FUTURE IDP Rep Forum meetings should have a standing item of responses to questions raised in the previous meetings to avoid having to go back to those questions when it was time to engage reports presented, Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) executive mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo said.
She was responding to calls by Ratepayers Association chairman Tokkie Deysel to have the related responses. Deysel asked questions relating to problems in water and sanitation provision as well as handing out of accounts by CHDM to consumers. He said consumers wanted to pay for services but were constantly told the system was down, there was no paper to print accounts or people at the finance directorate were interns and could not respond to questions.
Vimbayo said there was a need to have the standing item as Deysel would keep asking questions from previous meetings. “It will be difficult to go forward. Water and sanitation problems need collective wisdom. We are trying to respond to the issues that have been raised in the previous meetings. This is a thorny issue and we can’t run away from it,” Vimbayo said.
Municipal manager Moppo Mene agreed responses would be a standing item going forward.
Vimbayo said the IDP Rep Forum meeting was a platform that provided an opportunity to provide inputs that will result into a credible integrated development plan (IDP) document. “Consultative forums were conducted throughout the district to encourage participation at local level with the exception of Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality. It is imperative our IDP must address the needs and demands of the people within the district.”
Issues highlighted in Engcobo were electrification, water and sanitation and dipping tanks. Others were bridges, local economic development (LED) projects and fencing of arable lands, RDP houses and water treatment works. In Emalahleni water and sanitation was highlighted along with LED projects, human settlements, special programmes and pupil attainment improvement. Funding of by laws, job creation and internships, tools of trade for war rooms, livestock improvement and livestock improvement infrastructure were among the issues.
In Inxuba Yethemba residents called for a waste disposal site, water and sanitation and street paving, community halls, installation of high mast lights and fencing. Other needs identified were tourism and heritage support, addressing challenges with Eskom, youth enterprise development and job creation. In Intsika Yethu the needs of the people included LED projects, roads and bridges, clinics and mobile clinics, scholar transport, safety and security and human settlements. The development of public amenities was among the highlighted needs along with sport facilities, marketing of agricultural products and help with project management.
Sakhisizwe residents voiced a need for parks, a museum, job creation and small business support. They also wanted an indoor sports centre, development of economic development policies and business plans for aspiring businesspeople, firefighting services and waste storage capacity. Input from Enoch Mgijima would be obtained from the municipality as the local authority failed to convene an IDP consultative meeting last year.