Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) says in a media statement it was with concern that they noted media reports that its vehicles were “repossessed” on Wednesday, 15 August.
ELM has subsequently released a statement to explain the situation:
We would like to inform the media and members of the public that the contract Emfuleni had with a fleet provider ended after running its course, and has not been renewed. The contract ended in March this year (2018) and the municipality has agreed to release the affected vehicles in batches back to the provider over a period of three months, starting in September this year.
For the record, the municipality paid the service provider R7 million on Wednesday, August 15.
The municipality had also discovered that the contract had been irregular and has since began with a process to appoint a new fleet service provider. It must be noted that all municipal vehicles are currently in the possession of the municipality and continue to work in attending to service delivery defects.
This means our service delivery teams are working as usual, however still faced with an existing shortage of vehicles. Consequently, this will continue to affect the turn-around time for attending to service delivery defects and we appeal for patience in this regard. The affected services include electricity, water and sanitation, waste management and traffic. The municipality wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
* Waste collection backlogs have made headlines in Emfuleni after the municipality failed to adhere to collection schedules in the past months due to the non-availability of trucks. To change this, Executive Mayor, Councillor Jacob Khawe has announced that the municipality’s plans to purchase new service delivery vehicles, especially waste collection trucks, in the new financial year (2018/2019).