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Council to resume adjourned meeting on Friday

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
Council to resume adjourned meeting on Friday

The Nelson Mandela Bay Council will resume the meeting that was adjourned on September 19, on Friday the Office of Speaker Maria Hermans has announced.

The meeting was adjourned after Deputy Mayor Chippa Ngcolomba told the meeting that a number of community issues needed to be addressed urgently.

Council is faced with a substantial agenda that includes more than 80 land matters dealing with applications for the sale or lease of council land as well as applications for rezoning, sub-division and the removal of restrictions on title deeds.

One of the more contentious matters is an application to rezone land in Mount Pleasant for social housing which has attracted a welter of opposition from residents.

Also on the agenda are two items connected with the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).

Of the items deals with a request for additional funding for several infrastructure projects connected with the IPTS as a result of escalating costs flowing from, inter alia, a new dispensation with regard to the payment of SMMEs and the fact that all the details of what the work entailed were not available at the time the contracts were awarded.

The second IPTS item deals with start-up and operating funding for the secondary taxi cooperative which also provides for how the funding will be paid and accounted for.

A number of deviations from Supply Chain Management Policy will also have to be approved by Council as well the multi-year budget which sets out the increases in rates and service charges for the next three years as well as de-tails with regard to the collection rate target. - metrominutes