New municipality name delay explained

2016-11-17 06:01

THERE have been many assumptions and theories why the new Ray Nkonyeni Municipality logo is taking so long to be finalised.

It has come to Fever’s attention that the reason for the delay could be that the name of the new municipality was supposed to be spelt “Rey”, not “Ray”.

The late Ray, or Rey Nkonyeni, was an anti-apartheid activist and an ANC member from Gamalakhe and he was married to former KZN MEC for Education, Peggy Nkonyeni.

Peggy had not replied to questions sent to her in connection with the spelling­ of his name at the time of going to press, but a family member, who is not authorised to speak to the media, confirmed to Fever that the correct spelling of Nkonyeni’s name was Rey, not Ray.

In a media briefing in October, municipal manager Max Mbili said the logo­ will be presented to council for approval this month. He said once that had taken place, the logo will then be made public in the second half of November.

Ray Nkonyeni Municipality spokesperson Simon April said the allegation of the delay is now known to the municipality.

“All one can say is that the delay is as a result of what was presented at the media briefing. The name of the municipality has been finalised and Gazetted and is therefore official. It is anticipated that the logo and colours will be finalised before the end of the year,” said April.

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