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Lawyer discusses legal strategy with Msukaligwa Business and Community Forum

Mr Peens concluded: “People have been accepting the unacceptable for far too long and unfortunately there are no quick fixes, but what is important is to start”.

Members of the Msukaligwa Business and Community Forum ( MBCF) committee in Ermelo recently held a meeting with Mr Andreas Peens, the legal counsel for the forum.

Mr Peens discussed immediate and long term legal strategy and gave feedback on the matter of the application to stop the Notified Maximum demand (NMD) load shedding that is currently implemented by Eskom and the municipality.

The case will be heard on 12 November.

He also discussed the next steps of action to address other service delivery issues like sewage, water, rubbish removal and other environmental issues in Ermelo.

Ms Janice Conradie, chairman for the Msukaligwa Business and Community Forum committee, said: “The issues of incorrect municipal accounts, accounts not being received by businesses and residents and the system being offline at the municipality for weeks now, were also raised.”

A document will be distributed to the members of MBCF to help them declare a dispute with regards to irregular water and electricity accounts.

“This will stop the municipality from cutting services to businesses and residents until the irregularity has been resolved.”

The current frustration at the licensing office, where apparently only 50 renewal applications are being processed per day, as well as issues with the municipality apparently refusing to install pre-paid electricity meters at business premises were also under discussion.

He explained that by addressing the service delivery issues mentioned, it will provide viable results for all the residents although it can be a lengthy process.

Mr Peens concluded: “People have been accepting the unacceptable for far too long and unfortunately there are no quick fixes, but what is important is to start”.

To support the MBCF donations can be made to Msukaligwa Business and Community Forum:

Standard Bank
Account no: 031064701
Ermelo branch 052844
Reference: your cellphone number

Business owners and residents who would like to become members can do so by completing the membership form at a cost of R25 per household and R100 per business per month.

The membership forms can be found on their Facebook page, Msukaligwa Business & Community Forum or on their website.

“Residents must please remember to fill out the forms from a computer and not on their cellphones.”

Ms Conradie concluded: “We look forward to taking on this journey with you in the hope to make Ermelo one of the best towns in the country.”

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