No hullabaloo over borders please — Dube

2012-05-10 00:00

THERE is no need to panic or to cry over municipal boundaries in KwaZulu-Natal, according to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube.

The assurance from Dube comes in the wake of rumours doing the rounds about changes in municipal boundaries.

In response to questions whether certain municipalities would be swallowed by others on the basis of viability, Dube said: “People need to spread facts, not fears”.

“Yes, the Demarcation Board, in keeping with our constitutional mandate of participatory democracy, has opened the issue of municipal boundaries to the public for comments.”

Durban newspapers reported that ceding significant portions of eThekwini Municipality to KwaDukuza (Stanger) Municipality would ensure equitable distribution of the province’s wealth and give the sustainability of the smaller municipality a shot in the arm.

Ilembe district had submitted proposals to the Municipal Demarcation Board to have Verulam and Tongaat placed under KwaDukuza’s authority.

Subsequently, eThekwini might also have to part with the prime revenue generator King Shaka International Airport and Dube TradePort.

uMgungundlovu District Municipality, with its family of municipalities, has applied to become a metro by 2016. This was confirmed by Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi, who said it would mean growth for the Midlands.

Dube said: “These are just comments from various stakeholders, including ratepayers’ formations, political parties, individuals and so forth. But there is no official stance — neither by the [demarcation] board nor the government to suggest changes in municipal boundaries.”

She asked leaders not to create a hullabaloo around the discussions. “Yes, we may make our comments to the board, but to start issuing public statements tends to suggest that there is some official position on the table, which is not actually the case,” said Dube. — Witness Reporter.

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