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ACDP’s Lance Grootboom accuses Bobani and ANC of taking credit for his work

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 21, 2018
ACDP’s Lance Grootboom accuses Bobani and ANC of taking credit for his work

Former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality MMC for Health, Lance Grootboom, says the African National Congress (ANC), which now dominates the current administration led by the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM), Mongameli Bobani, is taking credit for African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) projects.

This is after the South African Local Governing Authority (SALGA) awarded the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for the recent food safety blitzes, which sought to ensure that food outlets operating in the Nelson Mandela Bay were adhering to the laws that govern how food for public consumption should be prepared and distributed.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was competing with other municipalities across the country for top honours in this area – and came out on top.

SALGA partnered with the Swiss Embasy and the South African Institute of Environmental Health to host the National Environmental Health Conference in Cape Town where the winners were announced.

"As part of the conference, best performance in the Environmental Health Profession (EHP) was recognized," the Metro said on its Facebook page.

"The categories included outstanding EHP award, best performing student, outstanding research project, best municipal project, outstanding contributions to the profession amongst others."

According to the Municipality, political leadership was identified as one of the key ingredients to the success of municipal service delivery projects.

Lance Grootboom accuses Bobani and ANC of taking credit for his work

Astonished by the post, Grootboom wrote on the ACDP Facebook page; "The ruling coalition and the ANC MMC is taking credit for work that has been done by the ACDP former MMC Public Health Lance Grootboom."

He further clarified that he was the one, who actually launched the project in June.

"It is the first food safety blitz operation started in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and in our country,” Grootboom claimed.

"The food safety blitz operation came top for innovation, impact and service delivery.

"The food safety blitz is proof that ACDP projects and policies can change our city and country."

Grootboom still thanked the Metro’s Director of Environmental Health, Dr Nodwele, and his environmental health team for “their professionalism, dedication and hard work in making this project a success”.

‘Not my place to comment on Lance Grootboom’s accusations’

MMC Yolisa Pali, who replaced Grootboom as the political head of the Public Health Portfolio said she cannot respond to her predecessor’s allegations and referred questions to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki.

Mniki confirmed that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Environmental Health Food Safety Programme won an award at the event that was held over the weekend.

"The awards ceremony was hosted by the SALGA, Swiss Embassy and the South African Institute of Environmental Health in Cape Town,” he said.

"The Award was for the sterling work that they have done in running a Food Safety Programme across the City."

Mniki said that Cllr Pali commended the work done by officials.

"All the credit goes to Environmental Health management and the team of practitioners, who have worked with passion and commitment in executing their duty all in the name of serving the people and keeping our people safe,” he said.

“This is all your credit and you must lift your heads up high. I hope you inspire other municipal employees to know that, no matter how difficult the conditions might be, the undying commitment to serve is a noble cause and Godly exercise, you will truly be blessed.”

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