Category Archives: Local

Proposed 6% Increase in Vehicle License Fees

The Provincial Government gazette has published the draft regulation pertaining to motor vehicle licence (MVL) fee increases in the province. The draft regulation is now open for public comment for a period of 30 days. While not required by law, we have continued to publish these draft regulations for comment so as to allow the over 1.7 million vehicle owners in the Western Cape the opportunity to submit their comments. This year, the proposed fee increases amount to an average 6% increase for the Western…

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Minister Grant and Mayor Naik Express Condolences Over Taxi Related Killing in George

“The Minster for Public Transport and Public Works of the Western Cape Government, Mr Donald Grant, and the Executive Mayor of  George, Alderman Melvin Naik, today expressed their sincere condolences about the untimely death of Mr Wesley Sikhumbuzu Mini, Chairperson of Uncedo. ‘We are all shocked to hear of the tragic and premature death of Mr Mini. This is not the first time that the taxi industry in George has been marred by brutal acts of violence that have resulted in the loss of life.…

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#BeTheChange as you take to the roads over Easter period

As we approach this year’s notorious Easter period, we are confident in the plans that we have put in place to respond to the increased traffic volumes and activity on our roads, which have come to characterise this period. We have long known that increased traffic volumes, in turn, result in the increased risk of crashes and serious injury on our roads. Our plans have always had to be specifically crafted to respond effectively to the extraordinary challenges that the Easter period brings with it.…

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IFP

Lack Of Toilets In Government Schools Causes Concern

The IFP calls on the KZN MEC of Education, Peggy Nkonyeni to urgently end the practice of open air defecation at schools after learners and teachers at Mqhakama High School in Highflats, are forced to hide in the bushes when they respond to a call of nature due to lack of toilets. “The challenge of open-air defecation is one of equity and dignity, and very often one of safety as well, particularly for female teachers and girls. It is really sad that the department is…

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IFP

Abuse of Public Funds by Ethekwini Municipality

The Inkatha Freedom Party demands answers from eThekwini Municipality as to why it is necessary to waste public funds on radio advertising to invite 180 schools to attend the water seminar. “Since this seminar is intended for 180 schools in the eThekwini area, we need to know what was the need to advertise it on radio. This advertisement is costing the tax payer huge amounts of money which could be put to better use. We believe that it would have been much more cost effective…

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Munisipaliteite hef belasting onwettig

Verskeie munisipaliteite in die Vrystaat vorder tans op onwettige wyse erfbelasting in. Die LUR vir Samewerkende Regering, me. Olly Mlamleli, het in antwoord op ʼn skriftelike vraag van mnr. Wouter Wessels, VF Plus-LPW in die Vrystaatse Wetgewer, aangedui dat Nala-, Tokologo- en Naledi Plaaslike Munisipaliteite nie hul erfbelastingtariewe vir 2015/16 gepromulgeer het nie. Die vraag wou weet welke Vrystaatse munisipaliteite hul erfbelastingtariewe vir die 2015/2016-boekjaar gepromulgeer het soos vereis word deur Artikel 14 van die Munisipale Erfbelastingwet van 2004. In haar antwoord het die LUR…

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IFP

Difference Between Public Funds And Private Sponsorship

The Inkatha Freedom Party wishes to enlighten Protas Madlala about the difference between the use of public funding and private sponsorship at government events after he expressed support for the use of banners depicting the faces of politicians at the King Shaka Commemoration at KwaDukuza. “We agree that any sponsor of an event is entitled to receive publicity commensurate with its contribution towards the event. But it is important for Madlala to differentiate between corporate sponsorship funds and the public purse. Private companies that sponsor…

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Free State cooperative governance HOD busted for fraud

Pretoria – The Head of Department of the Free State’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mokete Victor Duma (46) and his co-accused, Samuel Shabalala (41) have been released on R5 000 bail each by the Kroonstad Magistrate’s Court where they appeared on Tuesday, following their arrest the same day. The two face 127 charges, with the main one being fraud, and others relating to the contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act. Duma, who was the municipal manager of the Moqhaka Municipality in Kroonstad, and…

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IFP

Is KZN premier trying to cover up corruption?

The IFP in the KZN Legislature has accused the KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu of trying to cover up corruption and not acting tough on corruption allegations after President Zuma called for the SIU to conduct an investigation into irregularities at the KZN Treasury. “We are concerned about the lack of transparency and feedback on progress on this matter. To this day we have not been informed as Members of the Legislature on the progress made in the investigation surrounding the spending of tax payers’ money…

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IFP

IFP: BETTER LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT NEEDED TO SOLVE PROVINCIAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT CRISIS

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal Legislature calls on the Portfolio Committee on Local Government to improve local government oversight if we are to solve the crisis of local administration in the province. “The crisis in municipalities like Nongoma where it is alleged that corruption involving the awarding of tenders is rampant, is the root cause of non-delivery of services to our people. The expulsion of the Mpofana Municipal mayor who has failed to deliver services to the people and the issue of the Municipal Manager at…

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