By Johan Pretorius
Ray Nkonyeni Municipal Manager Max Mbili says people wondering whether they should come to the South Coast during the Easter holiday season, are most welcome, and should not be concerned about their safety or possible water and sanitation problems.
Responding to a question at a media briefing by eHowzit on what his message would be to people who inquire whether they could come to the coast without worrying about water and sanitation issues, Mr. Mbili confirmed that senior officials and political leaders of his municipality and the Ugu District Municipality have had in-depth talks and planning sessions about the problems experienced during the Christmas holiday period with sewage spillage and water supply interruptions in some of the most popular holiday areas.
Ugu had assured the RNM that all possible advance planning and precautions had been taken to avoid a repetition. He pointed out that both municipalities had extensive seasonal plans in place to handle all possible eventualities, and he was convinced that visitors would not have problems.
Mr. Mbili referred to the briefing to council before the briefing, during which Head of Community Services Mthandeni Ndwalane and Head of the Public Safety Department Sbu Nzimande fully briefed members on their departments’ special planning for the holiday season. This encompassed, inter alia, measures to ensure continued verge maintenance, waste and refuse removal, cleaning of pubic facilities, by-law enforcement and safety awareness, street cleaning, and refuse removal which will continue on public holidays. As far as public safety was concerned, there would be special emphasis on traffic policing and a high visibility of officers, crime prevention in close co-operation with SAPS, and preventing by-law infringements such as drinking in public. Special attention would be given to drunken driving and speeding.