Locals gather for demarcation meeting

2013-04-11 12:30
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Vereeniging - Hundreds of residents gathered in Vereeniging's town hall on Thursday morning ahead of a public consultation meeting on a proposal to merge three municipalities, including the only DA-run municipality in Gauteng.

The proposal to merge the Midvaal, Emfuleni and Sedibeng municipalities was first made last year.
Thursday's meeting would include presentations by the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB), stakeholders and members of the public.

In November, Emfuleni executive Mayor Greta Hlongwane defended the proposed merger between her region and Midvaal, and said it would create a single authority to the benefit of the area.

"The benefits of a single authority are immense and far outweigh risks."

She said the Midvaal region had the potential to become an important hub for growth in Gauteng in the coming years.

The merger has been criticised by the Democratic Alliance, which runs the Midvaal municipality.

The DA said it would create added expense and would adversely affect service delivery. The party also said the planned merger was intended to serve the African National Congress, as Midvaal was the only DA-run municipality in Gauteng.

Hlongwane rejected the criticism.

"We have noted some negative comments which intend to scare residents from supporting the establishment of a metropolitan municipality comprising these two municipalities," she said.

She said a merger would create a bigger "economy of scale" and improve services by making them more efficient and reducing bureaucracy.

"Clearly, there are many benefits associated with an establishment of a metro which include among others: economies of scale by having a bigger and single authority within the Vaal Triangle area, improved services as a result of removing duplications, a much more efficient and effective administration by cutting bureaucratic red tape," Hlongwane said.
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