Row over CDC’s role in clean-up

Councillors object to paying agency part of budget

Bhisho has forked out R32million to help the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality eliminate illegal dumping, provided the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) manages the project. Interim municipal public health head Joram Mkosana said a further condition was that the CDC took 10% of the budget allocated for the project.

However, the CDC said it charged a 5% fee and no money was deducted from the metro’s allocation.

The municipality is rushing to spend all the money by the end of next month, although the project kicked off officially only on December 22.

This has angered Bay councillors, who felt the project was taking jobs away from ward-based cooperatives who relied on municipal cleaning projects to survive.

-Rochelle de Kock

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