Gamagara reacts to ratings and allegations

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Gamagara local municipality has reacted to the negative rating by Ratings Afrika, an independent ratings agency that recently published the Latest Municipal Financial Sustainability Index. The Democratic Alliance (DA) party - the official opposition party in the Gamagara local municipality, reacted vehemently to these findings and called for the municipality to be placed under administration. Both the ratings agency’s article as well as the DA’s media release appeared in last week’s edition, but reaction from the Gamagara municipality was only received for this week’s edition.

 

According to Kamogelo Semamai from the municipality’s communications office and commenting on behalf of the mayor’s office, said that management was not surprised that the DA in the province use these findings by the rating agency as a means of gaining political mileage of some sort to continue advancing their agenda of discrediting other institutions where they are not in control or governing.

 

He went on to comment that management views it as unfortunate that the DA continues to grandstand and politicise real “service delivery” issues that the community desperately rely on to score cheap political points. There is no basis whatsoever, he stated, that warrants for Gamagara local municipality to be placed under administration, in fact, the DA does not present any such instance, instead of relying on a Rating Agency whose authenticity remains questionable.

 

Mr Semamai stated that Ratings Afrika never had any communication nor interaction with any staff of Gamagara local municipality or its councillors. They as management also do not know what criteria or research methodology Ratings Afrika had applied to arrive at the conclusion that Gamagara had scored 24 points which is the lowest in the Northern Cape, as Ratings Afrika never shared their report with Gamagara, instead management also read the misleading article that was published in Business Tech.

 

If the DA’s statement is genuine, why do they remain mum on the DA-led City of Jo’burg, which also scored 24 points ?

 

Mr Semamai said that management contacted Ratings Afrika both by telephone and e-mail as per the details published on their website www.ratingsafrika.com but their phone number +27 11 478 5438 was not reachable. Management further tried to download the report from their website, but then noticed that Ratings Afrika charge a minimum of R50 000 for a report - for reasons only known to them and this alone boggles the mind.

 

Mr Semamai said that management wishes to confirm that Gamagara local municipality is a stable institution politically, headed by both the mayor with his council and administratively by the municipal manager with his administrative team of professionals, among others. To place the blame for all the challenges the municipality experiences on one individual is to reduce every councillor (including DA councillors) and officials of the municipality as useless political and administrative dwarfs controlled by the Chief Financial Officer (Ndabaithethwa Moses Grond). Media release edited

 

 

 

Our Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Ndabaithethwa Moses Grond (not Moses “Maserati” Grond as wrongfully named by Melinda Hattingh who’s obsessed with Mr. Grond’s personal life) is an experienced and highly qualified professional with astute accolades to his name and has been instrumental in ensuring that Gamagara local municipality remains steadfast in its service delivery journey. In fact, we were ranked as the top ten great municipalities in South Africa by the South African Institute of Race Relations (a reputable rating agency) at no cost, in 2014.

 

The DA in particular Melinda Hattingh, is self-consumed and obsessed with Mr. Ndabaithethwa Moses Grond and his assets. Mr. Grond is a proud owner of the Maserati Granturismo referred to and has worked and can account for it.

 

We encourage the DA to report the corruption and maladministration claims they make against Mr. Grond to the relevant authorities instead of publicly assassinating his character with baseless and unfounded allegations. Racism remains a thorny issue in South Africa and we hope that this “corruption and maladministration” statement does not assume that a black person cannot acquire these “expensive” assets other than through corruption.

 

 

 

Mr. Grond was never appointed nor removed as the Municipal Manager, as he was simply Acting in the absence of the appointed Municipal Manager. The municipality has experienced challenges like all other municipalities in the country, because of the implementation of a new MSCOA compliant enterprise management system. This has led to billing problems, low cash collection levels and non-payment of some creditors and this was communicated to council and the community.

 

The majority of these challenges have been resolved, the municipality has since entered into payment arrangements with the affected creditors, and our cash flow position is improving. We urge the DA to stop the political grandstanding for cheap political points and use its oversight role in council to strengthen and improve the general management of the municipality.

 

As the Gamagara Council we want to place on record that the assertion made by the DA in the newspaper is opportunistic, misleading and wrong tool or strategy to gain relevance for the political balance of forces that changes every day. This clearly demonstrate their assertion is based on the campaign launch strategy for the coming general elections and it have got nothing to deal with the service delivery issues of the municipality or any other matter related to good governance.

 

In conclusion we wish to ease our customers and the residents of GLM from a fear or uncertainty created by political opportunism characterized by uncontrollable ambition to govern at all cost. We further urge anybody from the public to report any form of fraud and corruption to the relevant law enforcers and stop “singing behind the stage tactic”.

 

 As Gamagara Local Municipality we remain committed to the principle of good governance and accountability as we believe that good governance will contribute immensely in changing our people’s lives by providing effective and efficient services. We strongly off the opinion that together with our communities and strategic partners we can move our municipality forward as well as building better communities by among others confronting fearlessly the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality created by the apartheid regime in the past.

 

ISSUED BY THE GAMAGARA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

 

COMMUNICATIONS UNIT

 

CONTACT PERSON: MR K SEMAMAI (MUNICIPAL SPOKESPERSON)

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

 

TEL    : 053 723 6000

 

EMAIL            : kamogelos@gamagara.co.za

 

NOTICE NUMBER: 2018/14

 

 

Gamagara local municipality has reacted to the negative rating by Ratings Afrika, an independent ratings agency that recently published the Latest Municipal Financial Sustainability Index. The Democratic Alliance (DA) party - the official opposition party in the Gamagara local municipality, reacted vehemently to these findings and called for the municipality to be placed under administration. Both the ratings agency’s article as well as the DA’s media release appeared in last week’s edition, but reaction from the Gamagara municipality was only received for this week’s edition.

 

According to Kamogelo Semamai from the municipality’s communications office and commenting on behalf of the mayor’s office, said that management was not surprised that the DA in the province use these findings by the rating agency as a means of gaining political mileage of some sort to continue advancing their agenda of discrediting other institutions where they are not in control or governing.

 

He went on to comment that management views it as unfortunate that the DA continues to grandstand and politicise real “service delivery” issues that the community desperately rely on to score cheap political points. There is no basis whatsoever, he stated, that warrants for Gamagara local municipality to be placed under administration, in fact, the DA does not present any such instance, instead of relying on a Rating Agency whose authenticity remains questionable.

 

Mr Semamai stated that Ratings Afrika never had any communication nor interaction with any staff of Gamagara local municipality or its councillors. They as management also do not know what criteria or research methodology Ratings Afrika had applied to arrive at the conclusion that Gamagara had scored 24 points which is the lowest in the Northern Cape, as Ratings Afrika never shared their report with Gamagara, instead management also read the misleading article that was published in Business Tech.

 

If the DA’s statement is genuine, why do they remain mum on the DA-led City of Jo’burg, which also scored 24 points ?

 

Mr Semamai said that management contacted Ratings Afrika both by telephone and e-mail as per the details published on their website www.ratingsafrika.com but their phone number +27 11 478 5438 was not reachable. Management further tried to download the report from their website, but then noticed that Ratings Afrika charge a minimum of R50 000 for a report - for reasons only known to them and this alone boggles the mind.

 

Mr Semamai said that management wishes to confirm that Gamagara local municipality is a stable institution politically, headed by both the mayor with his council and administratively by the municipal manager with his administrative team of professionals, among others. To place the blame for all the challenges the municipality experiences on one individual is to reduce every councillor (including DA councillors) and officials of the municipality as useless political and administrative dwarfs controlled by the Chief Financial Officer (Ndabaithethwa Moses Grond). Media release edited

 

 

 

Our Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Ndabaithethwa Moses Grond (not Moses “Maserati” Grond as wrongfully named by Melinda Hattingh who’s obsessed with Mr. Grond’s personal life) is an experienced and highly qualified professional with astute accolades to his name and has been instrumental in ensuring that Gamagara local municipality remains steadfast in its service delivery journey. In fact, we were ranked as the top ten great municipalities in South Africa by the South African Institute of Race Relations (a reputable rating agency) at no cost, in 2014.

 

The DA in particular Melinda Hattingh, is self-consumed and obsessed with Mr. Ndabaithethwa Moses Grond and his assets. Mr. Grond is a proud owner of the Maserati Granturismo referred to and has worked and can account for it.

 

We encourage the DA to report the corruption and maladministration claims they make against Mr. Grond to the relevant authorities instead of publicly assassinating his character with baseless and unfounded allegations. Racism remains a thorny issue in South Africa and we hope that this “corruption and maladministration” statement does not assume that a black person cannot acquire these “expensive” assets other than through corruption.

 

 

 

Mr. Grond was never appointed nor removed as the Municipal Manager, as he was simply Acting in the absence of the appointed Municipal Manager. The municipality has experienced challenges like all other municipalities in the country, because of the implementation of a new MSCOA compliant enterprise management system. This has led to billing problems, low cash collection levels and non-payment of some creditors and this was communicated to council and the community.

 

The majority of these challenges have been resolved, the municipality has since entered into payment arrangements with the affected creditors, and our cash flow position is improving. We urge the DA to stop the political grandstanding for cheap political points and use its oversight role in council to strengthen and improve the general management of the municipality.

 

As the Gamagara Council we want to place on record that the assertion made by the DA in the newspaper is opportunistic, misleading and wrong tool or strategy to gain relevance for the political balance of forces that changes every day. This clearly demonstrate their assertion is based on the campaign launch strategy for the coming general elections and it have got nothing to deal with the service delivery issues of the municipality or any other matter related to good governance.

 

In conclusion we wish to ease our customers and the residents of GLM from a fear or uncertainty created by political opportunism characterized by uncontrollable ambition to govern at all cost. We further urge anybody from the public to report any form of fraud and corruption to the relevant law enforcers and stop “singing behind the stage tactic”.

 

 As Gamagara Local Municipality we remain committed to the principle of good governance and accountability as we believe that good governance will contribute immensely in changing our people’s lives by providing effective and efficient services. We strongly off the opinion that together with our communities and strategic partners we can move our municipality forward as well as building better communities by among others confronting fearlessly the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality created by the apartheid regime in the past.

 

ISSUED BY THE GAMAGARA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

 

COMMUNICATIONS UNIT

 

CONTACT PERSON: MR K SEMAMAI (MUNICIPAL SPOKESPERSON)

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

 

TEL    : 053 723 6000

 

EMAIL            : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NOTICE NUMBER: 2018/14