URGENT NOTICE!

From 2 July 2018 Newcastle Local Municipality will bank with Nedbank. Please be advised that payments made to the FNB account will be accepted only until 31 July 2018. Thereafter the FNB account will be closed. The following Nedbank account must then be used when making payments:

Bank name: Nedbank

Account type: Current account

Account number: 1162660066

Branch code: 133724

Reference: Your 12 digit account number

Alternatively, you can pay your bill at the following municipal offices:

First Floor (Rates Hall), 37 Murchison Street, Newcastle

Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 15:00

NB: Customers should start making payments to the Nedbank account as it is officially active.

INCENTIVE SCHEMES TO ENCOURAGE PAYMENT OF MUNICIPAL BILLS

The Newcastle Municipality has embarked on an incentive scheme initiative to encourage the payment of municipal bills. The incentive schemes are aimed at individuals and businesses and are as follows:

Business:
(a) that business must settle 50% of the outstanding amount at 30 June 2017, no later than 30 June 2018 and the municipality will write off the debt for the remaining 50%;

Individuals:
(b) that individual customers must settle 50% of the total outstanding amount at 30 June 2017 no later than 30 June 2018 then Council will write off the debt for the remaining 50%;

(c) that individual customers that settles the amount owing in respect of the current financial year with a lump sum settled no later than 30 June 2018 will qualify for a 25% write off in respect of the outstanding debt (debt older than 30 June 2017) then (d) and € will apply for the write off of 75% of the debt at 30 June 2017;

(d) that individual customers that pay their municipal bill for the whole financial year from July 2018 until 30 June 2019, Council will write off 50% of the debt outstanding at 30 June 2017;

(e) that individual customers that pay their monthly municipal bill for the whole financial year from July 2019 until 30 June 2020, Council will write off the remaining debt outstanding at 30 June 2017.

16 June 1976 Commemoration

june-16-commemoration

This year, South Africa marks 42 years since the June 16, 1976 Soweto uprising, where students took to the streets to fight against oppression and the apartheid government. 

We have a responsibility to look at where we come from as the Nation and make our greatest attributions to the heroes and heroines who fought for the liberation of our people in their early age. 

We have the common responsibility to always recall the events of 1976 so that the bravery and sacrifices of that generation serve as an inspiration to the youth of today, to work hard to contribute to the solution of the challenges they are facing, particularly in unemployment, substance abuse, inequality and economic exclusion. It is on this basis that we expect the youth of Newcastle to follow in the footsteps of the 1976 youth and become agents of change.

In 1976, the youth was able to correctly identify the challenges and tasks they had to confront. Today 42 years later, once again our youth is faced with the obligation to identify the challenges and tasks they confront.

Whereas the youth of 1976 used stones and barricades against apartheid forces, today’s youth should use education and skills to fight poverty and unemployment.  Furthermore, they must use their talents to mobilize and campaign against teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse as well as crime.

We have a responsibility to nurture and invest in our youth, it was President Oliver Tambo who once said “a nation that does not invest in its youth does not deserve to bear its fruit”. It is on this basis that as Newcastle Municipality we invested in our youth by providing them with bursaries, particularly the fields where there is a shortage of skills. We have to align our youth towards the direction of our economy therefore skills related to such become paramount. 

We have also invested in our youth through Internships program were we have employed them in order for them to get the necessary experience after they have attained their qualifications. We have concluded with the establishment of the branch of NYDA Offices which it has been a major achievement for the Office of the Mayor. This will go a long way to assist young people in Newcastle who wish to start their own business and those that are already entrepreneurs.  The Newcastle Municipality under my leadership as the Mayor has last year assisted 6384 potential students with NSFAS applications with at least 97% of these young people being successful candidates and today they are students at various Institutions of Higher Learning.  

In addition, my office has made sure that we assist in the Entrepreneurial Developmental Program aimed at capacitating young people, hence about 32 young people from the 28th of May 2018 to 1 June 2018 were trained by NYDA preparing them to access the NYDA products such as vouchers and grants.

Newcastle Municipality continues to create a conducive environment for local economic development in our town, thus promoting the creation of job opportunities.

We wish the youth of Newcastle all the best, may they continue to strive for excellence in everything they do. Continuously fighting side by side with the youth in making our town a better place to stay, work and play. Furthermore campaigning against substance abuse through education and skills development. 

Notice for Public Hearing

NOTICE CS46 OF 2018
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given in terms of section 22 of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003, and Chapter 4 of the Municipal Systems Act of 32 of 2000, that members of the general public are invited to attend the public hearing on the Draft IDP/Budget/PMS submissions, whereby His Worship the Mayor, Cllr. E.M. Nkosi will be responding to such comments made by the public during the IDP/Budget/PMS roadshow sessions.  The public hearing will be held as follows:-

Date: 30 May 2018

Venue: Council Chamber

Time: 09H00

Subsequent to this, ExCo will hold its meeting to approve the final 2018/2019IDP/Budget/PMS on the 29th of May 2018 then subsequent adoption by Council on the 30th of May 2018.

MUNICIPAL MANAGER
B.E. MSWANE

Notice number: 45/2018

CHANGE OF DATES FOR NEWCASTLE MUNICIPALITY PROPOSED 2018/19 IDP/PMS/BUDGET CONSULTATION MEETING FOR WARDS 12, 15, 16 & 18

The community is advised of the postponement of the Budget Road Show which was scheduled for 12th May 2018. The new date is as follows:

Date: 16 May 2018
Venue: Mzamo Sports Ground
Time: 11h00am

The municipality would like to apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.
B.E MSWANE
MUNICIPAL MANAGER

Mayor Kicks Off Budget Roadshow In Ward 1, Charlestown

 

STATEMENT ON THE MAYORAL BUDGET ROADSHOW IN WARD 1 IN CHARLESTOWN COMMUNITY HALL

24th April 2018

To: All Media Houses

Re. Statement

His Worship the Mayor of Newcastle Local Municipality, Cllr. EM Nkosi has as part of his duties reflected in the Municipal Finance Management Act No. 56 of 2003, and the Municipal Systems Act No. 32 of 2000 a process that precedes to the adoption of the Budget for the 2018/19 Financial Year.

During a roadshow in ward 1 in Charlestown, the Mayor interacted with the community in the program of opening and handing over to the community the completed projects, these projects were championed and implemented by the Technical Services department and are explained as follows;
 – The Water Treatment Plant; this project is complete and forms part of the promised projects in assisting the community of Charlestown towards its development. This project will also assist the Charlestown community to access clean and safe drinking water.
 – The Charlestown Electrification Program; it will be remembered that this program came as a response to an outcry from the people of Charlestown who had not been without electricity. A visit to light 256 electrified houses happened for the first time in this area. This project is complete and the Mayor apologised to the community of Charlestown for taking a long time to electrify the area.
 – The opening of the Nek Road; this road has also been completed in Charlestown.
The Mayor also announced the Charlestown Housing Project, this project will be done in conjunction with the Infrastructural Developmental Program, and this means that the construction of the houses will be done concurrently with the development of Infrastructure including the road construction and the electrification.

The Construction of the new Library to a tune of R 18 Million has already began in Charlestown, this project is soon to be completed and will be opened and handed over by the Mayor together with the Department of Sports and Recreation under the stewardship of MEC Bongi Sthole-Moloi.

The Mayor during his address to the Communities has condemned the violent actions of the Charlestown community in an attempt to address their grievances he urged them to communicate properly using the structures as designed by the legislation.

For Enquiries

Sphiwe Mazibuko
Communications (Office of the Mayor of Newcastle Local Municipality)
0818144108

Mayor Cllr E.M Nkosi and Speaker Cllr JCN Mkhwanazi cutting the ribbon during the opening and handover of the Water Treatment Plant.

 

Mayor accompanied by the Chief Whip and Councillors at the opening and handover of Nek Road.

 

Community of ward 1 came out in their numbers.

 

Mayor, Cllr E.M Nkosi during his address.

 

The Water Treatment Plant

Delay In Processing April 2018 Accounts

The Newcastle municipality wishes to advise that there has been a delay in the processing of the April 2018 municipal accounts. This has arisen due to the change in the vat legislation increasing the vat rate from 14% to 15%. Apologies are tendered for the inconvenience.

Winnie Madikizela Mandela – 1936-2018

“Preventing the conflicts of tomorrow means changing the mindsets of the youth today.”

Winnie Madikizela Mandela – 1936-2018

Mother of the nation… we salute you.

 

KZN Rental Housing Tribunal

“HAVING PROBLEM WITH YOUR LANDLORD OR YOUR TENANT?”

 

THE KWAZULU-NATAL RENTAL HOUSING TRIBUNAL IS AN INDEPENDENT STATUTORY BODY ESTABLISHED BY THE MEC, IN TERMS OF SECTION 7 OF THE RENTAL HOUSING ACT (ACT NO 50 OF 1999), TO RESOLVE DISPUTES BETWEEN TENANTS AND LANDLORDS ARISING OUT OF UNFAIR PRACTICES.

THE PRIMARY FUNCTION OF THE TRIBUNAL IS TO PROMOTE STABILITY IN THE RENTAL HOUSING SECTOR BY RESOLVING DISPUTES THAT ARISE BETWEEN TENANTS AND LANDLORDS IN RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS (FLATS, HOUSES, SHACKS, BACKROOMS/OUTBUILDINGS, APARTMENTS, HOSTEL ROOMS, ETC).

THE SERVICES OF THE RENTAL HOUSING TRIBUNAL ARE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE, AT NO COST TO PARTIES TO THE DISPUTE AND THERE IS NO NEED TO INVOLVE ATTORNEYS. THE TRIBUNAL IS TASKED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITIES TO EDUCATE, PROVIDE INFORMATION AND ADVISE TENANTS AND LANDLORDS WITH REGARDS TO THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

 

THE POWERS & FUNCTIONS OF THE TRIBUNAL
In terms of the Rental Housing Act (Act No. 50 of 1999) and the Regulations thereof, the Rental Housing Tribunal is vested (assigned) with rights and obligations to.
• Receive complaints lodged by either Tenants or Landlords
• Conduct Mediation or Hearings to resolve disputes between Tenants and Landlords.
• Rule that any person must comply with a provision of the regulations relating to unfair practices.
• Make any ruling that is just and fair to terminate any unfair practice, including, without detracting from the generality of the aforegoing, a ruling to discontinue

– Overcrowding
-unacceptable living conditions
-exploitative rentals
-lack of maintenance
• Refer a matter for investigation to the relevant competent body or local authority where it would appear that the provisions of any law have been or are being contravened.

 

SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE TRIBUNAL

• Receipt and investigation of complaints
• Resolution of disputes through mediation or hearing
• Education Programmes to Tenants and Landlords with regards to their rights and obligations
• Provision of advice and information with regard to lease agreements

 

COMMON UNFAIR PRACTICES IN THE RENTAL HOUSING SECTOR

Unfair Practice refers to any act or omission by a landlord or tenant in contravention of this Act or a practice prescribed as practice unreasonably prejudicing the rights or interests of a Tenants or Landlord. May, amongst other things, relate to-
• The changing of locks
• Non-Refund of Deposits
• Non-Payment of Rental
• Failure to Maintain the property
• Damage to property
• Forced entry and obstruction of entry(illegal lockout)
• Eviction
• Disconnection of services
• Illegal attachment of goods
• Demolitions and conversions
• House rules, subject to the provisions of the Sectional Titles Act, 1986 (Act No. 95 of 1986), where applicable
• Intimidation
• Issuing of receipts
• Tenants committees
• Municipal services
• Nuisances
• Overcrowding and health matters
• Tenant activities
• Reconstruction and refurbishment work

 

WHO CAN LODGE A COMPLAINT?

Tenants, Landlords, Institutions, Bodies Corporate, Tenant’s Associations and Property Managing Agents who either reside, manage or own such Residential Rental Property within the KwaZulu-Natal Province.

 

HOW TO LODGE A COMPLAINT:

Complaint lodged with the Tribunal must be in writing on the prescribed Tribunal Complaint Form. Complaint may be lodged as follows-
• By mail to the offices of the Tribunal
• By fax to the office of the Tribunal,
• At the relevant Rental Information office in the Municipality

 

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL INFORMATION OFFICE OR OUR MAIN OFFICE

Municipal Information Office:

Address : Newcastle Municipality
Human Settlements Unit, 4th Floor
No 37 Murchison Street, Newcastle,

Contact Details : Ms. Ayanda Khalipa or Ms. Nokuthula Mtshali Tel: 034 328 7600

OR

Physical Address: 9th Floor Eagle Building (Murchies Passage), 353-363 Dr. Pixley ka Seme (West Street), DURBAN, 4001
Postal Address : Private Bag x54328, DURBAN, 4000
Tel. No. : 031 372 1800/3/4/6 /8
Fax : 031 372 1831/16/28
Email : info.rht@kzndhs.gov.za

“DO NOT SUFFER IN SILENCE. ENJOY THE PROTECTION OF THE LAW.”

Invitation: Newcastle Budget Speech & State of The Town Address

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND

The Newcastle budget speech & state of the town address, by the honourable Mayor. Cllr. EM Nkosi.

Date: 04 April 2018
Venue: Newcaste Show Hall
Dress code: Formal
Time: 18h00pm