At the recent IDP and Budged Road show in Uvongo we experienced an unfortunate walkout by some members. As representatives from the Uvongo Ratepayers and residents Association we did not get the full opportunity to express our views on the “Proposed Draft Budget” . Towards the latter parts of the event the Programme director started to limit the time afforded to the public to present their views. It was impossible for some to follow the proceedings when not conducted in English. I do believe that everybody present could and should speak in English. I attach the objections of the “URRA” which I could not present fully at the meeting.
083 453 6687
Uvongo Ratepayers and Residents Association
Objection from the Uvongo Ratepayers and Residents Association
There is NO justification for the reported high increase in tariffs
The proposed budget appears to apply to an organisation with unlimited funds
Including 247 Pages of non-essential statements, with no reference of any improvement on services
Page 4 to 5 refer to the UGU Vision and Mission
Please just live by this but move your 2035 goals forward to 2019.
Full Services restoration must be immediate!
Our concerns – contributing factors causing our lacking service delivery are as follows:
Non-productivity; UGU to enforce the clocking system and monitor actual productivity!
Overstaffed and Overpaid; Reduce staff compliment to optimum “necessary” numbers!
Salaries and wages (including contractor costs) must be in line with the municipal guidelines
at +-35%, and not in excess of 50%!
Non-essential overtime and unnecessary contract workers must be stopped! This practice should become
part of your Vision and Mission Statement commitments!
Company vehicles; “private” use of any such vehicles by staff must cease!
“Workhorse” type vehicles must be provided for everyday workforce transportation, not luxury “Double
The accounts/billing system; this must finally become fully functional! “Correct” meter readings and billed
amounts are non-negotiable, all customer details must be accurate, monthly statements must be e-mailed or
posted as necessary (to ALL customers), and all revenues must be collected!
IMPORTANT NOTE 1! Page 148 point 5 refers to the duties of the Municipal Manager.
This refers – “No” salary increases for any senior staff members, however
Specifically included should be:
IMPORTANT NOTE 2!
No bonuses are to be paid to any senior members, until the UGU finances are in a profitable situation again.
With previous strikes about salaries and wages and other conditions the use of double cab type vehicles were demanded.
There was sabotage to infrastructure
Intimidation and many more demands.
Were there any disciplinary actions?
Have there been any arrests?
Are these culprits still employed and if so, why?
Finally: Thank you UGU for NO water to many parts of Uvongo today.
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