DA Stands with Communities across CoE as we need to rebuild
by Cllr Senzi Sibeko — DA Shadow MMC for Economic Development and DA Ekurhuleni Regional Chairperson
Date: 15 July 2021
Type: Media Statement
The destruction of businesses and municipal property by rioters across the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) will have a lasting financial effect on many of the city’s businesses and communities.
Many companies are already struggling to stay afloat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns and unpredictable power outages. Now, they are forced to try to rebuild following the wide-scale looting. Many may be forced to close their doors, putting vulnerable families on the street and adding pressure to an already overburdened UIF.
Many communities are likely to never recover from this singular event impacting generations to come. While some businesses may be partially covered under SASRIA, if recoveries are possible, it could take ages to pay out, and many smaller businesses may not reopen.
In addition, the recent looting has caused concern regarding food shortages with many people panic buying goods.
Ekurhuleni is already battling to keep afloat financially, and relies heavily on businesses for income on the municipal services rendered. This will be severely impacted when businesses are forced to shut, which will further burden ratepayers, who themselves, have been hard hit by COVID-19 and job losses.
As the DA, we understand the City’s financial constraints and we call upon the Metro’s leadership to urgently set up a meeting with business organisations and leaders, in order to discuss the effects of the riots on the metro as well as formulate a workable plan to rebuild as quickly as possible. The city needs to attract businesses and investment partners. As the DA, we believe this can be achieved by providing investment incentives, such as rate holidays to provide new businesses with the opportunity to flourish.
The Democratic Alliance condemns any violent action against the citizens of Ekurhuleni and its businesses.
Cllr Senzi Sibeko
DA Shadow MMC for Economic Development
DA Ekurhuleni Regional Chairperson