Malamulele too poor for own municipality

2015-02-08 14:05
People on the road to Relela before the rains chased them away. (Marietie Louw, Beeld)

People on the road to Relela before the rains chased them away. (Marietie Louw, Beeld)

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Cape Town - The violence-wracked town of Malamulele in Limpopo is too poor to have its own municipality and would have to rely on national government hand-outs for 82% of its budget, says Municipal Demarcation Board chairperson Jane Thupana.

According to the Sunday Times, Thupana defended the board’s decision not to grant Malamulele residents a standalone municipality and said the area was too dependent on the neighbouring town of Thohoyandou.

Meanwhile last week, the ANC welcomed an intervention by Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan to help resolve the town’s problems.

Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement that it supported Gordhan's proposal, following the Municipal Demarcation Board's rejection of a proposal for a separate municipality in the area.

Poor service delivery

The town has been wracked by protests for the past few months, with residents demanding a separate municipality on the back of complaints about poor service delivery by the Thulamela municipality.

Thupana did however say last week that fresh proposals for the area could be entertained.

The cycle for consideration of proposals normally opened after local government elections.

Gordhan could, however, ask the MDB to consider proposals at other times.

Gordhan's office said in a statement on the department's website that he had requested the MDB to consider alternative outer boundaries of not viable municipalities, including for the Malamulele area.

The ministry said that a team would also be established to ensure services reached all communities in Malamulele.

Kodwa said: "The ANC calls upon all its members, the alliance partners and the community of Malumelele to give the engagement process a chance".

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