DA Pressure Wins Victory For Evaton Motorists

The DA in Gauteng is delighted to announce that through our sustained pressure, the Department of Roads and Transport will finally install traffic lights at the intersection of the Golden Highway and Easton Road, Evaton.

This notorious intersection has seen a host of incidents over the years, and the DA has been instrumental in raising this issue on various government platforms since 2011.

In September last year Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi announced that engineers were sent on a site visit, and that measures would be taken to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists at this intersection.

While the DA welcomed this intervention, we continued to pressure the MEC to for a more permanent solution and to assess the need for traffic lights and traffic calming measures.

The assessment was carried out and the process to install the traffic lights will commence at the end of September.

While this decision will at last bring a degree of safety to this dangerous intersection, the DA is mindful of the fact that our work here is not done – and we will keep this intersection on our watch-list to continue to ensure the safety of all motorists and pedestrians who cross it as they go about their daily business.

 

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Evaton Constituency Head

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Investigate Zonder-Water Housing Project: DA

Zonder-Water Housing DevelopmentKingsol Chabalala DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

Of 935 homes to be built as part of the Zonder-Water housing project in Evaton, Gauteng, only 256 have been constructed – despite 92% of the budget having been already spent.

In 2011, work began on the Zonder-Water housing development, but came to an inexplicable halt in March 2013.

For the past two years, the construction company that won the tender to carry out work on the project, Rirothe Construction, has not been on site.

The budget for this development was set at R5,5 million, but despite their having been no activity on site for the past two years, R5,1 million has already been spent.

Intervention by CoGTA

It is of great concern that the Department for Cooperative Governance, Housing and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) has not yet intervened on the matter.

In a written reply from MEC Jacob Mamabolo, it is indicated that this project will be complete in the 2016/17 financial year.

It is highly unlikely that 73% of the work that needs to be carried out can be achieved with little over 8% of what remains of the budget.

The DA will request the Auditor-General and the Public Protector to investigate the matter – as it is clear the Gauteng Provincial Government does not effectively deal with maladministration.

I will question MEC Mamabolo about this matter and demand he explain how this project has been ignored by his department, while residents of Evaton have been left stranded.

 

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

060 558 8299

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Gauteng Legislature Speaker Must Probe MEC’s Misleading Responses

Gauteng Legislature Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe

The DA will today write to the Gauteng Legislature Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe asking her to investigate whether education MEC Panyaza Lesufi deliberately misled the DA in written responses to parliamentary questions.Kingsol Chabalala DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

During an oversight visit to Evaton West Primary School in January, the DA found the school to be operating without electricity, as it was not connected to the local power grid.

The DA submitted written questions over the matter to MEC Lesufi, who replied that admission pressures caused the department to open the school without it being connected to the municipal grid.

Click here to view the response.

Misleading Responses + Verifying Facts

The response further states that the necessary steps had been taken to have the school connected, and that it would have complete by the end of March 2015.

However, the DA last Friday visited Evaton West Primary to verify the facts, and found that the school is not connected to the grid.

The DA in the Gauteng Legislature has a constitutional mandate to conduct oversight over government’s delivery programme, and the MEC is responsible to provide factual and accurate responses to questions posed.

By providing misleading information, MEC Lesufi hides the true state of affairs to the DA and the parents and learners of Evaton West Primary.

Investigate Authenticty, Speaker

The DA will therefore request Speaker Mekgwe to investigate the authenticity of MEC Lesufi’s response, and if needs be, refer the matter to the Legislature’s Privileges and Ethics Committee for further investigation.

The DA will not idly sit by and allow Premier David Makhura and members of his executive to ride roughshod over our democratic order.

 

 

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

060 558 8299

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Evaton Library Lacks Resources to Serve Community

A severe shortage of critical resources prevents the Evaton library from serving the community’s needs.Kingsol Chabalala DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

Oversight Visit to Evaton Library

During a recent oversight visit to the Evaton library, it emerged that the library lacks much of the resources needed to be operational.

This resources includes no working public Internet connection at the kiosk for over a year, no computers in the computer room and partly delivered library furniture which was ordered and paid for in full.

Department of Sports, Recreation, Art and Culture

In the 2014/15 annual report of the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture it stated that one of the biggest challenges was that not all Gauteng libraries were equipped with ICT services for public access, and insufficient bandwidth in certain areas.

To date, Evaton library has not been equipped with any ICT equipment.

Lack of ICT Equipment

Failing to provide the required resources unnecessarily inconveniences students and school learners needing access to E-Books and supplementary research repositories.

The DA will raise this matter in the Gauteng Legislature’s portfolio committee and ensure that learners are given every opportunity to bridge the digital divide.

 

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

060 558 8299

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Gauteng Government Misleads Boiketlong Community over Service Delivery Plans

Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Jacob Mamabolo and Emfuleni Mayor Greta Hlongwane are misleading the community of Boiketlong with promises of service delivery.Chabalala-Kingsol

According to reports, both the MEC and the mayor met with the leadership of the Boiketlong service delivery movement on Friday, and announced the government’s plans to bring an end to the service delivery crisis.

During this meeting, the community was promised that:

  • A memorandum of understanding had been signed with Rand Water over water delivery,
  • That the Leewkuil sewage plant would be upgraded,
  • That plans were almost finalised for the installation of high mast lights and solar panels for households, and
  • That government is in the final stages of declaring the area into a township.

However, the promises and their implementation were dependent on the Emfuleni local council’s consideration and approval of said plans and agreements during a special council meeting – which took place on February 25.

Astoundingly, not one of these items appeared on the agenda for the meeting and were thus not approved.

While the next council meeting is only towards the end of March, the question is of course whether these items will appear on the agenda – or whether the MEC and Mayor are playing for time.

Every time the government misses its own deadlines, people will lose confidence in the ANC’s ability to bring about a better life.

MEC Mamabolo must realise that the longer the ANC government toys with people’s expectations through empty promises, the more likely voters will vote for DA-led government with a definitive service delivery track record.

The DA will monitor the next council meeting’s agenda to see whether the MEC and mayor are indeed serious about service delivery.

Media enquiries:

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Evaton

060 558 8299

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