The Rustenburg Local Municipality, following its communication with property owners on the 14th of May 2020 relating to complaints emanating from the new valuation roll, had the matter tabled before Council’s virtual meeting held on the 22nd May 2020. Council resolved in that meeting to lodge an objection with the Municipal Manager in terms of Section 50(4) of the Municipal Property Rates Act (MPRA).
In addition, the Municipal Manager must inform Council in terms of the resolutions relating to the objections lodged, at a Special Council meeting within fourteen (14) days to make recommendations in terms of the designation of the Municipal Valuer under Section 33(4) of the MPRA. Furthermore, Council resolved to suspend the period for objections, pending the outcome of the process to be undertaken by the Municipal Manager.
Another key resolution was the formation of the Multi-party committee, with representation from each party in Council and Troika (Executive Mayor, Council Speaker and Single Whip). The committee to be convened by the Council Speaker, will investigate all the related processes and seek legal counsel in concluding its work. The committee has already begun its work today, by holding its first meeting in line with the resolution of last week’s Council meeting that the matter, be attended to on an urgent basis in order to resolve the current impasse.
An extension of the validity of the current valuation roll will be requested from the MEC for Local Government in terms of Section 32(2)(b)(ii) of the MPRA pending the outcome of resolution.