PMB: growth supports metro status — expert

2008-04-29 00:00

UNIVERSITY OF KZN economist Clive Coetzee supports Msunduzi Municipality becoming a metro, saying that “the level of growth and maturity reached by the regional economy is astounding and remarkable, to say the least”.

In his submission to the municipal demarcation board supporting metro status, Coetzee said Msunduzi, with Richards Bay, is the second dominant economy in the province and the dominant economy in the region.

“Economic activity is also becoming more concentrated in the Pietermaritzburg business areas, attracting producers and consumers from all corners of the province.”

In addition, Coetzee said, “the uMgungundlovu District Municipality is unfortunately in such a bad state that it cannot fulfil its roles and responsibilities in any manner whatsoever”.

“Msunduzi, however, can step in and take over if upgraded to a metro municipality.

“This will have a material impact on service delivery in this district,” he added.

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