The Eskom debt is hanging like a sword over Emalahleni Local Municipality. But underneath the woman holding the reigns in her hands are pulling out all the stops to keep the municipality afloat.
She has taken away all the luxury expenses officials enjoyed while all was still well in the municipality. All is not well anymore because the municipality now owes Eskom R2-billion.
“We have implemented stringent cost curtailing measures which include, among others, scrapping of unnecessary catering, limited overnight sleeping for officials attending meeting outside Emalahleni and regulated travelling costs,” Executive Mayor Cllr Linah Malatjie said.
Under her watch the tender for the Klipspruit waste water treatment is currently going through the Municipal Supply Chain process and by September a credible contractor would have been appointed.
The tender phase one of the bulk water project has been completed, and will require commissioning which is linked to the implementation of the Glencore water scheme in Phola in Ogies.
The finalisation of the supply phase scheme will result in the water supply being redirected to the new Siyanqoba development. The Glencore scheme is anticipated to be operational soon, inclusive of the bulk pipeline.
The newly developed Siyanqoba Township will soon have lights.
The construction of the bulk supply is currently on track for commissioning and finalisation by September, and the electrification project of households is currently undergoing supply chain processes for the appointment of a contractor.
Potholes are filled by the day thanks to the two jet patching machines donated by the municipality’s social partners.
Executive Mayor Cllr Linah Malatjie.
“We have also increased our workforce which use manual labour to deal with potholes,” said municipal spokesperson Mr Kingdom Mabuza.
The business sector has been good to the municipality.
They have recently received two mobile treatment plants at Witbank Dam, which will improve water security.
A generator was also donated to the water purification plant which will assist especially when there is no power.