The City of Cape Town’s Electricity Services Department is facing continued denial of entry to Gugulethu and surrounding areas to attend to electricity outages. So far, about 1 000 customers are without electricity supply in the area as a result of threats to staff and this number will continue to rise while the situation remains unresolved. It is also affecting new electrification projects in the area that have been stopped in response to the intimidation. Read more below:
A group of local Gugulethu contractors has demanded that all City contracting work in the area should be allocated to the local contractors exclusively. Although the City has given much focus on local labour components in all of its contracts and supply chain management processes, demands that tenders be given exclusively to only one grouping of contractors cannot be agreed to.
The group in question has been threatening City officials and contractors and preventing them from doing their jobs.
This group has also demanded that all municipal arrears be written off for Gugulethu residents. However, as per the City’s debt policies, arrears are regularly written off for qualifying indigent people and this is based on case-specific conditions. Those who do qualify for debt relief are urged to apply for assistance at their local municipal walk-in centre. The City cannot follow a blanket approach to these matters.
‘The City will do everything in its power to resolve this matter but we urge all parties to work with us to ensure that services are restored. We will not tolerate any violence or the continued bullying tactics which are currently affecting some of our customers,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.
The City apologises for the inconvenience.