Elections 2014

DA councillor removed from Exco

Just over a month after the formation of the new Msunduzi Municipality Executive Committee (Exco), the DA has axed Naleni (Atwaru) Naidoo from Exco replacing her with veteran councillor Glen McArthur.

Political parties warned to remove election posters

The municipality has issued a warning to all political parties to remove election posters or face being fined. This week marks more than a month since the new Council was sworn in and yet election posters are still visible on lamp-posts throughout the city.

“There will be no aloof councillors”-Njilo

Newly-elected Msunduzi mayor Themba Njilo has promised residents of Pietermaritzburg that he will be conducting strategic and unannounced visits in all 39 wards in a bid to determine whether service delivery takes place.

Landslide victory for ANC in Msunduzi

The African National Congress (ANC) has won a landslide victory in last week’s local government elections winning 30 of the 39 wards in Msunduzi, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Monday.

Ratepayers must get full value for their rates

The local government elections scheduled for 3 August is the most significant elections since the inception of democracy. Residents throughout South Africa have been protesting against poor service delivery by the ruling party. The infighting and controversial list procedure in the ANC have left many disillusioned. At local level we have witnessed communities protest in Copesville, Woodlands, Edendale, Sobantu and Georgetown- all…

Parties bring out big guns

With seven days to go before the 2016 local government elections, Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas has become a hotbed of political activity, with leading political parties upping the ante ahead of the August 3, poll. The ANC has confirmed that party president Jacob Zuma will today (Wednesday) lead the party in and around Pietermaritzburg garnering…

We can all work together to build a better city

Communities have an important role to play in finding solutions to the city’s challenges with affluent communities in particular having access to skills and leadership resources that can be harnessed for the collective good of the city, says the ANC’s Ward 25 candidate James Martin.

ANC candidates have proven track record

Freedom struggle stalwart and current minister of finance Pravin Gordhan said, “We are strong enough, resilient enough and creative enough to manage and overcome our economic challenges…the remarkable thing about the ANC is that somewhere in its genes, it is able to find the right answers at the right time”. This remark takes me back…

Our principles are based on the Bible, says ACDP candidate

With 15 years’ experience in local government and a string of related qualifications the ACDP’s candidate Rienus Niemand believes a return to the principles of the bible will steer South Africa in the right direction. Niemand is currently contesting as the African Christian Democratic Party’s candidate in various wards including those in Bisley, Chasevalley, Montrose,…

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…