Constituency Management Committee visits to Projects in Northam

By Joshua Motsomane

NORTHAM – The CMC of Northam, under MPL, Hon BAJ Matshoge and MP, Hon R Mashigo, undertook a projects visit in Northam on Monday 8 October 2012. Thabazimbi Municipality council committee accompanied them.

The MPs (Members of Parliament) and MPLs (Members of Provincial Legislature) are the eyes and ears of their community. “They are in close contact with their constituencies and are ideally placed to raise constituents’ views and concerns in the Parliament and Legislature,” said Hon. Matshoge in her briefing remarks. This process can be assisted by the members of the portfolio committee doing constituency work, and through concerted efforts to get the public to comment on pending legislation, projects and pending budgets. These views are then fed into other parliamentary structures, notably, in the case of the provinces, to the NCOP.

During their visit, the Infrastructure and Planning committee members were led by Cllrs T Mkansi, DA Moatshe, TD Molefe, Sikwane, AR Ramogale and SG Lerumo. Municipal officials were led by Mr Gopolang Booysen (Technical Services Manager), Ms KL Monawa (Div.Head IDP), officials from constituency office and ANC leaders of Thabazimbi Sub-Region.

The Manager Technical Services, Mr Gopolang Booysen briefed Members on progress registered, challenges encountered, and issues that need to be attended to following the Committee’s oversight visit. The presentation covered the Northam Waste Water Treatment Works, Northam paving of internal streets and Resealing and Rehabilitation of roads in Northam.

He further highlighted the progress in as far as projects are concerned. He indicated that for Northam paving of internal streets, the contractor was terminated and a new contractor will be appointed to complete the project. The issue was discussed at length and the other proposal was that of utilising EPWP and CPW to complete the project.

As for NWWTW, it was reported that the bulk earthworks are completed. Excavations for the inlet pump station, biological reactors, sludge ponds and return water pump station are completed. An earthwork for access road to the new plant is completed.

After presentation, the committee visited the projects above to see for themselves. “The oversight activity was to visit respective projects to assess the state of delivery in the municipality,” said Matshoge.

The committee has some recommendations after inspection in loco. They resolved that all projects must be visited at all times to monitor and to give progress and interventions where needed and to intensify the process of visiting projects to all parts of the municipality. “Councilors have an oversight role and that they do not have to wait for MPs and MPLs to do oversight work,” concluded Hon. Mashigo.

The issues of non-payment of services by consumers or community members were also raised as a serious concern. It was agreed that people be educated on payment of services. All illegal services such as water and electricity must be investigated. The CMC will visit circuits to check and monitor the readiness in as far as final examinations are concerned.

Mr Gopolang Booysen (Manager Technical Services) explaining the processes of the new NWWTW to Hon Joy Matshoge during oversight visits to projects in Northam.