Response from ‘EMM disappointing

Concrete which was ripped off during the November 9 floods still remains in the water way blocking the flow of water.

Since receiving a disappointing response from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, the CEO of Fluid Power, Stephen Prophet, plans to enter the next step of legal action against the EMM.

This was announced at a July 12 meeting held to urge other Eastleigh businesses to follow suit.

Following the EMM’s failure to provide a solution to Fluid Power by the deadline of June 29, as set by the Johannesburg High Court, Prophet said the EMM was in contempt of court.

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The Central Avenue business only received response from the EMM on July 3, four days after the deadline.

Prophet said the feedback had no letterhead or signature.

“I received the feedback from Steven Maluleke, who represented the EMM in court. I sent the feedback, from the metro’s corporate and legal department, to Fluid Power the same day,” said Gerhard Human, attorney and associate of Ramsay Webber Attorneys, Notaries and Conveyancers.

Instead of giving information stating what specific actions would be taken to remedy the spruit near Fluid Power’s premises, the EMM only provided information on what would be done to remedy the entire spruit and other areas, including bridges and roads.

Seventeen areas in Edenvale needing remedial action, including Central Avenue, were included in the correspondence.

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In the response, the November 9 flood was “estimated to be in the order of over 1 in 100 year intensity/recurrence interval”.

The feedback to Fluid Power outlined an extended timeline for the implementation of remedial action for the entire spruit.

It is stated that EMM had applied for disaster funding but had not received any. It added that the flood had not been budgeted for and the estimated cost to remedy the spruit is almost R100 million.

However, to remedy the spruit, funds first need to be generated during the budget review in January next year.

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Depending on whether funding is granted or not, the EMM can then appoint contractors to begin work in April 2018.

The NEWS’ attempts to confirm the feedback to Fluid Power was from EMM’s legal and corporate department were unsuccessful.

After several attempts to obtain confirmation and interpretation of the EMM’s response, the metro’s communications department advised the NEWS to contact a representative of its legal and corporate department directly. These attempts were also unsuccessful.

Further attempts by the NEWS to contact the EMM’s legal representative directly were also unsuccessful.

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