Key points from rates protest

2010-02-01 00:00

RESIDENTS from the northern suburbs met at Northdale’s Truro Hall last week, as part of a public- protest meeting organised by the Msunduzi Rates Forum.

The forum arranged for Gordon Haygarth to deliver a keynote address, as he had played a major role in the uMngeni ratepayers’ fight to have their rates reviewed.

During Haygarth’s address, the following key points were made:

• The municipality failed to implement the Property Rates Act properly;

• Quality control failed;

• Independent monitoring has not been provided effectively;

• Internal auditing has failed to identify the problems;

• The auditor-general has not pinpointed the problem;

• The then MEC failed to monitor the implementation properly and take suitable action; and

• The national department failed to handle the situation.

Haygarth concluded by saying: “The result is that too rapid an implementation of the act, without adequate preparation, has brought the new system into disrepute with ratepayers. This is unfortunate, as the current intention is to enter into contracts for a fresh valuation roll, commencing 2011 — without the outstanding issues identified above.”

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