To see how hard working Ward Councillors go about their jobs, see Ward 9 councillor, Heinrich Muller’s newsletter below.
You may contact Ward 9 using the contact form at the bottom of this report.
1. ILLEGAL DUMPING
Discarding, placing or leaving waste on any land or road other than a disposal site approved by the Municipality is an OFFENCE therefore a fine of up to R2000 may be imposed for illegal dumping.
Please contact the Waste Management Depot closest to you for a list of the approved drop-off centres or to report illegal dumping:
Harrower Road (PE City Area): 041 506 2018
Gail Road (Northern Areas): 041 452 2006
Struanway (Ibhayi): 041 453 0089
Addo Road (Mwell/ Bluewater Bay): 041 506 2521
Cuyler Street (Uitenhage/lDespatch): 041 994 1137
War ROOM on Service Delivery: 0800 20 50 50
Waste CCTV Control Room: 041 506 2833
2. TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
We have received the following feedback from the traffic department with respect to Law Enforement::
Bunny Florence Street, Westering – 15 September 2014 @ 06:30 – 08:30
Disobey stop sign x 78
Talking on Cellphone while driving x 1
Numberplate offence x 1
Westering High School – 17 September 2014
Stopping facing oncoming traffic x 2
No stopping x 5
Stopping within 9m from pedestrian crossing x1
Framesby – 30 October 2014 @ 06:45 – 08:00
Failing to stop at a stop sign x 14
3. NEWS FROM THE DA
DA AND INDEPENDENT GROWTH ACCELARATE ANC’S SLIDE IN NELSON MANDELA BAY METRO
These two wards are very interesting barometers for the forthcoming local government elections in 2016, where the DA has publicly stated that it intends wining this strategic metro municipality.
Uitenhage has been rocked by a number of violent service delivery protests over the past few years. The impact of these protests and the outcomes of yesterday’s by-elections are an ominous portent of things to come for the ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
The DA has grown steadily in Ward 46, which incorporates a large chunk of KwaNobuhle. In the 2011 local government elections the DA got 22.43% of the vote, in the May 2014 national/provincial elections 23.21%, and in the November 2014 by-election 28%.
This indicates that the governing ANC cannot arrest the slide in support that brought them below 50% in the national/provincial election. This despite the frantic campaigning of senior ANC figures such as the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, no less.
The result in Ward 42, where an independent candidate beat the ANC, is an unmistakable sign that the party (ANC) is not bigger than the people. This result highlights the vulnerability of the ANC and this even without the contestation of the “new kid on the ANC’s block”, the EFF.
The low voter turnout in both wards (Ward 42, 46.5% and Ward 46, 35.36%) show that the ANC can no longer turn out their supporters at will.
The face of local government is set to change forever due to the woeful performance of the ANC in this sphere of government for so long. The ANC’s tolerance of chaotic and corrupt governance in the Metro under self-serving and/or inept leadership has finally come home to haunt them.
This result will surely be reverberating in the ears of the ANC national spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, and the ANC provincial secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, who both pronounced an emphatic ANC-victory.
This result shows that the ANC will not govern until “Christ returns”, rather that democracy and the wishes of the people is here to stay in a constitutionally democratic South Africa.
DA NELSON MANDELA BAY CAUCUS REJECTS UNDEMOCRATIC BEHAVIOUR OF COUNCIL SPEAKER
The Democratic Alliance NMB caucus walked out of council in protest earlier today, following a spectacular failure on the part of the Speaker, Cllr Maria Hermans, to administer council Rules of Order in an impartial manner.
The blatant ANC bias on display in a dismal performance reminiscent of recent similar behaviour towards opposition parties in parliament, can only be described as vintage Baleka Mbete.
The Speaker not only failed to apply the rules of order as legislatively required to do but failed to do so whilst allowing an ANC member to eviscerate the character and integrity of one of our councillors in their absence.
The Democratic Alliance has noted with deep concern the significant increase in such instances of poor judgement and the lack of impartial application of council rules of order by the Speaker.
Until recently, the speaker has always enjoyed the confidence and support of the DA caucus. Sadly a watershed moment has been reached where we feel that we have no alternative but to to consider bring a motion to council calling for a vote of no confidence in the Speaker.
In addition, the DA have requested the audio tapes of the meeting to assess the viability of bringing defamation charges against the ANC member who raised scurrilous and disgraceful allegations against one of our members in their absence.
It would of course be easy to view this incident in isolation but it is quite clear that this is the beginning of a bitter battle of attrition that will be waged with increasing intensity in the run-up to the 2016 local government elections.
The ANC have realised now that after their dismal showing in the May 2014 general elections, where their support slipped to just under 49% of the vote for the first time.
It is clear that the gloves are off and that the ANC will increasingly adopt any strategy in a desperate attempt to cling to power in the face of a growing opposition.
We accept this challenge willingly. We will not be deterred by such undemocratic behaviour, which serves to strengthen our resolve in bringing better services, jobs and economic growth to a city that has been systematically run into the ground in recent history.
The people of this metro deserve better, a DA run metro will be a better place to live.
4. LOCAL MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2016
The local Municipal Elections is taking place in 2016. It is of the utmost importance that residents vote at Voting Stations where they are registered as they will be voting for their ward representative.
To ensure that you are on the IEC’s voters roll you can:
SMS your ID number to 32810 OR
Check on their website: www.elections.org.za
Our office is doing intensive telecanvassing to ensure that all our residents are registered for this very important election.
5. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
Customer Care Helpline: 041 506 5555
Disconnections/Reconnections: 041 506 1700
After hours helpline (17:00 – 20:00): Electricity – 041 374 4434
Water Works: 041 506 3000
Emergency: 0800 20 5050
Burst Pipes: 0800 20 5050 Remember your reference number
Sewerage (Block drains): 041 506 2418
Emergency: 0800 20 5050
Roads and Storm water: 041 506 2428
Emergency: 0800 20 5050
Disaster Management/Fire: 041 585 1555
Walmer Customer Care Office
6. KRAGGA KAMMA TRANSFER SITE
Please note that the construction work at the Transfer Site is almost complete, if all goes according to plan the site will be open to the public early 2015.
7. GRASS CUTTING (SUNRIDGE PARK, FERNGLEN FRAMESBY)
According to the Metro there is a delay in grass cutting in the above mentioned areas. We have received confirmation from them that they will start early next week.
I would like to thank each and every resident of Ward 9 for all their help, support and advice throughout this year and the laughter and joy you bring to my office.
I also want to thank the residents who give feedback when their complaints/queries have indeed been settled so that I can close my files. The Metro does not always inform my office when a problem has been rectified.
To all my residents of Ward 9, may this Christmas and the present year end on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year.
Travel safely and take care during this festive season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Ward 9 Greetings
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