Madibeng Executive Mayor, Jostina Mothibe
National government has placed on record that waste removal contracts in Madibeng had expired and not been filled.
The director overseeing the waste removal contracts, it is alleged, halted the process.
In an attempt to understand the apparent underhand goings on around these contracts, Madibeng Times engaged an insider, who unpacked a scenario which baffled even our own source.
Communities across the length and breadth of Madibeng have in recent weeks been reeling under severe water shortages.
As both workers and the unemployed go about their daily lives, Madibeng Times wants to place it on record that the situation has even more devastating rippling effects, than meets the eye.
All indications are that large parts of South Africa, among them the Madibeng Local Municipality geographical area, are faced with the prospects of a drought, severe or otherwise.
Experts have warned the authorities at national level as early as the year 2007 about forward-planning in terms of the very likely event of severe dry conditions.
The Madibeng Local Municipality has set aside an overall budget of R89,8-million for the upgrading of internal road networks covering eight of the 36 clusters, for the financial year 2015-2016.
Road networks for the remainder of the clusters were being allocated a separate budget of R56-million, but only for the 2016-2017 financial year.
The Madibeng Local Municipality collects upwards of R40-million per year for water supplies from crop and stock farmers, but still cannot clean up Hartbeespoort Dam, a crucial catchment of the scarce commodity called water.
An overall budget of R17-million has been allocated for the upgrading of taxi ranks in and around Brits for the financial year 2016-2017.
It is an open secret that taxi ranks have become the nerve centre of economic activity for hawkers selling foodstuffs and other paraphenalia such as rugby, soccer and cricket T-shirts.
The mortar has still to be put to brick for the reconstruction of the Mmakau Ward 19 waste transfer station.
A budget of R2,5-million must be tucked nicely somewhere in the Madibeng Local Municipality coffers.
The partitioning of the ground floor of the Madibeng Local Municipality offices has come up for scrutiny in documentation from national government.
It is alleged in the documentation, the contents of which were triggered by a whistle-blower, that the service provider was paid upfront, an amount in the region of R3-million.
The Madibeng Local Municipality final budget has, over and above current projected expenditure, an eye on the distant 2017-2018 financial year.
Four budget items stand out in this regard.
The highest of the pecking order is a budget allocation of R8-million for the upgrade of the Letlhabile main sub-station.
The communities of both Makgabetlwane and Jericho cannot wait for the completion of the main thoroughfare linking up the two villages.
A fairly long stretch of the road has already being tarred, with a shorter distance of the remains of the dirt road towards Makgabetlwane still to be paved, for reasons apparently related to phased budgetary allocations for various financial year-on-year periods.