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The demolition of homes in Inanda on Wednesday was a sign of things to come, said the municipality. ANC councillor Zandile Gumede, who is in a race for leadership of the party’s eThekwini region, had harsh words for the community of Amaoti in Inanda where three houses were demolished on Wednesday, saying she would continue ordering that homes built on municipal land be taken down. In a media briefing at her office in Amaoti on Thursday, Gumede said the law was on their side and they were...
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The eThekwini municipality has denied it authorised the demolition of houses at Amaoti in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal. Three houses were demolished in Amoati, allegedly on the instruction of the municipality. However, both the municipality and the Department of Human Settlements deny authorising the demolition. eNCA visited the remains of one of three destroyed houses – a five-room dwelling which belonged to 56-year-old Maria Tekane. She'd lived here with her children and grandchildren...
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When demolishers arrived at Maria Tekana’s home in Inanda on Wednesday to knock it down, the devastated woman ran inside, saying she would go down with the house. Tekana’s family of five were left homeless when the sheriff of the court and demolishers contracted by the eThekwini Municipality destroyed the R250 000 house. Built by Tekana’s late son, the home had three bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge, bathroom, and a toilet. Tekana, 56, and another two homeowners in the...
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The ANC is trying to deepen community participation in candidate selection processes ahead of next year's local government elections. This is part of the party's new guidelines for the selection process. "Amongst other things which informed this process were the grievances which came out from communities but also within the African National Congress in terms of ensuring accountability and community participation in identifying who is finally going to be their leader," the...
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The Auditor-General of the North West Province, Scharla van Schalkwyk, has lamented municipal underspending as one of the key factors impeding service delivery. He was referring to the status quo, in which close to R800 million unspent revenue across North West municipalities will have to go back to national treasury. He was addressing the two-day Provincial Members Assembly of the South African Local Government Association. The Assembly is a constitutional meeting of all municipalities,...
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The indebted Tswaing local municipality has less than 24 hours to pay workers wage increases before the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) embarks on a full-scale strike. The municipality, situated in the North West and known for its farming towns, is under section 139 administration and has applied to the national government for temporary exemption from the wage deal, which was struck more than two months ago. The deal, facilitated by the South African Local Government...
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The Municipal Demarcation Board’s decision to merge the Midvaal Municipality with the Emfuleni Municipality was set aside on Tuesday by the High Court in Pretoria, opening the way for the opposition party to retain the only council it runs in Gauteng in next year’s local government election. Midvaal Municipality is run by the Democratic Alliance (DA), while Emfuleni Municipality is run by the African National Congress (ANC). The merger would have created a fourth metropole in...
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The City of Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit, including Law Enforcement and the South African Police Service on Tuesday today removed 45 illegally erected, unoccupied structures in an area in Mfuleni. During the subsequent violent protests which occurred, police arrested about 16 participants. Most of the material has been removed to discourage further land invasion attempts and the area continues to be monitored. The City has thwarted constant attempts to invade serviced plots in this...
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The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) is demanding answers­ from the office of the Public Protector, after a low-cost housing project has been stalled for six years at Unit 13’s Phase 4 area. Sanco member Dumisani Mthalane said the organisation is demanding answers from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela after she visited the area in 2010 and promised to investigate the matter, but has still not come back with her findings. In 1998, a housing project, consisting of...
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The delegation of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, including the speaker, Mangaliso Matika, repeatedly had to call the fuming residents of Jacksonville to order when they addressed a meeting, warning the residents against the illegal occupation of land that was earmarked for development. The residents started grabbing land last weekend after reportedly being given the go-ahead by their ward councillor, Dennis Pienaar. The speaker called a community meeting on Friday (11/09), aimed at finding...
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