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Dennis Pienaar, ward councillor, admitted that he had fully pledged his support to the Jacksonville residents who had built shacks on the land belonging to the Sol Plaatje Municipality. According to Pienaar the needs of the immediate residents of Jacksonville are being ignored, while residents from other wards are given land rights before them. Pienaar condemned the housing waiting list that the residents had to register on. “What was said about land was true, that it was for those in the...
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The Democratic Alliance said on Saturday it will oppose the merger of the North West munipalities of Tlokwe and Ventersdorp in the High Court. The party also condemned the violent protests this weekend by residents opposed to the proposed merger. "The Democratic Alliance in North West condemns the looting of buildings and violence during protests that escalated this weekend," said Juanita Terblanche‚ a DA member of parliament and the party’s constituency head for the...
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A debate on the challenges of the structure of the municipal funding model turned into a DA versus ANC governance debate, as members of the Western Cape Legislature blamed each other for financial woes of municipalities. Introducing the debate, DA MPL Masizole Mnqasela argued that the municipal grant funding model needed an overhaul. He said that in 1994 the ANC promised a better life for all but instead “delivered a better life for some”. “We don’t believe in political...
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A whopping R182 million earmarked for much-needed services in the City of Polokwane could be returning to the National Treasury unspent. This in spite of the overwhelming sanitation backlog, which the council admitted had taken away the dignity of residents in rural settlements. The municipality stated in its latest integrated development plan (IDP) that more than half the residents didn’t have adequate sanitation. “Sanitation is about dignity. Areas without proper sanitation...
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The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has expressed its willingness to work with Eskom in the supply of electricity to consumers. This comes a few months after Eskom’s suggestion that it was considering bypassing municipalities and directly charging consumers for electricity. This was part of Eskom’s plan to cut its huge R8 billion debt owed by municipalities. In its annual report before Parliament, Salga said it had struck an agreement with Eskom on the supply of...
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The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) has announced its decision to re-determine certain ward demarcations and municipal boundaries in the country, ahead of the 2016 Local Elections. Board Chairperson Jane Thupana on Thursday announced the decisions following Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Pravin Gordhan’s request that the MDB consider the determination and re-determination of boundaries of certain municipalities, with a view to make them more sustainable...
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The Mahikeng High Court in the North West has ordered Pilanesberg Platinum Mine to halt operations on the Wilgerspruit farm near Sun City. This follows an agreement between lawyers representing the mine and those representing the Lesetlheng Community. The community wants the mine to halt all its activities and restore possession of the farm to it. Lesethleng community bought Wilgerspruit in 1919 but at the time - they were not allowed to own land. The farm was registered in the state's name...
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The Municipal Demarcation Board has handed over the first batch of final municipal ward boundaries for the 2016 local government elections to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Thursday. "While we have already been working for many months preparing for the upcoming municipal elections, the handover of the final ward boundaries is, in many respects, the starting gun for our final lap of preparations for the elections," IEC vice chairperson Terry Tselane said in a statement...
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The cash-strapped Matjhabeng Local Municipality is contemplating legal action against all non-paying consumers. This comes after Sedibeng Water threatened to cut the supply of drinking water to the municipality because of their failure to settle a huge bill. In a statement issued on Tuesday, 25 August, the municipality stated it owed the supplier more than R1 billion due to unpaid debt by consumers. The municipality further stated it was no longer able to render free services....
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Chaos erupted last week at the council chambers in the Rustenburg municipality as a group of rebel ANC councillors protested against a decision by the North West ANC to remove Speaker Boipelo Marekoa-Kodongo and council whip Happy Serongoane. The disputed meeting continued until the early hours of Wednesday morning and when it ended, both Marekoa-Kodongo and Serongoane had lost their jobs.  But a later intervention by Luthuli House saw another special meeting held in the evening and the...
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