Group to tackle SA’s municipal failings

2012-05-04 00:00

AMENDMENTS to the Constitution are needed to address the issue of failed service delivery and soaring municipal rates across the country.

This was topic discussed at a conference called by the Howick and Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday.

Various businesspeople representing ratepayers, industrial interests and the unemployed attended.

As issues were raised, a decision was taken to establish a new national organisation to be known as the SA Business Leaders’, Landowners’ and Citizens’ Action Group to tackle issues in municipal service delivery.

The president of the Midlands Chamber of Commerce, John Tungay, said the new action group intended to engage municipalities countrywide, with uMngeni and uMgungundlovu being priorities.

The aim was to hold joint monthly meetings between municipal managers and selected local experts to discuss a wide range of subjects.

“The Mayor of uMngeni, Mbali Myeni, acknowledged in her address that the conference was handling matters of critical importance,” said Tungay.

Myeni said she wanted to be kept informed of recommendations of the local chambers and the new action group so that her municipality could contribute positively to the chamber’s next conference.

The next conference will be held on July 25 and 26 to draft strategies to be taken to the national parliament and local government.

The strategies are intended to achieve changes to municipal governance to align it with the Constitution.

The lack of a municipal manager for uMngeni Municipality was also brought up. The mayor said the municipality was about to re-advertise the post.

— Witness Reporter.

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