DA appalled by weed spraying contract delays

Issued by Cllr Mmabatho Tembe – DA EThekwini Councillor
13 Oct 2020 in Press Statements

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has been following the numerous delays with the weeds contract. Despite requesting information, since the beginning of August this year, as to when satisfactory service delivery will be afforded to the residents, no response has been forthcoming.

The Parks and Recreation unit responded by saying that the contracts are still being revised and in the meantime, the parks department themselves will be undertaking this specialised function over the weekends with only two teams being dispatched per district until a permanent contract is in place. 

The weed spraying contract ended last year and Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit has cited hitches with the Supply Chain Management (SCM) department. This is unacceptable as weed spraying is a needed service in the city. The lack of planning and implementation within the Parks departments needs to be addressed by the City Manager and has been reported accordingly. 

Residents of the city are receiving sub-standard service delivery as the roads are a mess with weeds, growing at knee-high length creating a litter trap. 

It is unrealistic to have two teams working per district as they cannot work fast enough to deal with the weeds that have grown over the year, rates are paid and service delivery is not adhered to. Each ward receives the teams approximately once in a weekend every three months. This is not sustainable?

This situation is totally unacceptable and DA members of the eThekwini Municipality Community Services committee demands that the City Manager, intervene as soon as possible in concluding a suitable and permanent weed spraying contract for all wards in the city. The DA has requested an urgent meeting to discuss these matters for an outcome for the citizens of this municipality.