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Provincial and National Intervention Update on Oudtshoorn Municipality
Thursday, 05 November 2015 15:08

intervention update smallOudtshoorn, 05 November 2015. - The process of identifying the financial challenges facing the Oudtshoorn Municipality and responding to them effectively is progressing well and will do much to restore public confidence in the municipality. This is the key message emanating from the meeting between the Administrator, Mr Kamalasen Chetty and the Western Cape Minister of Finance, Dr Ivan Meyer earlier this week.

Oudtshoorn Municipality was placed under full administration with effect from 28 September 2015 which has resulted in all executive powers being withdrawn from the Council and placed firmly in the hands of Mr. Chetty who has since identified debt, revenue, budget, procurement, financial controls and staffing costs (in particular the high numbers of temporary staff) as priority areas that need immediate intervention. This approach has resulted in the secondment of Mr Raymond Esau to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Mr. Chris Koch as Director: Technical Services, with the former Acting CFO, Advocate Francois Human and Acting Municipal Manager, Mr. Ronnie Lottering, returning to their original positions of Director: Corporate Services and Director: Community Services respectively.

The Administrator manages Oudtshoorn Waste Water Treatment Works situation well
Thursday, 05 November 2015 13:40

k chettyOudtshoorn, 05 November 2015. - Water and Sanitation is too important to politicize. The Administrator’s campaign of “Putting the People of Greater Oudtshoorn First” is critical to stabilize the municipality and create a foundation for good governance.

“The temptation to put “party politics” before the people of Oudtshoorn was a significant cause of the dysfunctionality of the municipality. The actions of the Administrator of stabilizing the administration, addressing the critical financial situation of the municipality, tacking corruption and mismanagement, resolving the challenges of the Cango Caves, and addressing the service delivery issues such as the waste water treatment – has been met some opposition by major political parties,” said Mr. Kam Chetty, the Administrator.

The Administrator and his team (made up of professionals) have been continually harassed by numerous groups in an effort to frustrate the administration process. However, the good people of Oudtshoorn have welcomed the initiatives started by the Administrator, and have expressed their fatigue with party political tensions.

Alleged Sewage Pollution from Oudtshoorn Waste Water Treatment Works into the Olifants River Unfounded
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:03

sewage pollution smallOudtshoorn, 28 October 2015 – A recent visit to the Oudtshoorn Waste Water Treatment Works found absolutely no evidence of raw sewage discharged to the Olifants River as several media reports stated in the recent months.

Mr. Chris Koch who was seconded as part of the Provincial Intervention to Oudtshoorn to head the technical services visited the Oudtshoorn on 22 October 2015 ascertain the reality of the allegations citing that the “The Olifants River in Oudtshoorn is covered by a thick layer of raw sewage, which has been left untreated for so long that it has formed a crust on the surface of the river”. The findings following this visit discovered that these allegations are absolutely not true and based on a wrong assumption.

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