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Greater Harties Initiative - First National Media Reports
The discussion is opened and the ball started rolling. The Demarcation Board acknowledged that they have received the letter of request for re-demarcation of Hartbeespoort.
The Harties residents willing to participate in the Greater Hartbeespoort Initiative feel that they are planning and working together to build something positive - in stead of only wasting time to fight with Madibeng in a seemingly never-ending battle to retain some semblance of services. It is expected that, without decisive action now, we will soon pass the point where our infrastructure can still be normalised and routinely maintained, but rather will need to be re-installed from scratch.
All comments - positive and negative - are welcomed. We should learn from the thoughts of all of our residents, since they will need to mandate the action - and overwhelmingly so - as soon as most feasible choice between various scenarios becomes clear.
The following report may count as positive, since an actual case where provincial borders have been altered for a small community is mentioned:
The Township, Khutsong, was re-incorporated into Gauteng from North-West during 2009. Read about it here:
The following opinion in Business Day of senior DA Member Leon Basson may count as negative towards the scenario of incorporation into Gauteng (or as he assumes - Tshwane):
It must be said that other senior politicians do support the broader initiative, though rather with the idea of linking-up with Johannesburg as part of Jo'burg's new major development focus area - Lanseria.
The precedent of Mallemulele close to Thohoyandou in Limpopo Province may be mentioned as an example of a scenario where Hartbeespoort stays part of North-West, but forms a new municipality.
And finally - the status quo scenario of Hartbeespoort staying with Madibeng may be considered (if the community agrees), but only under the condition that they treat our community with better respect by just doing their job right and demonstrating that measures are put into place to maintain a sustained level of acceptable service. Empty promises won't suffice anymore and positive actions with measurable deeds need to be proven in response to a friendly joint request by our community.
Those who did not yet respond may add their voice to the 550 community members who already said that they support a) A move to Gauteng and / or b) An autonomous municipality. If you disagree with the move to Gauteng, but still support the idea of an autonomous municipality - please still sign the petition and just mention as such under "Comments". The website is here: