationship. We are not on opposite sides, we have a common goal and should work together to achieve that,” MEC Mamabolo said adding that “we need a commitment to work together. If that cannot happen, it hinders our progress to achieve our common goal”.
MEC Mamabolo requested the forum to formalize their concerns and a deadline of the 21st August was agreed on to submit the formalized document. “Generally, concerns are there. We are committed to deal with them as soon as we can have a clear indication of what those are and have a formal record of them,” the MEC mentioned. MEC Mamabolo highlighted that the first issue that the government wants to deal with is the sewer problem as this is a health hazard and cannot be left unattended. “We are ready to start with the project anytime, but first we must address the allegations around the company outsourced,” MEC Mamabolo mentioned.
The MEC announced that a register will be made where each and every person declare their business interests to pave a way forward. “It is important for the public to know who business people, community leaders are and government employees hence the register will be made public. This will assist in knowing who can be approached because after all these interventions, we will require subcontractors for the completion of on-going projects,” MEC Mamabolo said. “Positive mutual commitment and the clear spirit of co-operation that prevails between the residents of Westonaria, their representatives and the Gauteng Provincial Government, is a solid foundation on which a better, more service orientated future for this community will be built,” the MEC concluded.