The report tabled in today’s Council meeting indicated that various sections of the municipality contributed in ensuring that both locals and visitors enjoyed a safe and pleasant 2017 festive holiday season within the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.

The report indicated that during the festive season, most services rendered by the municipality were provided in a satisfactory level. Where electricity is supplied by the municipality the report indicated a stable supply to consumers and the roads section was hard at word and managed to not only fill potholes along the length and breadth of the municipality but also marked them within the various CBDs. In terms of waste management, the municipality’s teams from all three depots worked seven days a week to ensure that refuse was uplifted, streets were swept daily, beaches were cleaned every day, and verges were maintained as per schedule. Some problems relating to upliftment were reported in the Uvongo and Margate areas; the municipality will follow the matter up with the relevant stakeholders.

The waste minimisation unit was at all times at hand to educate the public about safe and sustainable waste management practices. The teams visited various malls to interact with members of the public on recycling, upcycling and other innovative strategies on waste removal. On the side of beaches, extra lifeguards were deployed to cover all beaches and swimming pools. In addition, the seven Blue Flag beaches were patrolled by law enforcement services personnel, and were kept in an acceptable condition in line with Blue Flag regulations.

The department of Public Safety, together with other protection agencies including SAPS and RTI, ensured that personnel was deployed at all strategic points during the festive season; especially in high volume areas. In addition, roadblocks were held from time to time and certain public roads were cordoned off to minimize congestion. Members were also deployed at popular beaches to ensure effective crowd control. Some complaints were received, mostly in relation to nuisance. It is hoped that the new bylaws will assist the municipality to stem the tide against unbecoming behavior.

The Council also received recommendations to deal with the issues which were highlighted as problems during the high season. Amongst those is the issue of safety in our roads and since there were a number of horrific accidents that took place over this period and the greatest concern is that the cause of these accidents are man-made ranging from speeding, driving under the influence, unroadworthy vehicles and reckless driving. These will be discussed further in the municipality’s internal and external forums to improve on this year’s season period.

For more information contact:
Simon M April
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality
+27 72 057 5387 /