ANC shows little regard for the environment
ANC shows little regard for the environment in ignoring feasibility studies – The Democratic Alliance in Ekurhuleni is concerned with the wasteful expenditure occurring on capital projects within the Department of Environment and Waste Management Services.
The Kempton Park fire station was built on a wetland despite feasibility and environmental impact studies advising otherwise, which has cost the Ekurhuleni Metro an estimated R11-million.
In addition, a number of other projects have been cancelled which have incurred bigger costs due to unplanned environmental factors such as dolomite, wetlands and sinkholes. The cost ultimately falls on the tax payers of Ekurhuleni.
An example of this is portion 230 of Driefontein in which millions were wasted by the governing ANC on moving residents onto dangerous mine land, only for a court order to force the Metro to comply with a previous contravention notice issued by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. In addition, Council threw out a motion by the DA trying to prevent this from happening which simply illustrates the ANC’s disregard for the citizens of Ekurhuleni.
The DA calls on the Metro to start taking environmental and feasibility studies seriously and stop regarding them as box-ticking exercises for the sake of the safety and well-being of the citizens of Ekurhuleni.