GKM Viewpoint

2017-12-08 06:00

GREETINGS to the residents of GKM.

Thetha Nonembeza

The festive season is upon us and already we can see the volume of traffic on the roads has started increasing. This means all of us must exercise extreme caution in order to arrive alive. We will be soon launching our festive season road safety programme called Thetha Nonembeza

Waste collection

The municipality has acquired a new compactor truck for waste collection. This adds to the current fleet we have. The mayor will launch a two-week cleaning campaign that will focus on all our areas. We have also procured the services of local contractors to assist with grass cutting that is needed in most of our parks and other areas.

Municipal GIS website

There is now a Greater Kokstad Municipal GIS website which can be used to view locality, layout plans of Kokstad erven, Greater Kokstad roads and Greater Kokstad municipal land uses, to name a few.

The website address is gis6.mhpgeospace.co.za/kokstad/ One can also access the website on their smartphone. For more information on how to use the website, contact the GIS office and ask for Anathi Mpepanduku during office hours on 039 797 6671/6600.

Rental Housing Tribunal

• What a rental housing tribunal is

The KZN Rental Housing Tribunal is an independent statutory body established by the MEC, in terms of Section 7 of the Rental Housing Act (Act no 50 of 1999), to resolve disputes between tenants and landlords arising out of unfair practices.

The primary function of the tribunal is to promote stability in the rental housing sector by resolving disputes that arise between tenants and landlords in residential dwellings (flats, privately owned houses, shacks, communes, backyard rooms/outbuildings, etc).

The services of the rental housing tribunal are available throughout the province at no cost to the disputing parties and there is no need to involve attorneys. The tribunal is tasked with responsibilities to educate, provide information and advice to tenants and landlords with regards to their rights and obligations.

• Powers and functions of the tribunal

In terms of the Rental Housing Act (Act No. 50 of 1999) and the regulations thereof, the Rental Housing Tribunal is vested with rights and obligations to:

• receive complaints lodged by either tenants or landlords;

• conduct mediation or hearings to resolve disputes between tenants and landlords;

• rule that any person must comply with a provision of the regulations relating to unfair practices;

• refer a matter for an investigation to the relevant competent body or local authority where it would appear that the provisions of any law have been or are being contravened;

• make any ruling that is just and fair to terminate any unfair practice, including, without detracting from the generality of the aforegoing, a ruling to discontinue;

• overcrowding;

• unacceptable living conditions;

• exploitative rentals; and

• lack of maintenance.

For the Greater Kokstad Rental Housing Tribunal, visit the municipality at 75 Hope Street. Or contact Hombisa Dada on 039 797 6600/6712.

Provincial contacts are:

Address: Murchies Passage, Eagle Building, 9th floor, 353-363 Dr Prixley Ka Seme (West Street), Durban, 4001

Address: Private Bag X 54367, Durban, 4000

Phone: 031 372 1800 or 031 372 1806/04

Fax: 031 372 1831 or 031 372 1816/28

Email: info.rht@kzndhs.gov.za

Working hours are 7.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Thank you for lending me your eyes and ears. Let’s meet next week, same time, same place.

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