R1.8 million Evaton Renewal Project not delivering

Kingsol Chabalala MPL

DA Constituency Head: Evaton

According to a response to written questions from the DA, the R1.8 million Evaton Renewal project is not delivering to the community.

The project aimed, amongst other things, to provide high mast solar lighting to the area; approximately 54 street lights over a stretch of 4.2 kms.

However, the response from MEC OF Human Settlements, Jacob Mamabolo, indicates that 42 battery boxes have been tampered with, 11 solar panels are missing and the rest of the solar panels are not working.

I will be submitting further questions to the MEC to establish whether the department has approached the service provider to fix these issues and what plan they have in place to ensure that this project is up and running as soon as possible.

Lighting provides a measure of safety and security to those community members using this stretch of road and this renewal project is obviously not benefitting them as it should be.