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Outcomes of the Ministerial Visit to Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, Deputy Minister Mr Obed Bapela, Premier of the Free State – Mrs Sisi Ntombela, MEC of Cogta  – Mr Oupa Khoabane, MEC of Roads and Transport – Mr Sam Mashinini, Member of Parliament – Mr David Mahlobo, visited the municipality of Maluti a Phofung on the 03 April 2019.

The purpose of the Ministerial visit was prompted by the lack of water and communities have made this known through protests.

The visit was also meant to assess progress done in the implementation of the section 139 intervention and engage with various stakeholders such as councillors and political parties in Council, Traditional Leaders, communities and consider additional measures to strengthen and address immediate service delivery challenges, particularly challenges because people do not have water. Other challenges are the water leaks, inconsistent electricity supply, and sewer spillages, roads, etc.

The Municipality of Maluti a Phofung has been experiencing political instability, poor delivery of services, maladministration, high levels of corruption, poor financial management and high levels of debt owed to Eskom and other creditors.

The Provincial Government invoked Section 139 (1) (b) of the Constitution in February 2018 due to municipal failure to perform its Constitutional and Legislative obligations as it relates to their core responsibilities to communities and good governance.

The outcome of the Ministerial visit resulted in decision on critical matters covering the following intervention areas:

  1. Strengthen and reinforcement of the Administrative capacity and capability;

Despite the secondment of an Administrator, Acting Municipal Manager, Human resource specialist, Acting CEO of MAPWATER, limited progress has been registered in stabilization of the administration, in terms putting systems and processes to strengthen performance management, financial management and service delivery.

The following senior management positions are still vacant:

  • Municipal Manager                                 –           since 2 August 2017
  • Director Technical Services                      –           since 1 August 2015
  • Director Public Safety                              –           since 1 April 2017
  • Director Community Services                 –           since  1 April 2017
  • Director LED                                          –           since January 2018

The Minister of COGTA, Minister of Water and Sanitation and the Free State Provincial Leadership have agreed to strengthen the municipal administration and second joint interventions teams covering the critical administration areas. With immediate fact, today the current administrator and acting municipal manager will be replaced and the acting posts will be filled as follows:

ADMINISTRATOR – Blake Mosley – Lefatula

Former MM of Tshwane, Director JHB Metro, former Governance expert in NW municipalities – Ngaka Modiri Molema, Ditsobotla, Mafikeng, etc

ACTING MUNICIPAL MANAGER – Tebogo Mopelwa

Former Municipal Manager of Westonaria Local Municipality and former Administrator of Ditsobotla local municipality.

ACTING DIRECTOR TECHNICAL –  George Joma

Professional Engineer, 15 years experience in municipalities, previously worked at Maluti a Phofung as a PMU Manager, Nketwane as a manager water and Sanitation.

ACTING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER – Lesley Mahuma

Former CFO of Mogale City who brings extensive experience on financial management in local government.

The above team will be supported by experienced and professionals in the following functional areas:

  • Litigation support
  • Community Services
  • Public Safety
  • Local Economic Development.

Furthermore, the municipality will utilise the framework contracts available in MISA and Free State Provincial Government, including service providers that specialize in Auditing, Financial Management, Supply Chain Management systems and processes.  The Minister and the Provincial Leadership have thanked the administrator and the acting municipal manager for the sterling work they have performed under difficult circumstances.

  1. ADDRESSING SERVICE DELIVERY CHALLENGES

The meeting also agreed on a number of interventions that will begin with immediate effect to deal with water, sanitation, electricity and road problems. Below are the interventions agreed to :

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS TO RESTORE WATER SUPPLY

AREA WARD POPULATION PROBLEM STATEMENT SOLUTION DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE TIMEFRAMES IMPLEMENTING AGENCY OR DEPT
  START END  
Thaba Bosiu Ward 19

·    Qoqolosing

·    Jwala Boholo

·    Thaba Bosiu

Households:

Thaba Bosiu – 885

Qoqolosing – 370

Jwala Boholo – 135

 

Population:

Thaba Bosiu – 2935

Qoqolosing – 1406

Jwala Boholo – 474

Experiencing pipeline burst due to aging of water infrastructure Upgrade the line by:

Air valves including pipes 160mm pipes UPVC

 

Funds committed by DWS 08/04/19 12/04/19 Sedibeng Water
Kestell Ward 3

·  Kestell Town

·  Thlolong Township

Household

·  Kestell Town – 362

·  Thlolong Township – 2154

 

Population:

·  Kestell Town – 1109

·  Thlolong Township – 7160

 

Frequent failure of pump sets due to aging of water infrastructure Replacement of pump sets

 

 

 

Funds committed by DWS 08/04/19 12/04/19 Sedibeng Water
Thibella Village Qwaqwa Ward 10,11, 19, 20,27

·  Greater Phuthaditjhaba – 27

·  Monontsha -11

·  Tseki -10

·  Thaba Bosiu – 19

·  Mabolela -28

Ward 10,11,19, 20,27

 

·  Greater Phuthaditjhaba – 54661

·  Monnontsha -5552

·  Tseki -7888

·  Thaba Bosiu – 2935

·  Mabolela -301

Pipe leaking – 900mm diameter, affects all area at least 85% Replacement of the pipeline – couplings and fittings

 

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Funds committed by DWS 8/04/19 12/04/19

 

Sedibeng Water
  Ward Tseki:10 Monontsha:11, Turfontein and Makeneng:16, Thaba Busiu and Qoqolosing:19 and Phuthadiitjhaba:27 ·      Phuthaditjhaba – 54661

·       Monnontsha -5552

·       Tseki -7888

·       Thaba Bosiu – 2935

 

Water balance Installation of bulk meters Funds committed by MIG (CoGTA) 30/04/2019 30 September 2019 MISA, National Cogta, Provincial Cogta
Water Treatment Works
Mmakwane Ward 20, 21, 24, 30,31, 32,35,

·      Lejwaneng 20, 21

·      Qholaqhwe – 24

·      Pereng – 35

·      Lusaka – 30

·      Kgabisi -32

·      Mmakwane – 31

·      Comet – 31

 

 

 

Households

 

1283

 

 

 

 

Mmakwane 5577

Electrical and mechanical equipment failures Replacement and repairs of the electro mechanical – pumps and valves.

 

Refurbishment of pump station

 

Funds committed by DWS

 

 

 

 

Funds committed by COGTA

08/04/19

 

 

 

 

 

 

15/04./19

30/06/19

 

 

 

 

 

 

31/07/19

Sedibeng Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISA

Fika Patso Ward

·    Greater Phuthaditjhaba

·    Monontsha

·    Tseki

·    Thaba Bosiu

·    Mabolela

Households

 

Populations

Electrical and mechanical failures Replacement and repairs of the electro mechanical – pumps and valves

 

 

 

Funds committed by DWS 08/04/19 30/06/19 Sedibeng Water
Sterkfontein ·    Tsiame, Bluegumbosch

·    Kestell

Households

 

Populations

Electrical and mechanical failures Replacement and repairs of the electro mechanical – pumps and valves

 

Funds committed by DWS 08/04/19 30/06/19 Sedibeng Water
Lejwaneng and Matswakeng Villages ·    Ward 20 and 21   Leaking Pumps Refurbishment of pump stations Funds committed by MISA 15/04/2019 31/07/2019 MISA
Wilge Water ·  Harrismith Town

·  Wilgepark

·  Intabazwe Township

Households

 

Population

Electrical and mechanical equipment failures Replacement and repairs of the electro mechanical – pumps and valves

 

Funds committed by DWS 08/04/19 30/06/19 Sedibeng Water