Name for merging municipalities ‘not on hold’

2016-02-04 06:00

Recent media reports have stated that the name for the new municipality has been out on hold. However these reports were slammed by Hibiscus Coast municipal spokesperson, Simon April and Cogta spokesperson Mswawakhe Mayisela.

Reports indicate that Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Mncube disagreed with the name because it is the name of MEC of Education­, Peggy Nkonyeni’s late husband, Ray Nkonyeni.

The new name will represent the Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) Ezinqoleni Municipality.

Another report said the MECs do not see eye to eye which is why Dube-Ncube is against the name. This was allegedly said by Dube-Mncube at a meeting at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre two weeks ago. HCM spokesperson Simon April said he does not know how these reports surfaced.

“The MEC never said the name should be put on hold - she said that when the name is considered and several issues have to be looked at. The name must attract investors so many things have to be considered when naming a municipality.”

When asked to comment on the allegations of Dube-Ncube having issues with Nkonyeni, April said it is mischievous to say Dube-Ncube raised the issues because she is in conflict with Nkonyeni.

He said the MEC for Cogta merely requested a reconsideration regarding the name. Cogta spokesperson Mswawakhe Mayisela spoke on behalf of Dube­-Ncube responding to the reports.

Mayisela said Dube-Ncube has a good working relationship Nkonyeni as members of the Executive, who both grew up within the ranks of their political organisation and have for years exhibited unrivaled comradeship.

“It is not true there are hostilities between them, that resulted in our MEC not subscribing to the proposal of naming Hibiscus Coast Municipality after the late Ray Nkonyeni, the husband of Nkonyeni.”

Mayisela said the only thing that Dube-Ncube suggested to merging municipalities is to consult with communities and stakeholders.

“Before meeting the change management committee of Ugu District Municipality, Cogta MEC’s first stop was Harry Gwala, where a proposal was made to name a new municipality as a result of the merger of KwaSani and Ingwe, after AU Chair Nkasazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“Our MEC remained non-committal on the debate around the new names of merging municipalities. She encouraged municipalities to consult with communities to ensure the proposed names bring unity and create opportunities for positioning municipalities positively, economically and potential investors,” said Mayisela.

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