LEPHALALE — Mogol Post was approached by residents in Onverwacht a while ago regarding contractors who were hired by the Municipality to replace the old asbestos pipes and who simply cut the Telkom cables. Since then the residents have been without any internet connection or Telkom lines.
The municipality was given the opportunity to comment on the complaints and enquiries, but they failed to comment before Mogol Post’s deadline last week. (With reference to Mogol Post 16 September 2016, New pipes, no comms.)
Herewith their response on the issue:
The Municipality is aware of the reports from community regarding the disruption of services that are caused as a result of the Project for replacement of AC pipes – Phase 1.
The Manager: Water services engaged the service providers immediately after the problems were reported. The matter was reported to Telkom as they are the ones possessing the necessary material to fix the damaged cables. Telkom did not respond in time as their workers were on strike for the period and the construction company does not have the competency to repair Telkom cables. It is the responsibility of Telkom to assist with the repairing of cables and claim the costs from the contractor which has always been the case.
The following message or information must be noted from the consultant’s point of view:
“We have noted the cable damage on Tsessebe Street. The contractor from Telkom was on Site on the 5 September 2016 and could not excavate the area as the pipes were underneath and in the middle of the road. The contractor undertook to excavate on 7 September 2016 together with the Telkom officials to repair the damaged cables. The cables which have been damaged will be repaired as expected. We would like to apologize to the public for the inconvenience and disruptions incurred”.
The project is aimed at providing a long term solution to water supply problems and replacing aged AC pipes in Lephalale Town, Onverwacht and Marapong. It is fortunate that the project is nearing completion by mid November 2016 and subsequent phases (Phase 2) will follow to be implemented in 2016/2017 financial year.