The Democratic Alliance will be leading an application for an urgent special meeting of the Gariep Municipal Council, requesting a motion and vote of no confidence in the Mayor, Municipal Manager and Chief Financial Officer.

Eskom has today stated in an advertisement in the print media that it would “…continue with the planned disconnection of bulk electricity supply to Gariep Local Municipality on Thursday, 8 March 2012”. According to the advert Eskom’s decision follows intensive engagement with the municipality and various stakeholders that “…led to the half of the amount being paid, Gariep Municipality has since not paid the rest of the outstanding debt”.

The DA has repeatedly called on the on the MEC for Local government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, to take action in the municipality be making examples of the officials in charge.

As a result of previous financial negligence, the DA had success in getting the MEC to institute a forensic investigation into Gariep Municipality last year. However, the dodgy finances continue. Gariep is plagued by a cancer of rot and corruption.

The communities of Burgersdorp and Steysburg are the ones who will suffer when Eskom cuts the power. The lack of decisive action by the MEC for Local Government to show leadership and take bold leadership to solve this disgrace is most worrying.

Should the council not decide in favour of a vote of no confidence, it will illustrate how ANC party patronage trumps incompetence and inefficiency.

Furthermore I am again writing to the MEC for Local Government to reconsider the DA request from last year to place this municipality under administration.

Incompetence of having the national electricity supplier cut off power to a municipality must be a first ever occurrence in the country.

The inefficiency of these municipal officials is going to cause the fizzling bomb of discontent by communities to explode due to lack of services and employment opportunity.

Heads must roll and an immediate clean up is required by Province to immediately stop further management crises in this municipality.


  1. As the Department we worked very hard with the two institution, Eskom and Gariep to salvage the situation. 

    Our focus was to make sure that electricity is not switched off. We want to make sure that the issues brought by Eskom and Griep are resolved amicably. Efforts are afoot now to ensure that electricity is not switched off. While we understand what led to this situation, we are confident that Eskom, an arm of government, and the Municipality will work together to service our people.

    I have just spoken to both the Municipal Manager and the Chief Financial Officer  and they have assured me that the matter has been settled with ESKOM and that Eskom is not going ahead with electricity disconnection tomorrow. Further to this the municipality has embarked on a very serious credit control and revenue collection drive that is beginning to show some positive results. The municipality has also engaged the services of experts to look at the losses of electricity which put the municipality at this situation. 
    The Department wrote  a letter to Eskom assuring them that the department will seriously monitor the municipality on a continuous basis. The agreement has been reached to also make three equal monthly instalments starting from the end of March to end of May 2012.

    We are glad that power will not be switched off. We congratulate both institutions for putting our people first and reaching an agreement on this. 

    NB: this statement must be attributed to MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, the Eastern Cape Local Government and Traditional Affairs. 

    Issued by the Eastern Cape Local Government and Traditional Affairs Ministry

    Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha

  2. This is very sad if electricity is cut off to Siloam Village and all the residents of Oviston which is situated at Gariep close to Venterstad. There are many eldery people and citizens of these communities who pays their electricity bills loyal every month. This is very bad for tourism in our area at Gariep and we do hope this will be resolved soon.

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