Will Mayor Molapisane Rescue Greater Tzaneen Municipality From Alleged “Brink Of Collapse”?

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By Thabo Monyela

TZANEEN- Greater Tzaneen Municipality is amongst 43 municipalities in the country reported being on the ‘brink of collapse’, by News24’s ‘Out of Order index survey’ released in October 2021.

Other municipalities in Mopani reported to be on the “brink of collapse”, include Greater Letaba, Ba-Phalaborwa, Maruleng

Amid procuring an unqualified audit in the current financial year, the “Out of Order index survey” shows that GTM is in the danger zone of collapse, which suggests that service delivery is likely to get worse.

Basic service delivery such as access to clean water with an abundance of boreholes at every corner, proper shelters, and poor access roads are still an outcry to various far-flung areas of Greater Tzaneen.

The residents expect the new dawn of municipal administration to come up with contingency plans on the deteriorating power supply and address 8 hour-long power outage that is divided between morning and evening.

“Are we only heard when we burn down schools, Clinics and block roads? these load reductions of 05:00 to 09:00 and 17h00 to 21h00, are unrealistic for both learners who are in the middle of exams and workers. We are suffering under this Greater Tzaneen Municipality ” aggrieved residents said.

The Molapisane led-Council is expected to come up with its first 100 days programme, which will mainly focus on stakeholders’ engagement and attend to immediate issues.

In his acceptance speech as a new Mayor of Greater Tzaneen, Molapisane said his led council will not shelve anything for tomorrow.

“Quick fixes such as potholes must be attended to and we cannot apologise to the people every time” the Bolobedu South-born Mayor added.

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