Municipal

Municipal expert stands for election

After 24 years’ experience working in local government, Julie Dyer has accepted the nomination to run as an ANC candidate for ward 36, which covers the areas of Scottsville, Pelham, Bellevue and Cleland. Dyer has worked in many portfolios of local government, including the airport, libraries, the Art Gallery, Investment and local economy where she…

Election candidate lists released

The Independent Electoral Commission yesterday afternoon released the much-anticipated candidate lists for the upcoming local government elections in August. The release of the list confirms both independent candidates and candidates for the contesting political parties. The ANC named Thobekile Maphumulo from Mkhambathini Municipality as its mayoral candidate for Mgungundlovu District Notably city mayor Chris Ndlela,…

Billboard battle continues

Illegal billboards on Townbush Road remain an item of contention with the community and councillor more than eight years after it was erected. Ward 25 councillor Dave Ryder now fights another battle with the municipality over the two illegal billboards that were put up at the beginning of April 2016. He has been liasing with…

New cabinet focused on service delivery, says Premier

Cabinet will take a strong stance to manage expenditure tightly and direct government resources to priority projects, said Premier Willies Mchunu following this week’s provincial government reshuffle. The new appointments to cabinet are ANC KZN chairman Sihle Zikalala – MEC for Economic Development ANC Moses Mabhida chairman Mthandeni Dlungwana  – MEC for Education Former uMgungundlovu…

No rain forecast, taps dry in 4 months

With no change in the drought and as the country enters winter, the traditionally dry period, Umgeni Water has cut their supply to the Msunduzi municipality by a further 5% effective  from Monday, June 6th. And if the rains do not come, the city’s water supply will run out completely in about four months. The…

Jailed for the right reasons

Pietermaritzburg Mayor Chris Ndlela and local Mrs South Africa finalist Maritsa Gouws were jailed for all the right reasons on Thursday afternoon at the Liberty Midlands Mall. As part of the CANSA Jail and Bail fundraiser, Chris Ndlela, Maritsa Gouws, and business women Shashika Sewlall from Top Rotis and Erica Abrahms from Acacia Bush Lodge,…

Community sponsors Town Hill SAP revamp

Thanks to the generous donations from local businesses, the Town Hill Police Station was recently renovated. Edmund Szudrawski, a  member of the Community Police Forum, said that the forum undertook a number of projects to improve the police station, and these renovations were one of the projects. They raised money and asked the community for…

Water crisis: It’s all up to you

Surviving the drought and having the luxury of running water from your tap in the next few months all depends on how much water you, as the consumer, save on a daily basis. The Msunduzi municipality has appealed to its customers to use water sparingly, as this will enable the city to negotiate its toughest…

Mayhem as suburb remains under siege

Copesville and the surrounding townships remained under siege for a second day as violent protestors barricaded entrances, burnt down the area’s clinic and the offices of the local ward councillor who they are demanding vacates her post. Paramedics risked their lives to help two babies who suffered smoke inhalation linked to the blazing infernos scattered…

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