After forming the Mayoral Committee in August and taking over the Kouga Municipality, a number of issues have been driven from within the Council.
We have discovered a dysfunctional institution, as was expected, with very little management and leadership being shown throughout the organisation.
Financially, we discovered that the PE Metro has been underpaid for water in Humansdorp (R 30 million) and Paradise Beach (R 15 million). Hopefully no other towns have been undercharged but this remains to be seen.
Water losses remain a concern and Cllr Brenton Williams did an inspection of water meters around the Kouga this week and discovered a number of meters that are not working or inaccessible to the water meter readers (which means they are simply not being read) and even some meters that have been bypassed by large consumers of water.
The potential undercharging for water will probably run into the millions of rands.
The long term solution possibly lies in outsourcing this function to a company that can install smart meters and all residents will then buy prepaid water and electricity with electronic monitoring.
The Unions have been engaged in an effort to build relationships with labour and a number of issues have been raised regarding suspensions, arbitration awards, problems with the organigram, officials acting in other positions on a semi permanent basis, contract workers and working conditions.
There are major financial implications involved, and a number of arbitration awards that have been granted against the Municipality that have to be paid.
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