District’s metro dream ends

2013-08-08 00:00

THE hopes of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality to become a metropolitan municipality have been dashed after its application was turned down by the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB).

This emerged yesterday after the board issued a notice listing the proposed redetermination of municipal boundaries to be taken for consultation.

The board had initially received a total of 1 028 proposals and the number was cut down to 204, after 824 proposals were rejected last year.

At its meeting last Thursday, the board considered the 204 proposals, one of which was to recategorise the uMgungundlovu district into a metro municipality.

The meeting decided not to consider the uMgungundlovu application in this round of redrawing municipal boundaries.

This was despite the municipal bosses being confident five months ago of a favourable outcome, after they received backing for their application from those municipalities under their jurisdiction.

District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee last night said he was not aware of the latest development, and could not comment because he had not read the notice.

In its notice, the board said the proposal to move the King Shaka International Airport from the eThekwini Metro Municipality and incorporate it into KwaDukuza Municipality had also been shelved.

This also applied to moving the town of Tongaat from eThekwini to the Ndwedwe municipality.

While the MDB has given the nod for some changes in the boundaries of several municipalities pending objections, certain municipalities will cease to exist and others lose some of their wards and land to others.

There are five new proposed municipalities, to be formed by amalgamating two in each instance.

The municipalities to be amalgamated are the following:

• Hlabisa and Big Five;

• Ezinqoleni and Hibiscus Coast;

• Imbabazane and Umtshezi;

Indaka and Ladysmith; and

• KwaSani and Ingwe.

Board chairperson Landiwe Mahlangu said the redetermination of the municipal boundaries would be published in provincial gazettes between today and Monday.

He said people would have to submit written objections within 30 days of the publication of the notices.

The closing date for objections is September 16.

The board would make final decisions on the redetermination of municipal boundaries on September 30.

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