The Eastern Cape is in crisis! The province is in the grip of one of the worst droughts on record.
Nelson Mandela Bay and Kouga are just months away from dry taps. The Kouga dam is the lowest it has ever been, since its construction. It is estimated that by July, no more water will be able to be extracted from it.
Across the province, municipalities taps are running dry. Farmers are battling. Their crops and livestock are dying.
Despite this, EC Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, hesitates and refuses to declare the province a drought disaster area, which would allow provincial government to lobby for additional drought mitigation funding from national government.
Funding that is desperately needed to assist the municipalities and farmers weather this crisis.
By signing this petition, you are adding your voice to the call for Premier Mabuyane to declare the province a drought disaster area!
The municipality is proposing an increase between 5.35% and 14.59% on tariffs.
It is unacceptable that already depleted and overburdened Ratepayers are being choked to pay more, when the Municipality is failing to provide them with the most basic of services.
The DA proposes the following increases in line with National Treasury’s minimum:
Property Rates – 3%
Sanitation – 3%
Refuse Collection- 3%
Others (Penalties) – 6%
Water – 6%
Electricity – 6%
Waste – 3%
As is only 40% of Msunduzi Residents contribute towards Rates & Services. We have Aged and Failing Infrastructure (Water/Sanitation/Electricity), Failing Billing System, Overgrown and Unmaintained Vegetation throughout the Suburbs and Irregular Expenditure on Non-Core functions & Private Security. Until these are fixed, we cannot expect ratepayers to cough up highly unreasonable funds for a municipality which does nothing for them.
Sign the petition to oppose the renaming of William Nicol Drive to Winnie Mandela Drive.
The proposal to rename William Nicol goes against the City’s Naming of Streets and Public Places Policy for several reasons:
William Nicol Drive is the responsibility of the province and the City therefore has no jurisdiction over it.
Renaming should be avoided when there are significant costs – not only to the City, but also to businesses and other stakeholders.
Insufficient public consultation with affected stakeholders, no notice to councillors in the affected wards, and a lack of public notices.
There are already roads and schools named after Winnie Mandela and the policy says that there should be no duplication of names within the City.
A re-naming proposal will be considered only when the long-term benefits to the community can be shown to outweigh any short-term effects or private interests i.e. the political games during an election year.
Please petition Executive Mayor, Geoff Makhubo, and the MMC for Community Development, Cllr Margaret Arnolds, to cease the process of renaming William Nicol Drive.
The economic crisis, made worse by the coronavirus lockdowns, has hit everyone hard.
We need every cent to put food on the table and invest in our businesses so that Johannesburg’s economy can recover.
But the City of Johannesburg is proposing a rates increase (as per draft 2021/2022 Property Rates Policy and By-law, and amended tariffs as approved by Council on 24-25 March 2021).
Please petition Executive Mayor, Geoff Makhubo, and the MMC for Finance, Cllr Jolidee Matongo, to remove any rates and tariff increases for the next financial year so that struggling Johannesburg residents do not continue to suffer, and can use their reduced income to put food on the table and invest in our businesses so that Johannesburg’s economy can recover.
Edenvale has and is being subjected to ever decreasing levels and quality of service delivery. This despite being the one of the top billing, paying and collecting towns in the metro. We the residents and rate payers are no longer receiving “Value for Money” services that we pay for.
With inaccurate billing
Litter throughout the town
Roads riddled with potholes
Household refuse dumped randomly
Storm water drains and sewerage lines blocked and overflowing
Pavements, trees and parks poorly maintained and
Overgrown open spaces not to mention the overcrowding and homelessness crisis
Edenvale is in a shocking state
The City of Ekurhuleni needs to take immediate and urgent action to safe guard Edenvale, a major revenue contributor to the coffers of CoE.