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The community of Horseshoe, Kokstad in KwaZulu Natal is taking their local municipality to court for alleged lack of service delivery. Mawethu Nocanda, 32, a Horseshoe resident for 16 years said the community has been taken from pillar to post for years by the Greater Kokstad municipality and could not wait any longer for their concerns to be addressed. “The anger of community members got so bad that they once poured faeces in the municipality offices and they went on a violent strike,...
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Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan did not get a full wish list of council mergers when the Municipal Demarcation Board announced its decision about his submissions on contentious section 22 border changes. Mr Gordhan had made the requests in line with section 22 of the Municipal Demarcation Act, much to the chagrin of opposition parties, particularly in hotly contested councils. SA will have 11 fewer municipalities, which now stand at 278, due to Mr Gordhan...
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Rain in several parts of KwaZulu-Natal are unlikely to result in the lifting water restriction which have been implemented, with authorities urging the public to continue conserving water. In a statement released on Tuesday, the province’s cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said that weeks of sustained rainfall was needed to fill the province’s dams. “We therefore urge the public not to become complacent amid the recent rain showers and...
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Significant progress has been made to ensure that residents of Majakaneng and Letlhabile in the Madibeng local municipality, North West are provided with drinking water, the department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said on Monday. “Malfunctioning boreholes have been refurbished and new ones have been drilled for the benefit of communities who previously did not have access to potable water,” spokesman Sputnik Ratau said. Ratau said a total of 3 974 job cards were issued in the past...
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A demand by the SA Local Government Association (Salga) to increase the salaries of all councillors – irrespective of the size of their municipality – to R1.3 million a year would be disastrous for the economy and could lead to tax increases, analysts have warned. The association, which represents 9 000 councillors nationally, wants councillors to earn the same as MPs, arguing their responsibilities are similar.Dawie Roodt, an economist with the Efficient Group, said Salga’s...
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There are no plans to develop low-cost housing on land along the R27 near Blouberg, and the City of Cape Town says it will investigate the release of a “fraudulent” document with the city’s official logo that claimed the proposal was being mooted. Hundreds of concerned West Coast residents who packed the Blouberg Library on Monday night to attend a special meeting about Erf 1117 were relieved to hear that there are no immediate plans to develop more than 13 000 “RDP...
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There has been a dramatic decline in the number of councillors and officials doing business with the eThekwini municipality, the city manager said on Wednesday.   Sbu Sithole was responding to questions submitted by DA councillor Jayraj Singh, asking the City how many councillors and officials were still doing business with the municipality following the release of the Manase Report and various reports by the Auditor-General. Singh, who submitted the question to Speaker Logie Naidoo on...
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Both the City of Tshwane and its prepaid smart metering contractor PEU Capital Partners failed to answer questions after a statement surfaced indicating that multimillion rand payments are still being made daily in terms of the contract between the two parties. The City announced on May 12 that it has terminated the contract for the installation of 800 000 smart prepaid electricity meters with PEU “with immediate effect”.  At the time it disclosed that it has paid PEU more than...
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Sunday was the first day that water rationing kicked in at a number of municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal in a bid to conserve water resources in the province. The drought is the worst that has been experienced by the province since 1992, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said. Dube-Ncube last week warned that the province was suffering water shortages and that mandatory water conservation measures would have to be implemented. eThekwini Municipality (Durban and...
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The assassinations of councillors who blow the whistle on corruption or fall out of political favour are ‘business as usual’ in KZN. Paddy Harper investigates this trend of terror. Shirley Bujram is shivering as the icy wind cuts through Dundee’s municipal cemetery. She is making her way to the grave of her husband, Grishen. The granite tombstone with an ANC emblem was erected by the governing party to honour Grishen Bujram’s contribution to the struggle for liberation....
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