Shifting municipal borders improves service delivery – KZN MEC

2016-06-30 16:30
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Durban – The demarcation process and merging of municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal is meant to strengthen the management of municipalities and build capacity, MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube said.

"We have various [laws] that guide the establishment of municipalities. Every election time the alignment of boundaries is going to start."

Speaking at a press briefing at the Cogta offices in Durban on Thursday, Dube-Ncube outlined preparations for the upcoming municipal elections on August 3.

According to Dube-Ncube, the department identified municipalities that "did not come across as viable entities" that could deliver services.

"Sometimes you will find a municipality that [is] 90% reliant on national grants to survive. The restructuring process is done to strengthen the management of the municipalities and build capacity and issues of social cohesion and infrastructure development."

She added that some municipalities would be merged, reducing the number of municipalities in KZN from 61 to 54.

When asked how communities have reacted to merging municipalities and demarcation, Dube-Ncube said the department had not experienced difficulties because "the demarcation board engaged with the communities".

Dube-Ncube said it was not ideal that demarcation occurred often, but said it was needed.
"[With] the increase in the number of people registered [to vote] you have to reconfigure the wards. We are confident [with] the work done and [that] integration has gone smoothly."

"[The] boundary networks help in saving overheads and improve service delivery."

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