MF pledges R15 000

2016-06-22 06:00

THE leader of the Minority Front, Mrs Shameen Thakur Rajbansi, has pledged an amount of R15 000 to the CONCERNED CITIZENS GROUP (CCG), towards legal fees who intend challenging the KwaDukuza Municipality legally in disposing the golf course, recreation grounds and all associated sporting facilities to Double Ring Trading.
The leader of the Minority Front has displayed an act of faith, belief and trust in MF Councillor, Mr Bikrum Bharat Sing who has objected to the sale of these municipal assets at the relevant council meeting. The objection was substantiated by the following:

1. In the item presented before council it was stated that initially the golf course was to be sold, however due to the presence of Protected Wetland the area could not be fully developed and the recreation ground, country club grounds and associated sporting facilities were now included.

Councillor Sing believes that this was a deviation from the original tender thus making the process unprocedural.

2. The recreation grounds and all associated sporting facilities are a regional sporting facility. It is incumbent and a legislative requirement to the municipality for the provision of such facilities.

3. In disposing the existing facilities the municipality has made no alternate provision in building a new regional sporting facility. However Double Ring Trading, who were the successful bidders, have promised to upgrade various existing ward facilities.

With this regard I would like to emphasise that ward facilities are more specifically meant for the use of ward residents thus it cannot be a replacement for a regional sporting facility.

4. The land in question is being sold for a meagre R8 million. This is not the true value of the property. The true value of the property would be fully realised had the property been rezoned to the bidders intended usage before selling.

5. There has been insufficient public consultation which also is a legislative requirement. The Municipal Finance Management Act states that prior to disposal of any state property the municipality must ascertain whether the said property is required for present municipal use and in the future.

Only if the property is not required the property may be disposed in accordance to Supply Chain Management Processes which requires amongst others that there be public consultation.

The fact that the municipality intends relocating its offices to the recreation grounds is evidence that the property is required for future municipal use. The municipality has only consulted with the representatives of the various sporting codes, this is insufficient consultation as the representatives of these bodies do not represent the entire community.

6. Finally the MF has put its money where its mouth is by pledging the R15 000 and Sing places on record his sincere thanks to the leader of the Minority Front for her support.

Office of the Minority Front

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