KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) is pleased to report that most municipal services affected by acts of sabotage in Msunduzi local municipality have been restored to near full capacity.
“Cogta teams have been working around the clock to assist the municipality in dealing with unprecedented power outages and deliberate damage to electricity infrastructure. Our engagements with Msunduzi leadership have demonstrated extraordinary commitment on the part of this municipality to end the on-going interruptions to essential services which include electricity and water,” said KZN MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube.
To date the municipality has to provide security to contractors who are being intimidated when they attempt to fix the problems. The interruptions in the supply of electricity have had a knock-on effect on the supply of water as water pumps are operated by electricity.
KZN Cogta has praised the lengths to which Msunduzi has gone to address the underlying causes of the large-scale service interruptions in this municipality. The actions taken by Msunduzi range from criminal charges being laid against the perpetrators to security arrangements to bolster municipal services.
“The Msunduzi leadership is tackling the crisis with iron resolve and the residents of this municipality will soon come to appreciate this as municipal services including electricity and water resume to their pre-crisis levels,” said Dube-Ncube.
The Msunduzi municipality will hold a media briefing tomorrow, Tuesday, 27 June 2016, to outline in detail the measures to restore its municipal services.
For more information contact: KZN Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso, 082 884 2403 or Msawakhe Mayisela on 0609664220.