Council battles worry business

2009-12-11 00:00

BUSINESS in Pietermaritzburg has raised concerns about the rifts in the Msunduzi Municipality.

In a statement issued by the president of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB), Tinus Havinga, yesterday following a meeting with the head of the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Ministry, Kisa Dlamini, the chamber said it has grown dissatisfied with the council’s performance.

The meeting was held at the chamber office on Tuesday with former PCB president Zinhle Sokhela and chamber CEO Andrew Layman.

Havinga said,“The extent of the internal strife has distracted both its political and administrative leaders to the detriment of service delivery and sound governance and management. A number of particular concerns were outlined to Dlamini who will report to the MEC.”

He added that the chamber believes intervention by the provincial government is essential if the city is to regain the kind of performance and credibility that reflect its capital status.

The chamber will continue to press the matter until something is done to give hope that there will be an improvement and positive development, Havinga added.

Departmental spokesman Lennox Mabaso said the contents of the meeting cannot be divulged at this stage, adding that business is an important stakeholder in the department.

“We do from time to time meet with business to listen and draw ideas on how we can take the municipalities and the province forward,” he said.

Meanwhile, the ANC has criticised The Witness for its front page story yesterday, saying there is no attempt to oust Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo.

Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said there is no reason for the ANC to attempt to oust the mayor, who is continuing in her duties “as per the mandate of the ANC, which deployed her to this post”.

Zikalala described as “blatant lies” the allegation that the provincial executive committee (PEC) has met the regional executive committee (REC) to discuss Hlatshwayo’s fate. Nor has the REC of Moses Mabhida region ever asked the PEC to remove Hlatshwayo from her post, he added.

“It is therefore mischievous for The Witness to state that the PEC is divided on an issue it has never been tasked to deal with,” said Zikalala.

He said hat the PEC had never discussed the issues of Hlatshwayo and council speaker Alpha Shelembe as individuals in any meeting, and that the story is full of lies and sensationalism.

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