DA Sundays River councillors Karen Smith and Isabella Wagenaar and activists will be marching from Bergsig to the Kirkwood Town Hall today at 09:30 (subs: 30 April) to highlight the continued lack of sustained water delivery and shocking service delivery in the area which impacts on jobs.
The mayor of Sundays River Valley, cllr Mbulelo Kebe, has been alerted about the march and is expected to receive a grievance petition from the DA.
As the Sunday’s River Valley Municipality is the second largest foreign exchange earner after the motor industry in the province, urgent action is needed to ensure the right environment is set up to improve employment prospects for the community and ensure it is a competitive place to invest in.
The lack of sustained water provision in several areas of the valley over the last years is having a devastating effect on the production of quality citrus in the area.
This has resulted in ongoing permanent and seasonal jobs being lost at an alarming rate in the valley.
Having regularly visited all the areas of the Sundays River Valley, the lack of water supply, the squalor and the appalling condition of roads infrastructure in the area is one factor that will continue to rob this municipality of economic freedom.
On behalf of the Democratic Alliance I will with my colleagues in the Sundays River Council, Provincial Legislature and Parliament lobby for urgent dedicated funding to specifically fund maintenance of water. We will ensure that the proposed road infrastructure upgrade of the R335 which was announced by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti last week, comes to fruition.
Furthermore, I will be asking the MEC for Local Government, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, to launch an investigation into the alleged mismanagement of MIG funding assigned to this municipality and misspent.
In addition, I will be engaging with the MECs for Local Government and Agriculture that province set up a dedicated task team to visit the area so they can see how desperately serious this issue has become.
In the Western Cape where the DA governs, we are prioritising basic services to the poor, improving education for all and creating jobs.
This has been achieved by sustained focus on infrastructure maintenance and development which are key drivers of economic advancement and job creation opportunities for all.
The Sundays River Valley municipality will become the compelling place to live and work in when the same recipe for increased job creation in the Western Cape is implemented here.