Waar het al die tendergeld heengegaan? Die stadsraad is veronderstel om oudits te doen op ‘n jaarlikse basis. Ironies, verdwyn die geld in ‘n korrupsiebundel in en word nooit nagespoor of teruggekry nie. Indien malema hierby betrokke was, is dit mos ‘n gulde geleentheid vir politici om te wys wat in hulle steek, maar dit kom voor of hulle mekaar op hoë vlak beskerm. Waar is die Provinsiale ministers, die Ministers van Finansies en Plaaslike Owerhede, in die tydperk wat nooit nagegaan het wat met korrupsiegeld of tenders gebeur nie. Dis 18 jaar later as die probleem sedert 2000 ontstaan het. Weet die raadslede, burgemeesters en amptenare ooit wat hulle doen? Foto’s wat hier gewys word is redelik onlangs, so van 2017 af.
It seems as though the construction plan was set for three years as it is still not fixed, much to the frustration of the residents. That’s how a resident and former ward committee member described it after a huge part of Uitzig Street later collapsed.Claims of poor construction work and judgment have been made after residents were greeted with the collapse of a large piece of the road. Residents in Modjadjiskloof are frustrated with the lack of improvement on the road Uitzicht Street.
In 2017 the HERALD reported that Democratic Alliance proportional councillor Fredrick Pohl had initially informed the Letaba Municipality of the “sinkhole” on Uitzig Street in Modjadjiskloof but it apparently fell on deaf ears. Pohl then went and cordoned off the road himself. “These water and sewer pipes are Malema’s pipes,” the HERALD was told.
A former ward committee member who also once served on the infrastructure committee in 2011 said Uitzig Street was part of a construction tender awarded to SGL engineers in 2011, of which Julius Malema was one of the co-owners. The tender amounted to several millions.
Claims of poor construction work and judgment have been made in 2017 after residents were greeted with the collapse of a large piece of the road. “Three construction companies were contracted at the time. The tenders followed the correct prescriptions. But the contractor made other decisions,” said the committee member.
A former ward committee member who also once served on the infrastructure committee in 2011 said Uitzicht Street was part of a construction tender awarded to SGL engineers in 2011, of which Julius Malema was one of the co-owners. The tender amounted to several millions.
“Our roads and water teams are currently working on the problem and trying to find a speedy solution. We advise all inhabitants to avoid the road in question. Also be on the lookout for children on the road with their bikes. The road is not at all suitable for cars or pedestrians. Patience is requested during construction,” according to media spokesperson for the Greater Letaba Municipality (GLM), Lovers Maenetje’s statement in 2017.
The GLM couldn’t give a clear explanation on what the municipality would do, or how long it would take before they started construction.
It seems as though the construction plan was set for three years as it is still not fixed, much to the frustration of the residents.
“This road is an urgent matter, as it’s not only a danger for motorists, but the pipes that haven’t been fixed also deter the four house around it from receiving sufficient water pressure,” Pohl explained to the HERALD on Monday.
“Due to our tight budget, we could only do the designs of the road Uitzicht Street. With the budget adjustment taking place, we are working on considering to budget further for the road. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this delay in the road but we stay committed to making sure that the road is in a good state to be temporarily used for the convenience of the residence.
“They cut power and telephone wires. The contractors and the municipality decided to breach holes in the middle of the tarred streets to lay the new sewer pipes,” he said.
He claims he told the contractors from the outset that the compaction of the soil was done incorrectly.
“Only the upper part was left over at that time. It was a project worth almost R8 million,” he said.
Another resident who lives in front of the section said he also tried to explain to them that the compaction was not done correctly.
“I have a degree in engineering, I reiterated,” he says.
The fact that it is a sewer pipe that leaked and burst was ruled out as the cause. The residents determined this themselves after taking samples of the water and tasting and smelling it.
“This is drinking water. It must be a water pipe which started to leak over time, or an illegal water pipe connection. The soil became muddy over time, and the compaction gave up. A weak foundation and a water leak is what happened here. Nobody will probably accept responsibility for this,” said the resident.
Some of the residents also allege they have not had water for about two years between 9pm and 5am. Water supply is apparently cut off to provide water to Ga-Kgapane.
However, Ga-Kgapane residents have adamantly denied this, insisting they only receive water supply once a week, on Saturdays.
“If they turn the water back for our part, the road will be completely broken.”
According to Uitzig street residents, it will cost in the vicinity of R3 million to fix the damage.
“They’ll have to dig deeper, and an engineer will be needed.”
Two officials of the Letaba Municipality who arrived at the scene told Letaba Herald to speak to the municipal spokesperson.
“You can only write it’s a water pipe leak,” said one of the ward committee members.
“Our roads and water teams are currently working on the problem and trying to find a speedy solution. We advise all inhabitants to avoid the road in question. Also be on the lookout for children on the road with their bikes. The road is not at all suitable for cars or pedestrians. Patience is requested during construction,” according to Maenetje’s statement.
They couldn’t give a clear explanation on what the municipality would do, or how long it would take before they started construction.
The residents of Modjadjiskloof have already requested that the freshwater leak be looked into. They insist that the municipality inform them as to when exactly they plan to do so, how long it will take and have undertook to monitor the situation.
Lovers Maenetja, media spokesperson for the Letaba Municipality, said they had visited the site and determined that there was a pipe burst under the tarred road.