THERE is confusion over who is responsible
for maintaining the high mast lights in Nemato since a contract with the
municipality’s previous service provider ended a few months ago.
A concerned resident, who did not want to
be named, told TotT a high mast light in Ruleni Drive had not been working for
weeks and no efforts had been made to repair it.
She felt the lack of light encouraged crime
in the area.
“We hardly sleep at night because we hear
gunshots and there have incidents of rape as well as mugging of people within
the area,” she said.
She said she had reported the matter to the
municipality on numerous occasions and yet nothing has been done about it.
She also contacted Manelec, which used to
maintain the high mast lights, and was told that the tender was awarded to
another service provider.
“I have even tried calling the mayor on
numerous occasions, and I recently heard that Ndlambe Electrical is responsible
for fixing lights in that area,” said the concerned resident.
Ncedisile Naika, owner of Ndlambe
Electrical, said he needed to get the go-ahead from the municipality in order
to start working.
Director of infrastructural development,
Xolani Masiza, said: “A normal procurement procedure needs to be done before
giving the heads-up to the service providers because there are many areas that
also have the same problem.
“Thereafter service providers will then be
notified to start working on those lights,” added Masiza.
The tender was originally awarded to
Manelec, which was responsible for the whole Ndlambe area in maintaining and
fixing the high mast lights.
Manelec manager Popeye Steyn said after their
contract ended three months ago the municipality continued to request their
services when they needed them.
Steyn said he suggested to the municipality
to rather make the contract lease longer so that when problems are reported
they would be attended to immediately.
“On Monday I received a call from Xolani
Masiza about the high mast light and he requested an overall quote to fix all
the areas,” said Steyn.