Mokopane pool revamp ‘a total waste of tax payers’ money’

MOKOPANE – “We condemn and view the renovation of the public baby swimming pool in Mogalakwena as a total waste of tax payers’ money,” says DA Ward Councillor Korny Dekker after it came to light that the baby pool was revamped for R332 000.

Dekker told Bosveld the DA will lodge a complaint with the Public Service Commission (PSC) over the revamp of the Mogalakwena Municipal baby pool by the Acting Municipal Manager, Merriam Molala.

According to Dekker the 14 m x 9 m x 500 mm pool was revamped at a total cost of R332 000, and describes it as misuse of public funds and a futile exercise as the bigger public swimming pool is not functional and is not even open to public.

The amount involved is largely inflated for the revamp of the existing small pool.

The regular pool is in a terrible condition, yet the baby pool was revamped.

Dekker said to Bosveld that “the revamp of the baby pool was also irregular as the requisition to revamp this baby pool by community service manager, Molala, was approved by herself as she is currently the acting municipal manager.

“The acting municipal manager continued with the revamp despite our objections,” said Dekker.

Bosveld has in its possession the invoice for R332 000.

Another document reveals that the project had been sub-contracted at an amount of R42 500, which is yet to be paid.

According to Dekker, this proves an inflated project in terms of expenses.

“The municipality could’ve saved R290 000 by working directly with one company instead of appointing a company which eventually sub-contracted.

“This means someone is pocketing a huge amount of money.”

The old pool pump is still in use, although the municipality was charged for a new one.

He further adds that the savings could’ve been utilised in much better ways, such as the solving of other much needed, service delivery challenges.

The DA believes the acting municipal manager must be held accountable for the decision.

“We will approach the PSC to investigate this matter and ensure good governance is upheld within the municipality.”

The Mogalakwena Municipality did not reply to any enquiries made by Bosveld before deadline.

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