Port Elizabeth - Dutch bailout for Bay's degraded infrastructure

Shibal

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This is pathetic.
ANC incompetence and self enrichment all over again.

Dutch bailout for Bay's degraded infrastructure

FACED with one of its worst infrastructure meltdowns in two decades amid a major funding shortage [BS - more like self enrichment by ANC elite], the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is having to approach The Netherlands for a R600-million handout to avert a potential crisis.
[sorry, they "west" doesn't invest if there's no OIL]

The move comes as the city’s chief financial officer, Kevin Jacoby, admitted there was a R4.2- billion-a-year maintenance and infrastructure backlog for this financial year – and R27-billion over the next 10 years.

The massive amount needed to stem the problem is due to the Bay’s ailing electrical, roads, water and building infrastructure, which has increasingly begun to buckle because of a lack of critical maintenance and insufficient funding to do so in recent years.

Acting infrastructure and engineering executive director Walter Shaidi said the water and sanitation infrastructure challenges were being attended to as his department was applying to the Dutch for funding.

“We are applying for R600-million from the Dutch in February for water and sanitation, but they are most likely going to fund only 35% of that,” he said.

“The funding will help us to manage environmental problems with our water and sanitation.”

The municipality is also counting on the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA) granting it R1.3-billion in “priority funding” in the new year.

Cable theft, which has plunged large parts of the city’s main roads into darkness, is adding to the problem and costing ratepayers millions of rands every year, according to infrastructure and engineering portfolio committee chairman Andile Mfunda.

Mfunda said he was embarrassed by the dark highways and apologised to visitors.[resign you POS]

“Cable theft is a major challenge in the city and it’s costing the metro millions of rands,” he said.[lack of policing]

“The N2 is badly affected, although you will find there is no problem with the bulbs [LOL]. The underground cables are being stolen for copper.

“Replacing the cables is very expensive and although we’ve managed to fix the lights in some areas, we still have budget constraints. Old infrastructure is also a major problem, but it’s something we plan to tackle head-on next year.

“We’re working on a strategy to deal with cable theft and hope the funding from the DBSA comes through early in the year.” [funding wont get the police of their fat behinds]

On Monday night, parts of the city, including Kwazakhele, New Brighton and Central, were without power following technical problems at the substations. [incompetence, lack of skills and maintenance] Much of Uitenhage’s water was rationed recently because the reservoir ran low when pumps gave in.

While the dams in the catchment areas were full, the municipality urged KwaNobuhle residents earlier this month to save water as the reservoir held only “enough to serve the area for about a day”.

Municipal spokesman Ongama Mtimka said at the time the main water supply pipeline was damaged. It followed an earlier warning from city engineers that there was a loss of power at the Loerie water treatment works due to a tower that was damaged by the wind.

There have also been power surges and blackouts in large areas due to faulty cables.

Letters:
I HAVE just read the front page of Wednesday’s Herald and already my blood is boiling!

Regarding the headline, “Dutch bailout for Bay”, recently the municipal officials awarded themselves a 5% bonus/pay increase and when questioned about the amount, it was reported their financial problems were a thing of the past. What rubbish!

These lazy individuals award themselves 5% and then have the audacity to go begging, cap in hand, to the Dutch for a R600-million handout to avert a potential crisis. They all need to be fired immediately, what an embarrassment.

The Dutch must be laughing and more fool them if they fall for the scam.

Mayor wants big salary for running decaying city

IN response to the article, “Mayor’s salaries to top R1m” (December 22), I need to raise and challenge some issues.

The mayor states there is no reason why he should not receive a salary of this magnitude as businessmen in the private sector are being paid these numbers. What he cannot seem to get into his brain is the fact that he is not running his own business, but a business we, the taxpayers, fund.

Port Elizabeth was a city I was once proud of, a city of character. Our city has become a pit of devastation.

Parks, verges, walkways, potholes, dirt and wanton abuse is what we are faced with every day. I wonder if Zanoxolo Wayile’s garden looks like our city does?

The African National Circus leaders want huge salaries which they do not earn but demand. For what?

A person with half a brain would know that before you take any funds out of a business, you need to have money in it. Our metro is in the red to the tune of R4-billion and yet these fools still take/demand increases.

The ANC now want to spend R100-million on its centenary. Who is going to fund this? You and I.

If the ANC spends 1c of our damn-hard-earned money which we give them every month, the taxpayers should stand up and refuse to pay another penny towards rates.

Our metro is bankrupt so the ANC councillors should also feel the pain. We make them so we can break them, not only at the polls but also with our cash.
 

pobox4701

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I Love the way they compare themselves to Businessmen.As if they weren't put there by Their Comrades.
 

The_Unbeliever

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Stop taking loans and do some work instead.

In the long-term a loan will mean more expensive services as the loan will need to be repaid.
 

MickeyD

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And in other news... ANC in-fighting has totally crippled the effective management of the NMB metro.

Faku and his team of crooks have now got a new lease on life with news of this Dutch bailout. Poor old Wayile cannot move an inch (as mayor) while Faku's cronies are still holding all the key metro administrative positions.


It has degenerated to such an extent that the ANC NEC has appointed a high level task team to step in to attempt to reconcile the different factions.
 

DreamKing

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Dutch for funding.... ???????? :confused:

is that a compensation of apartheid? or something else? :wtf:

why not ask "Nelson Mandela"? (Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, right?) or because it is "Port Elizabeth", so Dutch still has the responsibility to take care of?


I am so confusing....... :confused: :confused: :confused:
 

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Did not take long for the ANC to turn us into a nation of street children beggars.
 

bwana

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And in other news... ANC in-fighting has totally crippled the effective management of the NMB metro.

Faku and his team of crooks have now got a new lease on life with news of this Dutch bailout. Poor old Wayile cannot move an inch (as mayor) while Faku's cronies are still holding all the key metro administrative positions.


It has degenerated to such an extent that the ANC NEC has appointed a high level task team to step in to attempt to reconcile the different factions.
Then we have things like the Bay Stars Awards. While it's great that municipal employees who excel get some recognition, the amount that was spent on the evening must have been staggering and it was definitely something the city's coffers could ill afford. :(
 
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"Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin, the Acting Governor of the Cape Colony, named PE after his late wife, Elizabeth"
 

MickeyD

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"Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin, the Acting Governor of the Cape Colony, named PE after his late wife, Elizabeth"
Your remarks are skewed due to an incorrect headline. The funds are being begged for by the "Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality", which consists of Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch. Port Elizabeth does not have a municipality.
 

IceQB

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Was a pity the DA didnt take the Metro. The ANC is busy killing PE and its surrounding areas.
Faku should farkoff!
 

waynegohl

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Plenty, including court cases, appeals to Provincial/National government and a much better showing at the last municipal election polls.

Good at least they are doing something. Now they must tell the Dutch Government that they will be throwing their money away by giving it to these thieves.
 

MickeyD

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Was a pity the DA didnt take the Metro. The ANC is busy killing PE and its surrounding areas.
Faku should farkoff!
Spot on.

Good at least they are doing something. Now they must tell the Dutch Government that they will be throwing their money away by giving it to these thieves.
Trust me, Wayne, they are doing so.

The question is "Why approach another country with a begging bowl in hand and not you OWN government?"
 
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