Oudtshoorn municipality is on the road to recovery

The Western Cape government says the Oudtshoorn Municipality is turning the corner after an adminstrator was appointed to the embattled municipality.

The Cango Caves have also suffered under the mismanagement of Oudtshoorn Municipality
The Cango Caves have also suffered under the mismanagement of Oudtshoorn Municipality

Local Government Minister, Anton Bredell, says the Oudtshoorn council has formulated and approved a 100-day turnaround plan that will serve as a guideline for the council over the next few months.

He says since the new council came into power, co-operation between the council and the provincial department of local government had improved significantly.

The Oudtshoorn Council had been plunged into crisis when the ANC refused to vacate office after losing in a by-election.

Now, since the appointment of adminstrator, Karmalasan Chetty, Bredell says the Oudtshoorn Municipality is on the “road to recovery.”

“Excellent progress has been made in relation to most of the issues identified. Another highlight was the compliance with the provincial executive’s directive  by approving council’s 2015/16 budget, which was subsequently noted by the provincial government,” said Bredell.

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Minister Bredell says other projects that have been tackled include administering the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) funding.

“The new council has been assisted in using MIG funding to upgrade the De Jager Sports Complex where a tartan athletic track is being installed for the local community and the construction of a water pypline to the Dysselsdorp Sportfields.

These projects have already led to job creation in the area.”

Bredell said “the proper and full operation of the town council has also been achieved.”