As part of cost cutting
and efficient management of municipal resources, the Nelson Mandela Bay
Municipality has taken a decision to clamp down on the misuse of municipal
Those found guilty of
misusing municipal vehicles will be disciplined
The decision was taken
during a Mayoral Committee Meeting held on February 22, at the City Hall.
Effectively, this will in the long run assist the municipality to provide
services to the community with the money saved from this cost cutting exercise.
Executive Mayor Athol
Trollip said there was an unacceptably widespread flagrant abuse of municipal
vehicles and this was costing the city a lot of money.
"Municipal vehicles are
being blatantly used by officials to run private errands such as ferrying their
kids to school, grocery shopping and also using our fleet for driving lessons,”
Mayor Trollip said.
In some cases, tracking
devices were disconnected, making it hard for the municipality to monitor their
The Mayor also called on
the executive directors to implement a stringent monitoring system as it was
costing the municipality a fortune to keep its fleet on the road.
"We also call on the
public to assist us in monitoring municipal vehicles and report them if they are
seen to be carrying out activities that are not municipal related. The
maintenance and refuelling of our fleet is a costly exercise and this is why we
as the Mayoral Committee have taken a decision to closely monitor the use of our
vehicles,” he said.
He also emphasised the
need for customer services centres to be of use to the public for the full
duration of the day.
"Service to the public
is of paramount importance and as such, officials should be at their stations at
all times to provide a seamless service to the public,” Mayor Trollip
Issued by the office of
the Executive Mayor, Councillor Athol Trollip.