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Boundary changes have no political agenda

The Demarcations Board is currently deciding on the creation of a new West Rand Metro.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Local Government Department on Monday denied that political motives were behind proposals to make significant changes to municipal boundaries in the province.

One proposal currently before the Demarcations Board would see Roodepoort and parts of Soweto moved from the City of Johannesburg to a new West Rand Metro.

Johannesburg would lose significant areas of economic development, including Lanseria airport.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) claims there could be sinister motives behind the proposals, as bigger municipalities mean more money for officials and a larger portion of the provincial budget.

Local government's Bongani More denied this was the reason for the plans.

"We look at economic flows, the location of infrastructure, we then look at the relationships among the people themselves and it's upon that, that we make certain proposals."

The process could take up to three years to complete.

DA councillor Denis Hunt said those who could be affected must make their voices heard.

"If the members of the public want to object, they must start making a noise."

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