Former Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg and
ActionSA leader, Herman Mashaba, has denied reports that he ended the contract for OUTsurance Pointsmen in the city.
Former Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg and ActionSA leader, Herman Mashaba, has denied reports that he ended the contract for OUTsurance Pointsmen in the city.
The popular Pointsmen are back to assist traffic during peak hours in Johannesburg.
This follows the city’s spokesperson, Mlimandlela Ndamase, on Tuesday accusing the former mayor of ending the contract between the city and Traffic Freeflow company.
“What an inconvenience to the residence of Johannesburg especially at times of traffic, congestion, and signal failure," Ndamase says.
“This service was abruptly cancelled on the 1st of September in 2019 during the previous administration under former mayor Herman Mashaba. Over the last 15 months, our roads have been left unattended, and with great inconvenience to residents during peak hour traffic and signal failures and this undoubtedly compromised.”
In a media statement, ActionSA denied the allegations and said the contract had to be terminated because other businesses wanted to bid for it.
“Local government required this, irrespective of the fact that the service was being offered free of cost to the City because OUTsurance gained considerable value from the service through their marketing thereof, and other companies had to be afforded the opportunity to tender.
“Following the expiration of the contract in August 2018, the City sought to find legitimate ways to extend this PPP contract with TFF while offering OUTsurance the option of a temporary renewal of the contract while the tender process was being finalised."
The party has accused Makhubo of taking credit for things he did not start.
“The fact that Mayor Geoff Makhubo seeks to take credit for this, after he took more than a year to present something that was largely finalised, is an indictment on him and his administration, and demonstrates how little his government has to show more than a year into their term,” ActionSA said in a statement.
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