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“Dissolve ELM” : Local business

Lack of service delivery, financial woes and the sewage pollution of the Vaal River have made the Emfuleni Ratepayers Association and the Vereeniging Business Co-operation to call on national government to dissolve the current Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) Council.

SEDIBENG.-  There is a public outcry demanding action from national and provincial government to intervene in the ELM following a statement made by Gauteng Premier David Makhura during his recent engagement with businesspeople in the area that his administration plans to rescind Gauteng’s partial administration of ELM.

Both the Emfuleni Ratepayers Association (ERPA) and the Vereeniging Business Co-operation have formally requested President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Nkosazana Zuma, the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura and MEC COGTA, Lebogang Maile to take urgent action as the ELM has: “Achieved notoriety for its lack of service, delivery and financial woe. It has a creditors’ book of over R6 billion, and numerous court orders awarded against it.”

The two organizations, however, have also written to national and provincial governments to urgently take further steps to support ELM until it is able to perform its responsibilities as a municipality. Kevin Jackson, Chairperson of the Vereeniging Business Co-operation said in a letter to national and provincial government:

“Over the years of engagement with ELM we have been presented with numerous plans, strategies, and interventions with no improvement in service delivery. We therefore hold provincial and national governments responsible for the restoration of financial viability and delivery of services (in Emfuleni).”

ELM was placed under Provincial Administration four years ago.

“We do not have the luxury of time and further delays or friendly engagement. Our municipality is broken and in severe distress. The district and infrastructure are crumbling. Emfuleni as a region and municipality will never be able to recover without the intervention of the national government now”, said Kobus van Rensburg, Chairperson of the ERPA. As citizens we have tried and exhausted every other local way.
“The municipality is in financial distress while ratepayers continue to suffer while paying their rates and taxes for services that are never delivered”, he concluded.

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