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Salga engages Sol on poor service delivery

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The SA Local Government Association said it has initiated a ‘deliberate and structured engagement’ with Sol Plaatje Municipality to address critical service delivery challenges affecting the community.

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THE SOUTH African Local Government Association (Salga) said it has initiated a “deliberate and structured engagement” with Sol Plaatje Municipality to address critical service delivery challenges affecting the community.

The spokesperson for Salga in the Northern Cape, Dibandlela Nkume, said the municipality was experiencing “significant difficulties” in several areas, including water supply, sewage management, electricity provision and financial sustainability.

“Recent assessments have highlighted some of the pressing issues within Sol Plaatje Municipality such as persistent water shortages, ageing infrastructure and frequent pipe bursts that exacerbate the situation. Inadequate maintenance and the high cost of repairs have led to prolonged periods without water for many residents.”

He added that the municipality struggled with sewage overflows and blockages, leading to environmental and health hazards.

“Insufficient capacity at sewage treatment plants and delayed infrastructure upgrades are primary contributors to this crisis.

“Frequent power outages and an unreliable electricity grid have disrupted daily life and economic activities. Outdated electrical infrastructure and increasing demand have strained the municipality’s ability to provide consistent power supply.”

Nkume pointed out that the municipality faced a “significant financial burden” due to the substantial outstanding debts.

“This debt impedes the municipality’s ability to invest in essential infrastructure and service delivery improvements. Despite these challenges, the engagement between Salga and the municipality is a positive and encouraging step towards resolving these issues.”

He said the municipality had initiated several interventions aimed at improving service delivery.

“These efforts demonstrate a commitment to progress and a willingness to tackle the problems head-on. While the road to full recovery and sustainability may be long, the partnership with Salga and other stakeholders showcases dedication to serving the community and working collaboratively to achieve lasting solutions.”

Nkume stated that Salga would offer support to the municipality including capacity building, governance, financial management, audit and risk support, debt relief and debt collection interventions.

“Salga aims to empower municipalities to overcome challenges and build a resilient, sustainable future for local government.”

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