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George Municipality on damage caused by protests last week

Jun 28, 2018
George Municipality on damage caused by protests last week

The George Municipality on Thursday said that it has noted extensive damage to municipal infrastructure following the protests that occurred last week. 

"The Civil Engineering department is assessing damage to roads as well as the two intersections at Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Main Street," said George Municipality Spokesperson, Chantel Edwards-Klose.

"The electrical infrastructure such as traffic lights, at the intersection at Nelson Mandela Boulevard and Thomas Street has minor damages. 

"There is currently no funding on the budget to rectify these damages apart from following the insurance route. Quotations have been called to determine the cost of the damages in order for the municipality to source funding for replacement."

Edwards-Klose said that the Community Services department has already commenced with routine service delivery duties which inter alia include the removal of refuse at residential areas and businesses.

"Dumping sites and where the community dumped refuse as part of their protest actions are being cleared continuously.

"The George Municipality in conjunction with the Department of Human Settlements is in the process of profiling and surveying all of the beneficiaries residing in Mandela Village Informal Settlements as well as all the other settlements which have  emerged as a result of illegal invasions (6 newly established informal settlements)," she described. 

"The reason for the survey is to determine how many beneficiaries are residing in the different settlements in order for the municipality to determine and plan the level of basic services i.e water and sanitation to be implemented in these settlements.

"There are currently no basic services in the following informal settlements:, France, Mandela Village, Dameni, Dube, Telkom and Steybi-Teybi informal settlements. The municipality provided basic services at all its other informal settlements in Thembalethu in accordance with the ratios set by National Government or better."

Edwards-Klose said that the UISP programme currently aims at providing services at a ratio of 1:1 in four phases to approximately 4350 beneficiaries.

"A sum of R1 million rand had already been made available for the electrification of newly established informal areas.   Equipment to the value of R 612 535 have been installed and the contractor is still on site and continuing with the electrification processes," she added.

"A layout plan is in the process of being developed which will include access roads for emergency services and water and sanitation points within the settlement. 

"The number of water and sanitation facilities to be provided is dependent on the capacity of the existing infrastructure (sewer, water and capacity of the Outeniqua Waste Water Treatment Works).  The Municipality is in engagement with the committees regarding the provision and roll-out of basic services in these settlements."