Kby businesses affected by poor municipal services

Challenges faced by businesses as a result of a lack of municipal services in the Northern Cape will soon come under scrutiny.

This, as the Sol Plaatje Municipality is expected to hold a meeting with the Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI) on Monday. The Chambers’ CEO, Sharon Steyn, says the situation regarding a lack of water and sewage spillages amongst other issues in Kimberley is out of control and has a negative impact on businesses in this city.

Speaking to OFM News ahead of the meeting, Steyn explains that businesses in the province’s capital city have for years been affected by the municipality’s lack of service delivery with not much being done to address these challenges.

Her concerns over how a lack of municipal services affects entrepreneurs in the city comes amidst refuse collection backlogs and dry taps.

Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, has meanwhile said the municipality is in the process of collecting refuse that had not been collected over the last few weeks due to workers’ grievances.

“Management has engaged with the affected employees and the matter was also discussed at the formal Local Labour Forum. We apologise for this lack of service delivery and the matter is being resolved,” said Matsie.

The municipality has, on the other hand, attributed a lack of water supply to low levels at Newton Reservoir stating that there is no sufficient capacity to supply the High-Pressure Tower in order to provide water to the city.

Steyn says the meeting scheduled with the municipality is an open meeting and that everyone is welcome to attend.