Mangaung Metro Municipality is making some headway in its “Reclaiming the City” campaign after service deliver complaints have been plaguing the Metro. This has resulted in routine work taking place in various wards throughout the area.
According to municipal spokesperson Qondile Khedama, the Executive Mayor Olly Mlamleli aims for the city to become a globally safe and attractive city to live, work and invest in. “The most important element of the campaign is compliance and enforcement of the bylaws,” he said. “
Khedama also explained that crime was a priority of the ongoing programme. “We have also focused our energies on some of the streets that we have branded as hotspots in the Bloemfontein CBD such as Ella Street known as Small Street in Willows. This is a predominantly student area that has shown growth in crime activities,” he said.
A number of stakeholders are also involved in reclaiming the city as Mlamleli urged everyone to take part in improving the metro. These include government departments and agencies, SAPS, Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority and institutions of higher learning.
According to Khedama the municipality has already done the following:
- 2 865 tickets issued with by MMM Traffic Department in conjunction with the FS Traffic Department
- 40 vehicles were impounded
- 71 permits were issued for informal traders at Floreat Mall in Bloemfontein CBD
- Gravelling in Botshabelo Section R – work is currently at 60%
- Ward 50 problem with flooded houses was attended to and excavation done for new storm water canal
- 67 catch pits in the Bloemfontein CBD were cleaned
- Tierpoort and Van Stadensrus – chemical toilets were delivered
- Thaba Nchu – of 239 water leaks reported, 208 were attended to
- Bloemfontein – 499 sewer complaints were reported (469 were normal sewer blockages and 31 collapsed manholes). 318 blockages were attended to
- Botshabelo water leakages addressed
- Three of the Bloemfontein city entrances (OR Tambo, Maselspoort and Nelson Mandela) – 60% grass cutting completed.