Image shwoing overgrown pavements next to a road.
These pavements are so overgrown that pedestrians are forced to walk in the road.

The streets and pavements in Tzaneen town have become a safety hazard because the municipality clearly has no idea how to implement proper maintenance. The GTM has to rely on the private citizens and businesses in their town to step into the role of custodians which the
municipal officials and councillors were supposed to do.

A basic task such as ensuring the grass next to the pavements are kept short and tidy is simply too mammoth a concept for any individual
at the Whitehouse to comprehend. Pavements are designed to offer pedestrians safe passage across the municipality without having to
step into the path of vehicles on the road.

Grass should also be kept short to allow drivers visibility at intersections to avoid oncoming traffic and potential collisions.

Public parks and recreational areas are also meant to be neatly kept so that the public can enjoy them. (The public being the people who
pay the salaries of the councillors including the salaries of the mayor and the municipal manager who seem to have forgotten that they are
the employees not the employers).

The Freedom Front Plus PR Councillor, Andre Moss took up the matter with the manager for Parks at the GTM, Theressa Stroh, who said that
they will be contracting out the beautification of the town to private businesses to ensure that the town stays beautifully maintained.

“The procurement requests have already been sent for approval on the 15th of January and once approval is granted it will be sent to Supply
Chain to arrange site inspections with the contractors after which they can submit their quotes,” Moss explained. “The areas which the
sub-contractors will be looking at include New Industrial, Pompagalana, Flora Park, Medi Park, Fauna Park, Arbor Park, Billy Maritz and Pointsetta Street.”

This means that quotes have already been received by the GTM from various businesses in town to manage parts of the municipality. So again, money will be spent by the municipality to hire in sub-contractors from the private sector, to do the jobs that they are paying the maintenance
teams at the municipality salaries to do.

At the same time the municipality is struggling financially because they are failing miserably in their endeavours to collect the money in rates and taxes from their residents. We have in our possession a few municipal accounts showing that many homeowners in Tzaneen owe the municipality hundreds of thousands of Rands, yet their services have not been disconnected.

The biggest municipal account in our possession shows an outstanding amount of R438 886.90 for a house in one of the suburbs. This means that the homeowners owe the municipality almost half a million Rand for electricity, water and taxes, and is still receiving the services!