Old towns to get a revamp

2011-03-25 07:33

Dilapidated towns in Gauteng such as Vereeniging, Germiston and Krugersdorp will soon get a make-over, local government MEC Humphrey Mmemezi said yesterday.

The plan would also entailed revitalising Thembisa, until it resembled “Sandton or Soweto”.

“We are going to inject funds and invite the private sector,” he told reporters in Boksburg.

“Even old towns would become more attractive for residents and for business.”

The process of incorporating Nokeng, Kungwini and Metsweding into Tshwane was also on track.

Mmemezi said threats of protest action against the move were “ill-informed”. The Metsweding Demarcation Forum had threatened further protests over what it described as an “unconstitutional” merger.

The forum’s main objection had been lack of consultation with residents. He however said the government and ANC had held extensive discussions with locals.

The main problem facing the Tshwane merger was finances, Mmemezi said.

The merger was considered a “pilot project” for the Gauteng government – part of a long-term plan to have only five municipalities with two metros.

“To have a number of municipalities, you are not able to deliver and not able to help the communities.”

The number of municipalities has already been reduced from 15 to 12. All four West Rand municipalities would be merged by 2016.

Plans were also afoot to incorporate Balfour, the Mpumalanga town plagued by service delivery protests last year, into Gauteng.

The MEC was briefing the media after mayors reported to him on their terms in office, which would end in May.

Gauteng municipalities were “doing well” and delivering services to “all” residents in the province, Mmemezi said.

“We think municipalities of Gauteng are doing very well. In terms of providing basic services to the community. Indeed we are pleased to report that every household is getting basic services that they deserve. Even illegal landowners.”

There had been a several service delivery protests in the province in 2009 and last year, strikes by municipal workers, and a public outcry over billing problems in the City of Johannesburg.

Mmemezi said municipal accounts in Johannesburg were “improving almost on a monthly basis”.

The Lesedi municipality, which had Heidelberg as its seat, needed roads and stormwater drains. About R240 million was required to reseal or rebuild about 120km of road.

In the last five years the municipality had upgraded its electricity infrastructure for R35 million.

The Randfontein municipality received an unqualified audit for the last two years and revenue collection had improved.

A comprehensive report from each mayor would be released soon.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.