Yesterday I continued with my mayoral oversight visit programme to assess service delivery levels in Region 7 areas such as Bronkhorstspruit and Zithobeni.
During the oversight visit I was joined by Region 7 officials as I went around to see for myself the level of services delivered to the communities in the region. Some of the work that was taking place included marking roads, patching potholes and maintaining street lights.
I was particularly pleased to note that Zithobeni Swimming Pool is fully functional and well kept. Our public swimming pools are an important resource that form part of the recreational activities offered by the City.
While the region is doing good work with the delivery of core basic services, the reality is that there have been some water supply challenges in the area because of infrastructure failures. These challenges are often worsened by deliberate and criminal acts of infrastructure vandalism. Nevertheless, our teams are constantly on the ground working to resolve these issues. In this regard we call on communities to work with the City and report vandalism of our water and electricity infrastructure.
Our coalition government has been consistent in addressing service delivery matters in Region 7. Recently, we launched the newly refurbished Bronkhorstspruit Substation with a capacity upgrade from 20 MVA to 80 MVA at a cost of R96 million fully funded by the City.
These mayoral oversight visits are an important part of my work to ensure that there is visible service delivery on the ground. I would like to assure our residents that as the Executive Mayor I conduct a frank assessment of all services and provide feedback to officials on areas where we need to improve.