Hall hire: new rates could stop crèches

2011-07-18 00:00

AS the new school term starts today, fears have been expressed that many crèches operating in municipal halls will not reopen following the 875% increase in tariffs from July 1.

During Friday’s special council meeting, Democratic Alliance executive committee member Mergan Chetty asked why the council had increased tariffs from R40 to R400 per day in the middle of the year.

“The decision … could see a lot of children not returning to pre-schools because their parents can not afford to pay the municipality for the halls.”

Administrator Sibusiso Sithole said it must be understood that the municipality “pays a lot of money to maintain these properties and some of the institutions like churches make a lot of money somehow, so they need to pay the municipality in order to properly maintain these properties”.

Acting municipal manager Thokozani Maseko will consider all possible avenues before making a final decision on the new municipal property tariff.

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