Matat move to KZN in the spotlight

2017-05-19 06:00
 Photo: suppliedAt a media briefing (from left) Mayor Momelezi Mbedla, Municipal Manager, Dr Tsepang Nakin and Head of Communications, Olwethu Gwanya.

Photo: suppliedAt a media briefing (from left) Mayor Momelezi Mbedla, Municipal Manager, Dr Tsepang Nakin and Head of Communications, Olwethu Gwanya.

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THE Mayor ofMatatieleLocal Municipality, Momelezi Mbedla, asked the residents and businesses to calm down and not “disturb” the process of “moving” Matatielefrom the Eastern Capeto KwaZulu-Natal.

At a media briefing on Monday, Mbedla spoke about the matter after discussions had been held to move the town to KZN. He said as the leadership of the municipality, they have noted the latest developments in this regard and said at this stage, the matter is not a government decision, rather it is a political discussion between two parties.

“Our mandate is to transform the lives of people for the better. The national leadership of the ANC is leading discussions and the council has decided to allow the consultation processes to continue.

“In our meetings with the national leadership, we have assured both parties of our maximum participation in the procedure. We have also agreed that we will not disturb the process instead we will wait for the outcome,” said Mbedla.

On April 24, the African Independent Congress (AIC) and the ruling party agreed to develop a road map and project plan to set out consultative process and legal steps that have to be followed to move the town to KZN.

When the ruling party lost power in EkurhuleniMetropolitanMunicipalityand RustenburgLocalMunicipalityin last year’s elections, the party entered a coalition with AIC to retain power. The AIC agreed to the coalition on condition that Matatiele be moved to KwaZulu-Natal, open an agricultural college and tar all provincial roads leading toLesotho.

According to the agreement, the ANC has until November to complete legislative processes and failing to do so AIC president, Mandla Galo, threatens to withdraw from the coalition.

President of the Matatiele Business Chamber, Zolile Mosweu said the municipality must stop focusing aboutEastern Capeor KZN, instead they must build a strong relationship with business people to seek ways that can grow the local economy. He said moving to KZN won’t affect their businesses.

 

THE Mayor of

Matatiele

Local

Municipality , Momelezi Mbedla, asked the residents and businesses to calm down and not “disturb” the process of “moving” Matatiele from the Eastern Cape to

KwaZulu-Natal .

At a media briefing on Monday, Mbedla spoke about the matter after discussions had been held to move the town to KZN.
He said as the leadership of the municipality, they have noted the latest developments in this regard and said at this stage, the matter is not a government decision, rather it is a political discussion between two parties. 

“Our mandate is to transform the lives of people for the better. The national leadership of the ANC is leading discussions and the council has decided to allow the consultation processes to continue.

“In our meetings with the national leadership, we have assured both parties of our maximum participation in the procedure. We have also agreed that we will not disturb the process instead we will wait for the outcome,” said Mbedla.

On April 24, the African Independent Congress (AIC) and the ruling party agreed to develop a road map and project plan to set out consultative process and legal steps that have to be followed to move the town to KZN.

When the ruling party lost power in Ekurhuleni

Metropolitan

Municipality

and Rustenburg

Local

Municipality

in last year’s elections, the party entered a coalition with AIC to retain power.

The AIC agreed to the coalition on condition that Matatiele be moved to KwaZulu-Natal, open an agricultural college and tar all provincial roads leading to Lesotho

.

According to the agreement, the ANC has until November to complete legislative processes and failing to do so AIC president, Mandla Galo, threatens to withdraw from the coalition.

President of the Matatiele Business Chamber, Zolile Mosweu said the municipality must stop focusing about Eastern Cape

or KZN, instead they must build a strong relationship with business people to seek ways that can grow the local economy. He said moving to KZN won’t affect their businesses.

 

 

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