HCM Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu announced at a media briefing in the Council Chambers on Tuesday that the Ezinqoleni Local Municipality would be amalgamated with the Hibiscus Coast Municipality into one Municipal area. This resolution by the Municipal Demarcation Board was supported unanimously by the HCM Executive Committee on 23 August, and the Municipal Manager was tasked to prepare a presentation on possible implications for the next Exco meeting on 3 September.
The full statement of the Mayor is as follows, and it includes information for those who wish to lodge a complaint:
The Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) has resolved that the area of Ezinqoleni Local Municipality will be amalgamated with the Hibiscus Coast Municipality into one municipal area. This information has been published in the Provincial Gazette.
It is however important to note that the MDB will still hear objections under section 21 (4) before this re-determination is gazette in terms of section 21 (5) of the Municipal Demarcation Act.
Those who wish to lodge an objection are free to do so by completing the Objection Form and submit it to the MDB via fax no. 012 3422 480 or fax to e-mail: 086 4008 191 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 September 2013. The objection form can be downloaded from the MDB website www.demarcation.org.za The final decision of the MDB in this regard will be gazette by 30 September 2013.
On 23 August 2013 the Executive Committee unanimously agreed to support the resolution of the Municipal Demarcation Board, and the Municipal Manager was tasked to prepare a presentation on possible implications for the next Executive Committee meeting to be held on 03 September 2013.
It is Council’s view that the amalgamation will not destabilize service delivery; hence the residents of Hibiscus Coast will not be disadvantaged.