STATEMENT BY MEMBER OF THE MAYORAL COMMITTEE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND
ENGINEERING, CLLR ANNETTE LOVEMORE AT A BRIEFING AT JENNY’S ROOM, PORT ELIZABETH
CITY HALL ON THURSDAY, 8 DECEMBER
Mandela Bay is determined to win its war on leaks. Water is a precious resource.
We cannot allow it to run to waste. We are losing about 25% of our treated water
to leaks right now.
Council Meeting on Thursday, 1 December, Councillors tasked Officials and the
relevant political role-players with aggressively addressing our high water
primary target – agreed at the Council Meeting – is the reduction of the
turnaround time in attending to and repairing water leaks from the current,
unacceptable 15 to 24 days to a maximum of 5 days within three months,
i.e. by the end of February 2017.
to fix leaks, we need plumbers. Our municipality is woefully short of these
artisans. Where we should have 54 plumbers in our Water and Sanitation
Directorate, we had only 21. It is simply impossible to win the war on leaks
under such circumstances.
pleased to announce that we are filling these vacancies, as we identify funding.
The first seven of our new plumbers commenced their tenure with the Nelson
Mandela Bay Municipality on 1 December.
They are settling in, being orientated and getting to
know our Metro and its demands. Within the next week they will be fixing leaks.
New Year, we will be advertising to fill more vacancies.
receiving about 3 000 calls a month at our 24 hour operations centre, dealing
with reports of water leaks. We have a backlog, with about 20% of complaints
lodged in June still not addressed. We know this is not acceptable, by a long
have we appointed plumbers – the first seven of many more – but we have filled
Superintendent posts, which will allow enhanced management of our tasks. We have
appointed contractors to help us blitz the backlog and get our leak-fixing
turnaround time down to acceptable levels.
continue to encourage residents to reports water leaks and abuse to our call
centre at 0800 20 50 50.
our new plumbers a long, productive and happy stay with the Nelson Mandela Bay
Municipality. We hope that every resident of the Metro will see the difference
their presence will make.
on behalf of the MMC for Infrastructure and Engineering, Cllr Annette Lovemore
by the Communications Office (041 506 1555 / email@example.com
/ www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za /
@NMBmunicipality / www.facebook.com/NMBayM).