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Political parties contesting national elections on May 7 weighed in on service delivery protests in the country during a pre-election debate on Tuesday, but could not agree on the reason for them. While opposition parties expect to capitalise on rumbles of discontent from grassroots community members, the African National Congress (ANC) is in a fierce fight to defend its track record in governance over the past 20 years. Municipalities are at the coalface of service delivery and usually...
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Voters in five provinces headed to the polls on Wednesday to contest municipal by-elections amid increasing campaigning by political parties. These are not the last by-elections before national elections on May 7, but parties can be expected to make much of the results on Thursday. A total 58,426 voters were eligible to take part in by-elections in nine wards, contested by 21 candidates from six political parties. Three wards — two in the Nelson Mandela Bay region and one in...
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Zululand district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal will have to find a new mayor after the incumbent, National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, said at the weekend she would vacate the seat after the May 7 national elections and head for the National Assembly. Ms KaMagwaza-Msibi’s party garnered more than 1.2-million votes in the 2011 local government elections held three months after it was formed in February 2011. But the NFP has been plagued by infighting and jostling...
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Within 20 years, the City of Tshwane will subsidise residents who travel to work on their bicycles to increase the number of commuters who cycle from 1% to 10%, the municipal roads and transport department’s Bavusile Ramekane said on Monday. However, new by-laws to transform cycling into a means of commuter transport in Gauteng’s municipalities have thus far had little effect on road conditions for cyclists. In addition, insufficient funding for cycling infrastructure could limit...
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Over 23 000 households in Dinokana village, outside Zeerust in the North West, will have improved access to safe potable water after a R22 million water reticulation project was launched on Monday. Premier Thandi Modise launched the project, which saw nearly 1 000 people attending as part of the celebration of National Water Week. The Dinokana project forms part of the R150-million Premier's legacy intervention projects, aimed at providing potable drinking water and sanitation to...
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The eThekwini Municipality would spend R1.5 million on airtime vouchers in the next two years, according to a report from the city’s supply chain management unit. The report, tabled before the executive committee, gave no indication of intended recipients, but municipal spokesman Thabo Mofokeng said the airtime was for field workers. “It is requested through our stores, as it is a stock item. There are strict controls, including a requisition process, that is authorised by the...
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Some buildings in and around Durban’s CBD are being illegally used as makeshift inner-city housing, with their owners violating numerous bylaws by not providing proper ventilation or fire escapes, and having “unorthodox” room sizes. “Blocked storm-water and sewer pipes are the norm,” eThekwini Municipality spokesman, Thabo Mofokeng, said after several buildings were raided last night. Several people were arrested and building supervisors were handed fines....
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Residents in parts of KwaMashu hostel have been forced to use buckets after the eThekwini Municipality removed the communal portable toilets to make way for the new flush system. But the new toilets are not yet operational, and the buckets are being emptied on the ground. Ironically the new toilets are being installed as part of a programme to eradicate the bucket system, which is still in use in many of the informal settlements in KwaZulu-Natal. Municipality spokesman, Thabo Mofokeng...
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