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The Kouga Municipality owes their creditors a whopping amount of R28 578 million. According to the agenda of the special council meeting held on August 3, the municipality owes the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality R1 495 million and has debt to the amount of R19 649 million by the Department of Transport. They furthermore owe the Office of the Auditor General R4 181 and other creditors R3 253 million. An amount of close to R18 million was recently paid to Eskom to settle the account....
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Coming out of administration and facing continuous problems, the ­Mpofana Municipality has buckled down with a long-term plan to address issues in their region. The municipality, which presides over Mooi River and surrounding areas, has in recent years been associated with news, especially since its council was dissolved last year after service delivery protests flamed throughout its wards. However, fresh out of its national intervention, Mpofana Mayor Maureen Magubane sat with The Witness...
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The municipal manager of Madibeng local municipality, Monde Juta must return to his position at the municipality, the ANC in Bojanala said on Tuesday. “Officials in Madibeng and mayoral committee members [MMC] must be reinstated to create stability in the region,” said regional secretary Tokyo Mataboge. “There are several challenges in the region with regard to stability, as the REC [Regional Executive Committee] we have resolved that there must be no change in government...
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Roads agency Sanral has been accused of forging villagers’ signatures in an attempt to convince the courts that the planned construction of the N2 Wild Coast toll road, to connect KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, has wide support. Villagers living along the Wild Coast are opposed to the construction of the highway and have approached the courts in an attempt to stop the project. They argue that the highway will displace them from their homes, ruin their ancestral lands, desecrate their...
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The troubled Oudtshoorn municipality in the Western Cape will be put under administration, the national department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs said on Friday. "The province took a decision yesterday [Thursday]... to intervene," Cogta Deputy Director General Themba Fosi told News24. "We have received the notice as required constitutionally, requesting the minister to approve [the decision]." The department, as well as Minister Pravin Gordhan, has been...
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In an attempt to call the Ingonyama Trust to heel, the Mandeni Municipality turned to the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg to recover more than R22m in unpaid rates. On Monday, the municipality reportedly launched an urgent application to try and force the Trust, which was established in 1994, to pay the outstanding amount plus interest. The application was adjourned until August 13. The Trust filed an intention to defend the action. Mandeni Municipal Manager Lulamilo Maphaloba said...
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A couple from Cato Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal, who offered displaced refugees a place to live after a spate of xenophobic attacks spread across the province, have been warned to evict the refugees by the first week of September. "The deadline has been set for September 6 to September 9," farm owner Rae Wartnaby told News24. She said municipal officials told her husband, Andrew, at a meeting two weeks ago that the couple had violated municipal by-laws. "They haven't told us [which...
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Most of South Africa’s 800 municipal water treatment plants are releasing raw sewage into the country’s rivers. Water affairs department officials say they have been told to look the other way until after next year’s local government elections. “We have been led to understand that until the 2016 elections there should be less focus on exposing any wrongdoings at municipal plants,” says a water affairs enforcement official, who insisted on anonymity. There was no...
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A lack of skills and capacity among municipalities in SA is at the heart of poor water service delivery — 28% of the country’s towns have inadequate water supply — chief engineer in the Department of Water and Sanitation Allestair Wensley said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Southern African Development Community National Water Week-SA workshop‚ Mr Wensley said insidious water leaks in households and ageing infrastructure were a great source of concern as municipalities...
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SA’s water crisis has already begun, with "water shedding" taking place in parts of KwaZulu-Natal as a result of drought, Wiero Vogelzang, MD of engineering consultants GIBB, said on Friday. SA’s water shortages would not be as immediately visible as the load shedding arising from electricity shortages, he said. Rather, a water crisis would creep up gradually and by the time the dams were dry it would be too late. The problem will slowly become evident as water quality...
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