Grahamstown residents call for intervention in troubled Makana municipality

The group of residents has cited a recent report tabled at the Makana Council which shows the municipality owes around R150 million to its creditors.

The Makana municipality is operating at a monthly deficit of R5 million because it cannot effectively collect rates. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – Some Grahamstown residents want the local municipality to be placed under administration over allegations of financial mismanagement.

The group – comprising the resident's association, business forums and civil society – calling itself the Concerned Citizens Committee to Save Makana wants the council dissolved.

Earlier this week the group wrote to Cooperative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen and Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance MEC Fikile Xasa requesting urgent intervention.

The group has cited a recent report tabled at the Makana Council which shows the municipality owes around R150 million to its creditors.

The municipality is operating at a monthly deficit of R5 million because it cannot effectively collect rates.

Ron Weissenberg of the Concerned Citizens Committee says service delivery has taken a knock.
“There are myriad reasons for this request that generally the citizens of Makana have been suffering at the lack of the delivery of basic services and also repairs, maintenance and upkeep.”

The Makana Municipality is facing the possibility of power cuts as it owes Eskom R55 million.

It's apparently also failing to settle its R35 million bill to the Amathole Water Board.