Rates: MEC reassures legislature

2008-04-18 00:00

Local Government MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu yesterday assured members of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature that his department will continue to play an oversight role to ensure the smooth implementation of the Municipal Property Rates Act.

Mabuyakhulu was outlining his department’s 2008/09 budget when MPLs expressed disappointment at the confusion surrounding the implementation of the act.

George Mari, the DA’s KZN spokesman on local government, said the MEC should take his share of the responsibility for the controversial eThekwini Municipality property valuations.

The DA’s finance spokesman, Johan Krog, called on the MEC to intervene in eThekwini.

However, Mabuyakhulu said all eight municipalities that have begun implementing the act are now doing well.

The department will establish 11 Valuation Appeal Boards to address appeals raised by ratepayers, he said.

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