Cogta discusses merger processes

2016-01-28 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede Leadership (from left) PEC member Cllr Zungu, Cllr Ntombifikile Gumede (Ugu mayor), MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube (Cogta), MEC Weziwe Thusia (MPL) and Cllr Khoza (MPL) discuss the changes and challenges of merging municipalities.

PHOTO: precious gumede Leadership (from left) PEC member Cllr Zungu, Cllr Ntombifikile Gumede (Ugu mayor), MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube (Cogta), MEC Weziwe Thusia (MPL) and Cllr Khoza (MPL) discuss the changes and challenges of merging municipalities.

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CO-OPERATIVE Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, visited Ugu District Municipality to discuss the changes within the municipalities that will be amalgamated and to iron out challenges before processes begin.

Members of Parliament, Salga, mayors, municipal managers, councillors and officials of the affected municipalities were part of the meeting held at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre on Thursday.

Ezinqoleni, Hibiscus Coast, Umdoni, Vulamehlo­, and eThekwini Metro will be affected as recently determined by the Municipal Demarcation Board.

The number of KZN municipalities will decrease from 61 to 54 after this year’s elections.

Dube-Ncube was unhappy that traditional leaders were not at change management committee (CMC) meetings as they play an active role in governance.

“The non-participation of traditional leaders at CMC meetings is a concern. Our country re-cognises and respects the institution of traditional leaders, moreover, its is the government’s commitment enshrined in the Constitution and protected under law, to ensure that Amakhosi have an active role in the governance and development of society,” said Dube-Ncube.

She looked into the naming of new municipalities and said careful consideration should be given when deciding on names.

“A name should have the signification of bringing investment, and should say that South Africa is for all who live in it.”

She spoke about the appointment of councillors and said the amendment to Section 12 notice, establishing the new municipality, requires that a number of full-time councillors have to be included in the notice.

Dube’s serious concern is that councillors do not take leave and expect to be paid out for their leave days. She said this must stop.

The MEC clarified that no retrenchments will take place with the amalgamation.

“No retrenchments will be taking place - all staff must be placed,” she said.

She advised municipalities to review their organograms and make sure that no unnecessary post existed.

“We should do away with unnecessary positions like deputy of the deputy municipal manager - there is no need for that,” said Dube.

She said that KZN is under financial strain and municipalities should work with what they have even with the large number councillors they will have [after the amalgamation].

They must also consider holding council meetings in halls because no infrastructure changes will be made.

Dube said they are working with the municipalities­ to ensure there is a good sense of co-operation among the role players within the affected municipalities.

“All levels of leadership are being brought in to ensure there is a broad representation of stakeholders.

“This will ensure there is continuity in service delivery before and after the elections,” said Dube-Ncube.

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