City hall to host legislature sittings as chamber undergoes revamp

2016-04-04 12:20
Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday. (Kailene Pillay)

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Pietermaritzburg - For the next four months the Pietermaritzburg City Hall will host sittings of the provincial legislature.

The Msunduzi executive committee has approved a request by the legislature to use the council facilities while the chamber at the legislature undergoes a revamp to its audiovisual system.

According to a letter written by the secretary of the legislature, Nerusha Naidoo, to the municipality, the legislature would use the council chambers until the end of July.

Naidoo said the system at the legislature was old, “having been installed in 1995”.

“The discussions we have had with the Department of Public Works is for the site handover to take place on March 14, 2016,” she said.

The council’s executive committee may have to look for an alternative venue if there is a clash between their programme and that of the legislature.

“In the interests of protocol and intergovernmental relations, and the number of members that attend the sittings, it would be recommended that the Exco accede to the request of the legislature to utilise the council chamber and that an alternative venue is sought for the meetings of Exco,” reads a document discussed by the executive committee last week.

DA caucus leader Bill Lambert asked what would happen if the committee needed to have an emergency full council meeting and a legislature sitting was scheduled to take place in the council chambers. “Who will win that?” he asked.

Lambert also asked what would happen if the legislature overstayed its welcome. “What if their renovations are not finished by the end of July as promised?”

Mayor Chris Ndlela encouraged councillors “not to look beyond what is happening”.

“We will cross that bridge when we get there,” he said.

The committee then resolved to approve the legislature’s request.

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