Midvaal, Emfuleni merger approval could come soon: ANC

21 July 2013 - 16:06 By Sapa
Ntombi Mekgwe. File photo
Ntombi Mekgwe. File photo
Image: Tebogo Letsie

Approval of the possible merger of the Midvaal and Emfuleni municipalities into a metro could be finalised by the end of July, the African National Congress said.

"The [Municipal Demarcation] Board is scheduled to meet at the end of July in order to discuss findings/recommendations," Gauteng co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Ntombi Mekgwe said in a statement.

She said consultations about boundary reviews had already taken place.

Currently three municipalities fall under the Sedibeng district. These include Emfuleni and Lesedi, which are controlled by the ANC, and Midvaal, which is controlled by the Democratic Alliance.

On Sunday, Mekgwe visited Meyerton, where she urged residents to pay the more than R3.5 billion owed for municipal services.

The proposed merger was first announced in November last year.