Service delivery concerns remain in Malamulele :Tuesday 14 April 2015. Malamulele residents went on a rampage demanding a separate municipality earlier this year.
(SABC) Malamulele community leaders say they are concerned that there has been no improvement in the delivery of basic services in the Limpopo town. Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in February that a service delivery package amounting to half a billion rand would be used to accelerate service delivery in the Vhembe District Municipality, which includes Malamulele. Residents of Malamulele embarked on a six-week protest action, demanding a separate municipality from Thulamela Local Mucipality earlier this year. They were accusing the municipality of concentrating service delivery in the Thohoyandou area. "We are very concerned because we agreed with the minister that service delivery backlog will be fast tracked as from the end of March but as you would see now is the 14th of April and nothing has taken off the ground.
Reduction in municipalities: Demarcation Board:Saturday 4 July 2015. Demarcation Board says municipalities in the Eastern Cape will be reduced by four.
(SABC) The Municipal Demarcation Board says the country will see a reduction in the number of municipalities in various provinces. This is in line with Co-operative Governance Minister, Pravin Gordhan's request that certain municipality boundaries be re-configured before 2016 elections. Municipalities in the Eastern Cape will be reduced by four, and three in Limpopo, while several other provinces will be reduced by one. “In the Eastern Cape, the Board determined that Gariep and Maletwai local municipalities will be amalgamated into one. The West Rand District in Gauteng will also know at the end of next month if it will become a metro or not. A section 26 notice inviting views and representations was published on the 15th of May and the closing date there of on 5th June 2015.
Malamulele to become a municipality:Saturday 4 July 2015. After violent strikes in Malamulele the Municipal Demarcation Board announced that a new municipality will be established in the Vhembe district.
(SABC) There is a jovial mood at Malamulele in Limpopo, where residents are celebrating news that their area will be granted a municipality. This is a call they have been fighting for more than ten years. Vuwani villagers urged to object to new municipality:Sunday 26 July 2015. The Municipal Demarcation board has proposed that parts of Vuwani and Malamulele should form part of a new municipality in the Vhembe district.
(Google Maps) Chief Nthumeni Masia of the Masia Traditional Council in Vuwani, Limpopo, has encouraged his subjects to participate in the objection process to the establishment of a new municipality which will also incorporate Malamulele. The Municipal Demarcation board has proposed that parts of Vuwani and Malamulele should form part of a new municipality in the Vhembe district. Chief Masia and some of his subjects are objecting that their area should fall under the new municipality.
He addressed his subjects, some who support his idea of remaining under the Makhado municipality. The Masia tribal area is mostly comprised of the Venda speaking people who live side by side with their Tsonga counterparts. Vuwani villagers urged to object to new municipality:Sunday 26 July 2015. Protests erupt again in Vuwani:Saturday 8 August 2015. Angry protesters have barricaded roads with burning tyres and stones.
(SABC) Violence has flared up again in Vuwani outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo as residents are resisting a move to be incorporated into a new municipality. The public violence started on Thursday night. Public order police have had running battles with the protesters who are barricading roads with burning tyres and stones. Three weeks ago, protesters handed over a memorandum of grievances to Premier Stan Mathabatha's office in which they called for him to intervene in the proposed merger of parts of Makhado and Thulamela municipalities, which include Vuwani and Malamulele, to establish a new municipality. “If our people are not going to school and shops are closed that will be the responsibility of government to ensure that there is normality and for that to happen is for the premier to come and address us. Government delegation to visit Vuwani after public protest violence:Monday 10 August 2015. Residents have been protesting a proposal by the municipal demarcation board to merge some parts of Vuwani and Malamulele into a new municipality.
(SABC) Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha is expected to lead a delegation that is visiting the trouble-torn Vuwani area on Monday. The area has experienced acts of public violence since Thursday night. Demarcation Board decision due ahead of elections:Thursday 27 August 2015. Residents in Vumani, Limpopo have also went on a rampage against a proposed merge.
(SABC) The Municipal Demarcation Board is on Thursday expected to announce its final decision on municipal outer boundary determinations and re-determinations, as well as the handover of wards to the Independent Electoral Commission. The decision will be taken following requests that the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs received. Several municipalities across the country are opposed to the proposal to merge. The proposed determinations and re-determinations constitute over 60% of the total number of wards delimited in preparation for the 2016 Local Government Elections. This follows an analysis which revealed that a number of municipalities were unable to fulfil their constitutional obligations and experienced problems such as financial sustainability, maladministration and corruption. However, several communities objected to the proposal.