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ADM TAKES PARLIAMENT TO THE PEOPLE
Amathole District Municipality (ADM) held its ordinary Council meeting at Mlungisi Community Commercial Park (MCCP) in Amahlathi Local Municipality on Friday 22nd August. ADM’s move is in keeping with the ideals of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) of ‘taking parliament to the people’. It is for the first time that a Council meeting is held outside ADM’s traditional venue in Calgary which is situated in East London. ADM’s Headquarters is currently in East London.
At its Special Council meeting held on the 30th June 2014, ADM Council took a decision to take parliament to the people by holding and rotating Council meetings among its local municipalities with a view toenhance public participation.
“The move to take parliament to the people speaks directly to our commitment to enhance public participation. It also responds to a call by MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Honourable Fikile Xasa for us to reconnect with our electorates. It is our hope that our people will take advantage of this rare opportunity and partake in the running of government” said ADM Executive Mayor, Councillor Nomasikizi Konza.
During its first Council meeting in the 2014/15 financial year, ADM has approved among other items:
- The 2013/14 Draft Annual Report and Financial Statements;
- A Feasibility study for the Management of Public Transport Facilities; and
- Writing off of debt for the indigent a total of R 1 687 188 65 between March and December 2013 and R6 433 159 25 between March and April bringing the total amount to R8 120 347 90 for the period under review.
The 2013/14 Annual Report highlights among other achievements, a healthy financial position of the municipality with clear evidence of financial viability as well as improved performance rate of 80%. In the report ADM boasts a 100% spend of its Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG). The Municipality is also sitting at 99.4% rate on payment of its creditors.Furthermore, the report highlighted a commendable growth on reduction deficit on socio-economic development of its communities (an executive summary of the annual report is attached herewith for your information and convenience).
The Annual Report will now be taken to the public for comments, through local government public participation forums before it is made final.
In his opening remarks, ADM Speaker Councilor Samkelo Janda reflected and condemned despicable acts of violence against women, in particular older women. He said the nation was challenged with appalling statistics of acts of violence, particularly in Mbhashe Local Municipality.
“Violence against women in our society has taken its tall and it is very unfortunate to hear of such inhumane acts of violence against women during the Women’s month. I wish to appeal to all community members to help us in a fight to root-out these foreign acts of brutality and inhumanity. They surely have no room in our maturing democracy and freedom” he said.
Councillor Janda ended his address by announcing that his office will be facilitating the resuscitation of structures of Moral Regeneration Movement in all seven local municipalities and the district, during the 2014/15 financial year.
Addressing Council on the social and economic gains of the current government on women empowerment, Councilor Tembisa Xundu-Kubukeli, ADM’s Portfolio Head for Community Liaison and Public Participation, in her capacity as the Chairperson of ADM Women’s Caucus, praised government for making commendable strides in creating an enabling environment for emancipation of women in South Africa.
While making an appeal to ADM Councilors and the nation at large, to double their efforts on women empowerment, she quoted the words of ANC’s longest serving President Oliver Reginald Tambo who said “empowering women is empowering the nation”.
“Government has done a lot in ensuring that the inhumane laws and practices against women were reversed. In education, social and economic sectors women are taking charge of their lives and are moving South Africa forward” she said.
She pleaded with all men to do their part in taking care of their children. Cllr Xundu-Kubukeli emphasized on the need to reduce the death toll at initiation schools. “Take care of our children, reduce deaths or we as women will take over from men and participate in initiation schools” she warned. She ended her address by chanting Malibongwe!
Through the majority party Chief Whip Cllr Sandla Mtintsilana, Council also heard of recommendations of a meetingbetween ADM Speaker and Chief Whip, Troika of Local Municipalities togetherwith the House of Traditional Leaders wherein it was resolved that there is a need for a concerted effort between the HTL and ADM (with its local municipalities) to deal with the pandemic of deaths at initiation schools and all cultural issues.
The sitting also witnessed the swearing-in of a new member of Council, Councillor Kayise Donald Msindwana of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) who replaced Cllr Mzimkhulu Tetyana.
Issued by the Amathole District Municipality's Communications & Customer Care Unit.
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