Newcastle now grapples with a dilemma, as the Newcastle Municipality struggles to address water and sewage problems over weekends, due to financial constraints.
The situation came to light following an announcement by Newcastle’s Ward 3 Councillor, Cllr Connie Hariram, who informed residents that, regrettably, no sewer or water problems could be attended to over weekends.
According to the Councillor, budgetary limitations now restrict the Newcastle Municipality to instead, address such issues between Mondays and Fridays.
Newcastle Municipal Executive Council member Cllr Faizel Cassim confirmed Cllr Connie Hariram’s message. During a recent site inspection focusing on water and sewer leaks within the town, Cllr Cassim revealed that the technical manager responsible for the department had verified the municipality’s financial constraints and the resulting reduction in overtime.
However, Cllr Cassim assured that the matter would not be disregarded. He pledged to take action, stating his intention to discuss the issue with Newcastle’s Deputy Mayor, Musa Thwala, in an effort to find solutions that would prevent these problems from causing havoc in the town.
“We cannot allow freshwater leakages to span over a weekend, resulting in substantial bills for the Municipality from uThukela Water. Furthermore, emergency sewer issues must be addressed,” Cllr Cassim declared.
As the situation unfolds, the Newcastle Municipality’s Communications Department was contacted for further insights into the steps the Municipality plans to undertake. At the time of publication, no official comment could be provided, but this remains a developing story.
It should also be noted, that while the Newcastle Municipality had to cut overtime, part of the government entity’s financial constraints stems from the staggering R1 billion consumer debt. As reported by Newcastillian News, it was highlighted that this alarming escalation of debt is primarily attributed to the nonpayment of municipal services, particularly by residents residing in the Eastern Region of the Newcastle Municipality.
This mounting debt has forced the Newcastle Municipality to grapple with the dual challenge of managing its debt while striving to maintain and improve service delivery.
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