TCLM FALLING APART

Refuse has not been collected in Boulders for more than two weeks.

This follows after refuse removal came to a standstill with none being removed by Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (TCLM). This is the umpteenth time residents have been subjected to removal not taking place.

Community members took to social media to express their disgust with the fact that they have to pay private companies to render a service they have already billed for as ratepayers.

In some parts of town, refuse removal has not taken place for more than two weeks. Piles of refuse are left to rot on the sidewalks of streets and black bags are being torn apart by dogs and scavengers.

Toinette Finlay Keel reacted to the newspaper’s Facebook post regarding the lack of service delivery and said that it is not just refuse not being taken away; “Roads are in a pathetic state. Basic needs such as waters not being taken care of. Just look at their history with Eskom; that paints the perfect picture of how inadequate they are.”

Susan Evander said that no one seems to be working at TCLM. “Where is the new municipal manager? What has he done since taking up the office? I think they should feel utterly ashamed of themselves. Yes, get your big salary, yes, drive your fancy car, but for goodness sake do you work!” Most agreed that this is the worst run municipality in the country.

Adele Geldenhuys Calitz said that the only thing they take seriously is lining their pockets. “Electricity – chaos, why do we need more electricity meters monitored by a third party? Water – chaos, the old infrastructure cannot keep up with the new pipes being installed. Pipes keep bursting resulting in no water for days on end. Roads – chaos, our roads were never intended for the loads it now needs to carry. What do they do? A patch here and there. Refuse – chaos, we basically have removal twice a month, as it seems that they only pay the contractor in the middle of each month. Again, why is there a third party contracted to do this job? Welcome to Thaba chaos municipality.”

Puleng Mapheto, communications manager of TCLM said, “We had a challenge with our service provider but we can safely say that the matter has been resolved and now refuse is collected daily. We are working until late to ease the backlog, particularly at Mashishing. The management apologises to our ratepayers for this inconvenience.”

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Narda Vermaak
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