14 May Roads essential to service delivery May 14, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 The Buffalo City Metro is intensifying its service delivery programs as it winds down the financial year towards the State of the Metro Address. On Tuesday 15 May, The Executive Mayor Councillor Xola Pakati will be launch the upgrading of Mdantsane Roads Cluster 3 project in ward 21 at the NU15 Community Hall. Newly elected MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane will deliver the keynote address. The project for the upgrading of roads to surfaced standards is valued at over R127 million rand. Part of the scope of work prescribes that 30 percent of the project will be implemented by Small Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMME’s). The upgrading of internal roads is part of the Metro’s intensive campaign to fix roads in Mdantsane and this particular program is aimed at rectifying road challenges which led to the original contract being terminated due to poor performance. Related Road works essential to service delivery. The project for the upgrading of roads to surfaced standards is valued at R98 million rand. Addressing the community members in attendance Pakati said, “In our Metro, we have an issue of township roads, people were moved here without road infrastructure and we now have to work backwards to remedy the situation. Fixing the roads remains a key priority across the municipality.” The upgrading of internal roads is part of the Metro’s intensive campaign to fix roads in Mdantsane and this particular program is aimed at rectifying road challenges which led to the original contract being terminated due to poor performance. The contract was originally awarded in June of 2016 to Nyoni Projects but due to several challenges such as poor production rates, cash flow issues and grievances from the community for slow progress, the contract was terminated. This led to the appointment of Down Touch Investment to take over the remaining scope of works. Part of the scope of work prescribes that 30 percent of the project amounting to over R30 million will be implemented by Small Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMME’s). In light of this, the municipality has appointed 10 SMME’s from Mdantsane to work with the new contractor. Speaking to this Pakati said, “The small business owners of Mdantsane have called us here before to express their concerns over not been afforded the opportunity to participate and benefit from projects in the area. We have fixed that today.” The work to be carried out by the contractor comprises of the construction of 14.4 kilometers of streets and pavement, the construction of storm water drainage system and the correction of defects. Portfolio Head for Infrastructure Services Ncedo Kumbaca in the Metro took the opportunity to address the delay with the project. “We would like to thank the people of Mdantsane who have been patient during the project delay and those that have been affected by the damaged roads.” said Kumbaca. Road works central to service delivery At the top of the Metro’s priorities for the villages is for the thousands of villagers to have decent roads and infrastructure. Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said an additional 261km had been assessed from the 28 villages and 20 kilometres already been attended to in April and May. In the new financial year, the Metro is set to continue with the implementation of the roads master plan “to assist with planning for future roads programmes, projects and also with finalisation of the procurement process for the pavement management system”. The Metro prides itself with the R70.7 million Phase 2 of the Quenera-Beacon Bay link road, which is already under construction. Phase 3 of the Mdantsane roads, which is valued at R372-million, and the R128 million Fleet Street projects will also continue. “During March 2017, council approved a memorandum of agreement between the City and the Eastern Cape department of roads and public works in order to address provincial roads within BCM. “The department is exploring alternative resurfacing technology for gravel roads that will yield more stable gravel surface and longer lifespan,” said Pakati during his State of the Metro Address in June. The Metro is also working with South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to rehabilitate the N2 route between Buffalo River and Breidbach intersection and the N2 route between Alexander Road and Bhisho. “The N2 from Breidbach to the entrance into King William’s Town is currently being overlaid, with a new traffic circle having been constructed at the intersection of the N2 and Hargreaves Road. The section of Alexander Road from the outskirts of King William’s Town to the intersection of Grey Street is currently in progress,” said Pakati. “The section of the N2 route from Grey Street to Cathcart street on Buffalo Road is currently being rehabilitated. “It was the decision of Sanral to extend the rehabilitation of Buffalo Road, which is a provincial road as far as Everitt Close on the outskirts of King William’s Town.” As part of the infrastructure programme, BCM has created 22 000 temporary jobs as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) by the end of May, with a salary bill of over R8.5 million. Thousands of young people have been employed in major projects including: ● The upgrading of the Mdantsane gravel roads to surfaced standards cluster 2 where 827 jobs were created; ● 798 jobs were created from the upgrading of Mdantsane gravel roads surfaced standards cluster 3; ● The rehabilitation of Fleet Street created 962 jobs; ● 345 people benefited from the construction of concrete roads east of Gullsway; ● The electrification of Mdantsane Buffer strip saw 339 jobs created and; ● The King William’s Town public transport facilities upgrade has created 316 jobs. Service delivery projects monitored The projects that were visited include the construction of sidewalks in Dimbaza, re-gravelling of internal roads in Cwengcwe Village, Joubert Street Mini-Substation replacement in KWT and the replacement of School Street Mini-Substation. The site visits took place on Thursday 4 May. Speaking about the purpose of the site visit Portfolio Head for Infrastructure Services Ncedo Kumbaca said that, the visits are set to monitor the progress of the projects and to make sure that everything is going according to plan. “It is the municipality’s responsibility to ensure that money spent on upgrading our facilities and infrastructure in the metro is used appropriately.” The first visit was the sidewalk construction in Dimbaza. Currently, the excavation has been completed and the team is busy with levelling and concrete pouring. This project is set to be completed by the end of May. The village of Cwengwe which was previously under the Amathole Municipality was the second area to be visited. There is a project of re-gravelling of roads. “Cwengwe is one of the areas inherited from Amathole District Municipality. The area doesn’t have access to running water, sanitation and proper road networks. We need to lay the ground work in terms of infrastructure in order to bring much needed services to the people of this area,” he said. 35 locals from the Cwengwe Village were employed for this project, which has a budget of over R990 000. Following that, the team headed to King William’s Town to assess the progress on the Bulk Electricity Infrastructure Upgrades. According to Kumbaca, two mini-substations have been replaced both in Joubert Street and in School Street. “These mini-substations were over 30 years old, resulting in constant power outages in these areas.” Earlier in the year, there was a fatal accident, where a school boy in the Westbank area where a young learner was electrified while playing near an open electricity box. During the site visits, the delegation met with community members who had raised concerns regarding the condition of boundary boxes, commonly known as “danger boxes” around the King William’s Town area. The boundary boxes were found to be old and in poor condition which prompted that they be urgently replaced. Kumbaca added that the constant influx of people from rural areas to the urban areas has put great pressure on the Metro’s infrastructure and the efficiency in which services are provided. “We are constantly racing to meet the needs of our people in the best way possible.” Site visits are to continue in the East London area as the Metro continues to improve its infrastructure bringing service delivery to the people. IDP Budget Roadshows running smoothly The Metro in its quest to go back to basics has successfully held six roadshows at Wards 25 Phakamisa,34 Moses Twebe, 35 Quzini ,38 Gwaba ,40 Dubu and 49 Ndevana to meet with the people and consult on its service delivery performance and plans. The road shows are a key part of the planning for the Metro where community members are afforded an opportunity to raise key service delivery issues including priority areas and get an update on Municipal plans. The hearings have seen a huge turnout of residence commending the work that has been done, while also raising requests on areas of improvement. Some of the key issued raised by community members from the respective Wards that have sat include: · A request for a high mast to increase visibility and reduce crime in the Metro; · Improvements of infrastructure - roads which includes construction of tar roads, filling of portholes and an upgrade of the West Drive bridge; · Electrification of informal settlements, building of houses, easy access to water and creation of employment opportunities and · Bush clearing, fencing of cemeteries, Club View Nature Reserve and Victoria Ground, shut down of taverns in town, building of community halls and basic services for the new area along R63. The hearings are held at each of the 50 Wards with a delegation from the Metro led by Troika, Portfolio Heads, Ward Councillors with substantial support from administration officials. The following leg of the hearings will be held today, 24 April at Ward 41 Nolizwe, 43 Skenjana Roji and 44 Tshatshu. Monday 30 April – Ward 5 at Scenery Park Community Hall, Ward 10 at Alphandale High School and Ward 13 at Reeston. Roads rehabilitation in BCMM Residents of Mdantsane are in for their share of development as the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality is announcing the commencing of a R117 million roads project starting next week. Locals are advised that as from 03 October 2017 until the end of November 2017, the City will be rolling the improvement of Qumza Highway which involves rehabilitation and widening of Qumza Highway on both sides to a dual carriageway. The road is currently 6.8 meters wide and will be upgraded to 16 meters wide with a barrier median. The Qumza multi phased highway project, which started in October 2015 will see its phase 7 consisting of a construction of the section of the road between NU6 Mall main entrance to the Sasol Garage near Fort Jackson. Motorists are advised to make use of alternative routes where possible and to exercise caution when travelling the work areas. (see map attached) The project is estimated to create 50 employment opportunities to local community and local SMME’s will be used on the construction components. Projects of this nature also have economic spin offs as businesses are attracted by a smooth road infrastructure network. Due to the narrow road, Qumza Highway has seen a high volume of head-on collisions and vehicle-pedestrian conflict. The section of road is being upgraded to alleviate traffic congestion and improve safety for road users. Other factors of concern include the lack of pedestrian facilities, lack of signage, poor lighting, continued flooding of cross-culverts due to heavy rains, potholes due to the failing condition of the pavement structure and lack of intersection control during peak hours. The overall project will see an extensive scope of work done that will take 18 months to complete. This work will include the following: · Accommodation of traffic by deviating on local parallel roads, · Removing of existing surfacing and layer works, · Relocation of existing minor services such as overhead electrical services, sewer and bulk water supply services. · Removal of pipe culverts. · Widening of the road prism. · Construction of minor earth retaining structures. · Installation of traffic signalization and street lighting · Installation of road furniture including guardrails and road traffic signage. In recent months, the City has turned the Metro into a construction site investing in infrastructure projects like Fleet and Oxford streets; Quenera-Beacon Bay Link road at R70, 3 million, rehabilitating bridges in Beacon Bay and launching several bulk infrastructure projects that includes housing handovers, electrification of settlements, major treatment works like Umzonyana; Zwelitsha Water Treatment at R223 million; R200 pipe and water meter replacement program. Community roadshows to help NPOs This follows an announcement made by the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini after thousands of NPOs were deregistered between August and December of 2012 on the NPO database due to non-compliance of the NPO Act. NPOs registered on the database are required to submit annual financial reports to ensure greater transparency and would normally face removal from the roll if they fail to do so. The first leg of the roadshows took place in the Metro on Monday 14 March in Mdantsane and other roadshows are scheduled to take place in King William’s Town and in the East London area. According to the social development website the registration of NPO is a voluntary facility that enhances the credibility of registered NPO and it is free of charge. The registration of the NPOs will improve the credibility and funding opportunities, allow the organisation to open a bank account and help the NPO with tax incentives. Speaking to BCMM Website, Director Institutional Capacity Building and Support from the Department of Social Development Ndumiso Gola said the purpose of the roadshows was to register new NPOs, assist them with issues of compliance, educate NPOs on good governance, transparency and accountability matters. “The task team is ready to do everything in our power to assist NPOs to meet their legislative requirements and to promote their objectives.” “Currently, there are 64 476 NPOs registered with the NPO Directorate in the Department of Social Development and 36 428 had been de-registered due to non-compliance with the NPO Act.” However, he said the 66 072 NPOs that were non-compliant have to submit their annual reports before March 31. “The de-registered NPOs will be reinstated and reflected as registered on the NPO database, while efforts would be made to assist them to achieve compliance and correct their registration status.” The Task Team for the roadshows comprised of representatives of government, civil society organisations, business and other entities such as the National Lotteries Board and the South African Revenue Services (SARS). Xhanti Msawuli who has an active organistion said, “Ï am here to receive a certificate for my organisation called Xhanti Msawuli Foundation. My organistion develop residents through sport to decrease the rate of crime, alcohol and drug abuse in our community.” One of the beneficiaries Thabisa Loliwe from Mdantsane said, “I’m here to register and gather more information as I possibly can.I have already submit my form now I waiting to receive the certificate for my organisation.” Noluthando Masualle who also attended the roadshow said the information she received will help her a lot when she starts her own organisation. “I am here to gather as much information as possible. I’m currently starting a new organization and I want to be fully equipped and develop my community. She said that people must learn from programmes like these, people must work hand in hand with the government to develop their communities.” “Residents do something to develop your community, we cannot be sitting around folding arms and feeling sorry for ourselves, let’s all do something to develop our communities.” For more information NPOs can visit www.dsd.gov.za/npo to submit their annual reports or they can call any of the following numbers: 012 312 7013/ 012 312 7273/ or 012 312 7748. A list of non-compliant NPOs is available on the department’s website and will be updated monthly. Comments are closed.