The people present at the meeting were members of the MDB, local councillors of the municipality and its officials, ward committee members and members of the public.
The purpose of the meeting on Tuesday was to allow members of the public to air their views on the issue of dissolving Maruleng and splitting it between Ba-Phalaborwa and Greater Tzaneen municipalities.
MDB chairperson Jane Thupana said the MDB closed the redetermination of municipal boundaries on its own initiative in 2013.
“However, the minister used his powers in terms of section 22(1) and (2) and requested the MDB to determine certain municipalities before the next local elections. After this meeting, we will consider all inputs against the criteria provided for in section 24 and 25 of MDA and take a decision to redetermine the boundaries or not,” said Thupana.
Thupana added should the MDB decide to redetermine the municipal boundaries, a notice would be published in the provincial gazette, and a period of 30 days would be allowed for the public’s objections.
When the public were given time to air their views, almost everyone who was given time to speak said they were against the dissolution of Maruleng.
Meanwhile, people from Ba-Phalaborwa and Greater Tzaneen municipalities welcomed the decision to split Maruleng between them.
Lucky Mohlala from Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality said the municipality has looked at the advantages and disadvantages of allowing the merge to continue.
“After checking all facts, we support the proposed merger because it doesn’t bring problems, as they have farms and other resources that they will be bringing along if they join us,” said Mohlala.
– Caxton News Service