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KRUGERSDORP CITY HALL
A DISGRACE TO PUBLIC SERVICE


KRUGERSDORP CITY HALL – 04 MARCH 2013

 On the 4th of March, 2013, I accompanied a friend of mine to the Krugersdorp City Hall, the venue used by SASSA (Department of Social Development South Africa) for the re-registration of grant beneficiaries

We were directed to the Market Hall ‘allocated’ to SASSA for the re-registration process.

 How sad the shocking state of affairs that awaited us within and around the Market Hall just a few meters away from the administrative ‘Head Office’ of the Krugersdorp Municipality.

 

This picture was taken just outside the entrance to the Market Hall


PICTURE: Peter METCALFE - 04 March 2013


Inside the Market Hall - The social grant beneficiaries can be seen in the background.


PICTURE: Peter METCALFE - 04 March 2013


Once a water feature inside the Market Hall


PICTURE: Peter METCALFE - 04 March 2013


Both the Gents and Ladies toilets, serving the Market Hall, had no lights and no water to flush - the stench was unbearable!


PICTURE: Peter METCALFE - 04 March 2013


Blocked!


PICTURE: Peter METCALFE - 04 March 2013


To scared to go into the dark toilet?


PICTURE: Peter METCALFE - 04 March 2013




I immediately and personally reported the issue to the Krugersdorp City Manager’s Office, who referred me to the Executive Manager, Corporate Support Services, who referred me to the Executive Manager, Environmental Services, who undertook to look into the matter.

As soon as I got back to my office I made a followed-up via email with copies of the pictures above:


Sent: Monday, March 04, 2013 1:05 PM
Subject: MOGALE CITY - KRUGERSDORP CITY HALL

Dear Mr. MASHITISHO
I do believe the attached will receive the deserved attention.
Kindly comment.

 


I received the following reply:

Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2013 11:57 AM
Subject: RE: MOGALE CITY - KRUGERSDORP CITY HALL
Good day,
We have noted the concerns raised by you and will strive to address the matter urgently.
Please note that we do appreciate the efforts you took to draw this to our attention.
Regards,
Rethabiseng Mokebe


Sadly, today 6 March 2013, I had to report as follows:

Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:52 PM
Subject: Fw: MOGALE CITY - KRUGERSDORP CITY HALL

Dear Me. MOKEBE,
At around 12H10, today, Wednesday, 06 March 2013, I paid a follow-up visit to the Market Hall, within the Krugersdorp City Hall, this following my horrific experience on Monday.

This visit was so disheartening - the situation had deteriorated.

Access to the dark and filthy toilets have been closed to the public, patrons are now using an empty room, leading from the Market Hall, to relieve themselves.

Although the rubbish was removed from the ‘fountain’ on Monday, shortly after we met, this 'fountain' is once again being used as a rubbish bin.

The floor within the Market Hall had not been cleaned. On Monday this floor was in desperate need of a mop and disinfectant. Small children, who have to accompany their parents for social grant re-registration, are playing and crawling on this filthy floor.

I did not bother to take any pictures.


Peter METCALFE
Chairman
THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA (FDA) (NPC)



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