Change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It takes constant engagement, persistence, and dedication. It’s easy to get into the habit of going for a good old “dopamoan” kick, but sometimes it’s about getting things done. No matter how long it takes, and how much bureaucracy you face along the way. We believe in citizen action and engagement, and the numerous community initiatives in Hilton that have popped up like the elusive Hilton daisy, are testament to the levels of civic pride and love.
It is several years since the HRA committee resolved to pursue the possibility of establishing a UIP (sometimes referred to as a Special Rating Area) for Hilton. Although draft by-laws and policy were submitted to uMngeni early in 2020, no progress was made with their adoption. However, following the election of a new Council, the position has now changed.
There is support for UIPs within the current Council, and provision has been made for them in the new uMngeni Rates Policy.
We have recently agreed that the Hilton UIP will be branded "Love Hilton", a name which encapsulates a community collaborating to care for and improve our small town.
What is a UIP?
The establishment of UIPs within municipalities is provided for in legislation.
These exist widely in South Africa and internationally.
UIPs allow property owners, within a designated area, the opportunity to establish priorities and invest in the management of their area.
UIPs work closely with the municipalities, do not take over responsibilities of the municipality, and are not break-aways.
UIPs are funded by property owners agreeing to pay a small extra amount with their rates. This is collected by the municipality and transferred immediately to the Section 21 (Not for Profit) company established to manage the UIP.
The UIP Management Plan must be fully negotiated with the property owners, and approved through a referendum.