Farmers invited to harvest grass for their livestock

Senior managers at Emalahleni Local Municipality have been implored to work as a team and to manage their directorates in a manner that will result in efficient delivery of services this year and beyond.

The Executive Mayor, Cllr Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, commended employees who were on duty during the festive season, attending to water and electricity interruptions.

“Most of our employees were working hard during the festive season, and we are very proud that they gave their best under trying conditions. This year we must improve tremendously because if we cannot deliver services we will be in trouble with our communities.”

Cllr Ntshalintshali who was addressing a special mayoral committee meeting on Monday, January 8 raised her concern about the backlog regarding the removal of refuse.

“Our teams must work harder and clear refuse which if left unattended could pose serious health problems.”

She pointed out that communities which were illegally connected to the electricity network and non-payers were the main cause of the huge Eskom debt.

“People who know that their meters have been bridged must approach the municipality to make arrangements for a proper meter to be installed. It is everyone’s responsibility not to be on the wrong side of the law.”

“People who continue with illegal connections will be found, and when they are found there is going to be serious trouble for them,” she warned.

The municipality owes Eskom R1.6 billion. The current account is R151 million.

Meanwhile, the Environmental and Waste Directorate will issue an invitation to farmers to enter into an agreement with the municipality regarding the harvesting of grass from specific open public space to feed their livestock


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