Municipalities amalgamated

2016-06-29 06:00
FROM the left are Bradley Swartland (provincial advisor for transition and amalgamation), Abraham Vosloo (executive mayor of the ZF Mgcawu Municipality), Limakatso Koloi (mayor of the //Khara Hais Municipality), Alvin Botes (MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs), Magrieta Eiman (mayor of the Mier Municipality) and Denver van Heerden (head at the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs). These stakeholders have welcomed the decision to amalgamate the two local municipalities into the Dawid Kruiper Municipality. Photo: Boipelo Mere

FROM the left are Bradley Swartland (provincial advisor for transition and amalgamation), Abraham Vosloo (executive mayor of the ZF Mgcawu Municipality), Limakatso Koloi (mayor of the //Khara Hais Municipality), Alvin Botes (MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs), Magrieta Eiman (mayor of the Mier Municipality) and Denver van Heerden (head at the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs). These stakeholders have welcomed the decision to amalgamate the two local municipalities into the Dawid Kruiper Municipality. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE Mier Local Municipality and the //Khara Hais Local Municipality have been amalgamated. This was confirmed on Monday (27/06) by Alvin Botes, MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), when he briefed the media at the CoGHSTA provincial offices.

Botes also announced that the name of the amalgamated municipality would be the Dawid Kruiper Municipality.

He was accompanied by Abraham Vosloo (executive mayor of the ZF Mgcawu Municipality), Magrieta Eiman (mayor of Mier Municipality) and Limakatso Koloi (mayor of the //Khara Hais Municipality).

Botes stated that the amalgamation was aimed at optimising the financial viability of the new municipality.

He said all necessary processes have been followed with regard to both municipalities in deciding on the name change.

“The local municipalities of Mier and //Khara Hais had established an advisory committee, chaired by the mayors, which reported to the individual councils on the process towards the new name of the amalgamated municipality,” said Botes.

He added that ward meetings at both municipalities had been convened with regard to proposed names from April to early June.

“Each proposal had to carry the majority of the votes of each ward meeting to be considered at the individual advisory committee meeting of both councils. The proposal which carried the most votes in both the municipalities was that of the Dawid Kruiper Municipality.

“An advert was then placed in the print media (Gemsbok) of 10 June to make residents aware that this would be the name of the new amalgamated municipality and invite them to make comments and objections in the 14-day period which closed at the end of business hours on 24 June.”

Kruiper was a traditional healer and leader of the Khomani San in the Kalahari. He was born in the Kalahari National Park and was outspoken about the theft of traditional knowledge by Western pharmaceutical companies. He was also known for his role in The Gods Must Be Crazy II.

Koloi expressed her support for the decision and said she was happy because it would help the smaller Mier Municipality with its challenges in service delivery.

Eiman said the amalgamation would help them a great deal, as they had been struggling in terms of the collection of revenue.

“Service delivery has always been a challenge in all four of our wards. Our wards are scattered, thus we struggle to deliver services. Our community appreciates this intervention by CoGHSTA and the national department. We also admire the decision for the new name to honour oom David Kruiper, because he was a great man who played a huge role in our liberation,” said Eiman.

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