Municipality amalgamation: Mayoral council visits Graaff-Reinet for community feedback on new name

JANUARY 19, 2016

In preparation of the imminent merger of the Ikwezi, Camdeboo and Baviaans Local Municipalities, members of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality Mayoral Council payed a visit to Graaff-Reinet on 15 January, as part of a public participation programme regarding the area’s new name.

This comes after then Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, announced in July last year that the three municipalities would became one after the re-establishing of boundary lines by the Municipal Demarcation Board.

The event, which took place at five venues across the town, saw a number of residents attend to submit their suggestions or opinions about a name before the closing date this coming Friday (22 January).

Addressing councillors at the Assembly of God Church in Koebergville, Sarah Baartman District Municipality Executive Mayor Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana, said a total 687 name suggestions had been received since the merger was announced, but that the eventual decision lies with the people.

“We felt it was necessary to hear our people’s thoughts and opinions before we make the name official. The one eventually selected has to have meaning, must be devoid of hardship and encourage investment,” Mayor Kekana said.

She stated that while initial feedback shows Karoo Mohair Local Municipality topping the list of preferred names, no decision would be taken before the various submissions and objections had been noted.

“There has to be feedback from everyone. We do not want the selected name to be the same as another district or local municipality elsewhere in the country or one with an obscure meaning.

“This process would bring about many changes such as the renaming of road signs and office boards to name but a few. It is therefore imperative that the chosen name is one approved by everyone as it is them who ultimately call this area home,” Mayor Kekana concluded.


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