Nkomazi Municipality receives a new fleet of vehicles

The fleet of new municipal vehicles.

MALALANE – Service delivery will hopefully be much improved after a fleet of new vehicles was officially handed over to the Nkomazi Local Municipality last Friday morning.

A total of 35 bakkies, a fire-and-rescue truck and two waste-removal trucks, worth R15 million were acquired to replace the municipality’s ageing transport.

Municipal spokesman, Mr Cyril Ripinga, said this was the first time in a couple of decades that the municipality had replaced its fleet. “The old vehicles were torn up and broken and put our employees’ safety at risk,” he stated.

The fire-and-rescue truck was bought to augment the existing vehicles, which Ripinga said they still needed to replace.

NLM Mayor Thuli Khoza in the driver's seat of the new Fire

NLM Mayor Thuli Khoza in the driver’s seat of the new fire-and-rescue truck.

The mayor, Ms Thuli Khoza, emphasised that the municipality paid cash and did not owe any dealership a cent, during the handover ceremony.

She also stressed that the vehicles, which were bound for the departments of finance and infrastructure development, were only to be used for official business and service delivery.

She told officials that anyone found misusing the vehicles would be punished. She urged them to be responsible and take care of those assigned to them as they would be held liable for any damages, thanks to strict control measures.

Khoza stated that they supported local dealerships as the Isuzu bakkies were bought from Mascor, after the company had won the tender.

Mr Danie Neethling from Mascor in turn thanked the municipality for its valuable support and partnership.

Cllrs Solomon Mahlalela, Phil Mziyako, Million Shongwe, Thuli Khoza, Mascor's Danie Neethling and municipal fleet manager Jaco du Preez.

Cllrs Solomon Mahlalela, Phil Mziyako, Million Shongwe, Thuli Khoza, Mascor’s Danie Neethling and municipal fleet manager Jaco du Preez.

The mayor appealed to the community to report any municipal official they see misusing the vehicles so that steps can be taken against them.

“In the past we’ve seen people use official vehicles for private matters and we want to bring all the culprits to book. We’ve seen them use vehicles as taxis and use their garage cards for private vehicles. We’ve taken steps to ensure this does not happen again,” said Ripinga.

The old vehicles will be sold during an open auction in the near future. The details of this will be advertised in Corridor Gazette.

Retha Nel

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