A DA Councillor in Rustenburg says the town is turning into a sewer dam as drains leak across the streets. This as the Rustenburg Local Municipality fights to be granted a metropolitan city status. The town has over the past months experienced unexplained water and electricity cuts while sewage flows unattended in several parts.
Councillor Luan Snyder says the municipality is using a disputed transport fleet tender that has been brought to a halt by court action, as an excuse for failure to deliver services.
“The most important thing is there are issues with our current municipal fleet and they keep telling us the matter is subjudice because it is in court. That’s why we have issues when it comes to fleet. We have continuously reported all these drains that are blocked and overflowing and follow up on a regular basis to find out if things are getting in line or not,” said Snyder.
“On a daily basis we do a lot of engagements with the directors and MMCs and it became a big fight with directors because we ask why issues of residents are not attended to. Their responses are always too slow and always something like ‘we don’t have man power, we have ran out of overtime and other excuses,” he added.
The municipality, however, denies this and blames lack of services on the influx of people to Rustenburg. Municipal spokesperson, David Magae, says people are flocking into the town in search of economic opportunities, stretching the municipality’s limited resources.
“The municipality has never used any outstanding legal matter as an excuse in order to continuously provide services to residents. The reality of the matter is that Rustenburg is the biggest municipality in the province and as a result the increase in the number of people that are coming to our city, particularly in search of economic opportunities. To a certain extent that affects our ability to match the demand of services we need to provide for the people who come into Rustenburg,” Magae said.