Chief of staff encourages locals to pay for services

The executive mayor, Ms Florah Maboa-Boltman, is calling on the public to work hand in glove with the municipality to deal with all the challenges that we are facing and that we should all have a common vision for this municipality as we pull out all the stops to find workable solutions.

We are encouraging the public to participate in municipal activities and meetings through positive engagement aimed at finding workable and sustainable outcomes.

The executive mayor is appealing to all and sundry to ensure we all pay for the services that the municipality is rendering to the public and in doing so, thus contributing to the revenue collection efforts that the municipality has initiated.

As a matter of fact, the executive mayor has established Operation Koleka Dikoloto (Kodiko), as a vehicle through which all municipal debts should be collected to boost its revenue.

Operation Kodiko is an extensive programme whose goal is to collect revenue for the municipality and should be supported by all for it to succeed.

It is politically marshalled by the executive mayor and all members of the mayoral committee with all members of administration leading their teams to visit businesses and residences.

It should be mentioned that Kodiko has thus far managed to collect more than R1-m from businesses across the length and breadth of the municipality.

We are making a clarion call to each and every resident and business entity of the municipality to heed this call of paying for services rendered by the municipality.

We are therefore calling on all our people to cooperate with the municipality in order for the programme to yield positive results.

The Eskom account is still an elephant in the room which must be tackled head on.

We have subsequently drafted a repayment plan through which payments are done on a consistent basis to bring down the staggering debt.

This leadership has promised that things will be done in a different way in order to turn the situation around and we can not do this alone.

We need the full support of the community.

We are of the view that if all our people, including businesses, can honour their obligation of paying for the services, we will be able to tackle the Eskom account which remains a powder keg for all of us as residents of the Govan Mbeki Municipality.

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure we cross the Rubicon and turn this municipality into a well-oiled machine of quality service delivery.

This leadership is prepared to engage with all stakeholders in order to find solutions for the challenges that the municipality continues to grapple with on a daily basis.

To actualise this willingness to engagement and dialogue, the executive mayor has been meeting with various stakeholders since she took over the reigns of office in order to intensify public participation in the affairs of the municipality through the GMM open-door policy.

It is against this background that we encourage all our people to usee this open-door policy to advance their cause and contribute innovative ideas that will put this municipality to greater heights.

While we acknowledge the fact that our country is a democratic constitutional dispensation where people have all the freedoms as enshrined in the constitution, including the right to march and hand over memoranda, we would like to implore our people to use these channels of engagement intelligently and profitably.

Marches and demonstrations should not be the only language which the public use to communicate with their elected public representatives.

While marches are able to highlight the plight of the public, they are not as effective as bilateral and multilateral engagements wherein issues and complaints are discussed and solutions are found and implemented pronto.

It is our view that these bilaterals and multilaterals should be encouraged simply because they have the potential to yield workable and sustainable solutions for challenges.

Benzi Ka-Soko, Chief of Staff: office of the executive mayor of Govan Mbeki Municipality.

Sifiso Mathebula

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