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King Williams Town service delivery projects monitored

May 11, 2017
King Williams Town service delivery projects monitored

As part of the City’s mandate to check the process of all service delivery project happening in the Metro, a delegation of at least 15 City officials and Councillors to monitor projects in the King William’s Town area. 

The projects that were visited include the construction of sidewalks in Dimbaza, re-gravelling of internal roads in Cwengcwe Village, Joubert Street Mini-Substation replacement in KWT and the replacement of School Street Mini-Substation.

The site visits took place on Thursday 4 May.

Speaking about the purpose of the site visit Portfolio Head for Infrastructure Services Ncedo Kumbaca said that, the visits are set to monitor the progress of the projects and to make sure that everything is going according to plan. “It is the municipality’s responsibility to ensure that money spent on upgrading our facilities and infrastructure in the metro is used appropriately.”

The first visit was the sidewalk construction in Dimbaza. Currently, the excavation has been completed and the team is busy with levelling and concrete pouring. This project is set to be completed by the end of May.

The village of Cwengwe which was previously under the Amathole Municipality was the second area to be visited. There is a project of re-gravelling of roads.

“Cwengwe is one of the areas inherited from Amathole District Municipality. The area doesn’t have access to running water, sanitation and proper road networks. We need to lay the ground work in terms of infrastructure in order to bring much needed services to the people of this area,” he said.

35 locals from the Cwengwe Village were employed for this project, which has a budget of over R990 000.

Following that, the team headed to King William’s Town to assess the progress on the Bulk Electricity Infrastructure Upgrades.

According to Kumbaca, two mini-substations have been replaced both in Joubert Street and in School Street. “These mini-substations were over 30 years old, resulting in constant power outages in these areas.”

Earlier in the year, there was a fatal accident, where a school boy in the Westbank area where a young learner was electrified while playing near an open electricity box.

During the site visits, the delegation met with community members who had raised concerns regarding the condition of boundary boxes, commonly known as “danger boxes” around the King William’s Town area.

The boundary boxes were found to be old and in poor condition which prompted that they be urgently replaced.

Kumbaca added that the constant influx of people from rural areas to the urban areas has put great pressure on the Metro’s infrastructure and the efficiency in which services are provided.  “We are constantly racing to meet the needs of our people in the best way possible.”

Site visits are to continue in the East London area as the Metro continues to improve its infrastructure bringing service delivery to the people.