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ADM COUNCIL ENDORSES NEW EXECUTIVE MAYOR

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ADM COUNCIL ENDORSES NEW EXECUTIVE MAYOR

ADM HEADQUARTERS, 25 MARCH 2020

Following the resignation of Cllr Nomfusi Nxawe as the Amathole District Municipality (ADM) Executive Mayor, Cllr Khanyile Maneli has been endorsed as the new ADM Executive Mayor. Maneli was first sworn in as the councillor of ADM in a vacancy left by another resignation of a Member of Mayoral Committee, Cllr Sithembele Zuka. ADM Council nominated and endorsed Maneli as the new ADM Executive Mayor in a special council meeting held today the 25th March 2020.

“As this council, we welcome the new Executive Mayor, he will receive our unwavering support to ensure he carries his responsibility with ease.” Said ADM council Speaker Cllr Nceba Ndikinda.

Issued by the ADM Communications and Customer Care Unit.

For all Media queries contact ADM Spokesperson, Nonceba Madikizela-Vuso on 0824190161 or WhatsApp 0835169122

INTLANGANISO YEBHUNGA EKHETHEKILEYO /SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

 

Dr T.T Mnyimba, the Municipal Manager as duly instructed by the Speaker of the Amathole District Municipality (Cllr. N. Ndikinda) hereby gives notice, in terms of Section 19(b) of the Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, as amended, that a Special Council meeting of the Amathole District Municipality will be held on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 at 11:00 in the Calgary Conference Centre, Macleantown Road, East London. 

 

In terms of Section 20(1) of the Municipal Systems Act, members of the public, the media and other interested parties or bodies are invited to attend the meeting.

 

 

INTLANGANISO YEBHUNGA EKHETHEKILEYO  

 

Dr T.T Mnyimba uMphathi kaMasipala, njengoko eyalelwe nguSomlomo kaMasipala weSithili iAmathole (uCeba. N. Ndikinda) wazisa, ngokwe Candelo 19(b) lo Mthetho olawula uhlobo lokusebenza kooMasipala, Act 32 of 2000, ukuba intlanganiso yebhunga ekhethekileyo yeleSithili i Amathole iyakubanjwa ngo Lwethathu umhla we 25 kweyoKwindla 2020 ngentsimbi yeshumi elinanye kusasa (11:00) kwiholo iCalgary, eMacleantown Road, eMonti. 

 

NgokweCandelo 20(1) loMthetho wooMasipala, uluntu ngokubanzi, iintatheli kwakunye namanye amaqela anomdla ayamenywa ukuba abe yinxalenye yale ntlanganiso.

 

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT UNDERWAY

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT UNDERWAY

 

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12 Mach 2020

The current economic headwinds facing Amathole District Municipality [ADM] have compelled the current leadership to look deeper into the socio-economic status of the district and accordingly devise a strategic reform to create an enabling environment towards economic growth and development. During the summit, held at East London ICC from 10-12 March 2020, the Acting Executive Mayor Cllr Zibuthe Mnqwazi’s welcoming address provided a highly anticipated stand especially with regards to the district’s position on the “historic and inherent exclusion of [ADM] people from any form of economic participation”.

“The current socio-economic profile of the district paints a rather less desired state of economic development….characterised by high levels of unemployment, rising levels of poverty and a general poor Human Development Index” – he affirmed and forwarded a progressive challenge to the attendees to find ways to respond to the question “how do we create sustainable wealth in order to achieve Vision 2058, (sic) a truly smart district?” “There is no doubt that this District has all the potential to be a hub for economic growth in the province. With the help of our Economic Development Agency, ASPIRE, we need to dedicate our time and resources in unlocking its true potential for all sectors and more especially Enterprise Development, Tourism & Heritage, Agriculture and ICT” – he said.

Facilitated by the Presidential 4IR Commissioner Lindiwe Mkhonza, the three-day summit is attended by over 300 delegates mainly from local and international including SMMEs under the theme “Sustainable Wealth Creation for Amathole District within the 4IR”.

Speaking on the first day was ADM Municipal Manager Dr Thandekile Mnyimba, outlined the municipality’s strategic outlook. Mnyimba brought the spotlight onto the district’s populace of 912 000 of which 580 000, he declared as still living in poverty with unemployment rate sitting at 37, 4%. It is from such indicators that he fervently advocated for a “different way of thinking”. The mind shift, he said, would take ADM to where it should be. This he said was “important to build a culture of excellence” coupled with, among other things, financial sustainability which powers the necessity to build a sound financial base to realize the service delivery goal of ADM.

In line with the summit he outlined the key game changers for the district and among them an Integrated Marine Precinct and Sea Water Desalination Plant, Revitalisation of Crop Plantation and Irrigation Schemes. While the former will focus on the future sustainability of water resource development and management, the latter seeks to ensure that the local entrepreneurship develops to grow the economy of the district through its six local municipalities. Mnyimba is confident that ADM has what it takes to rise from the current economic position and agrees with various economic research on key policy interventions which can boost not only local economy and business confidence but also attract investors to the district.

“In the near future we want to become a water conscious district with sufficient knowledge and skills in the water sector. This will require that we implement strong water governance with resilient stakeholder partnerships that advance the more explicit 2nd phase of the National Development Plan to achieve water security under climate change” he said, adding the futuristic outlook for the district as “a water-smart economy and a leader in Africa in commercializing low-water technologies for industry and agriculture”. Reflecting on the ADM future plans whilst connecting live to the conference through skype to address the gathering, the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Ms Stella Ndabeni Abrahams commended the district for “taking it upon themselves to be prepared in the eventuality that when the next phase of the District Development Model arrives, they will have a clear plan of execution. I will have to indicate to the Minister of COGTA that Amathole is now a better candidate for the next phase” she said, whilst advancing the inclusion of communities in the digital revolution. This she based on StatsSA’s 2016 Community Survey which points out that more than 90% of the citizens within Amathole District Municipality do not have internet access “We know that access to the internet fuels the ability for any persons or community to participate meaningfully in the digital economy” added Ndabeni Abrahams. On this day, 11 March 2020, academic papers by scholars and administrators were presented with focus on leadership, human capital development, agriculture and poverty alleviation as well as sound financial management within the forth industrial revolution setting. ADM Economic Growth and Development Draft Strategy was discussed at length in a panel discussion led by Presidential 4IR Commissioners Prof Chris Adendorff and Lindiwe Mkhonza to ensure it encapsulates the 4IR agenda for South Africa. These papers alongside resolutions of the summit, will be made available on the www.amathole.gov.za website as soon as the summit concludes.

Today as the summit enters its third and final day, the SMMEs will be centre of the day. ADM is walking the talk by deliberately positioning itself to actively promote entrepreneurship between the district and potential stakeholders under various interests sections.

Various SMMEs have been showcasing their products in an effort to attract more business interest from short term potential buyers and long term funders.

ADM ACTING EXEC MAYOR MNQWAZI SENDS MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE AS BUS ACCIDENT LEAVES 21 PASSENGERS DEAD AND MANY MORE INJURED

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The Acting Executive Mayor of the Amathole District Municipality: Cllr. Zibuthe Mnqwazi sends his message of condolences to the families of the victims of the now 21 people who died  when the bus they were travelling in turned-over a cliff and left scores of passengers injured today, 02 March 2020. The incident occurred between Thafalofefe Hospital and Centane. The numbers of both dead and injured is likely to keep rising as district and provincial rescue teams in the area keep combing parts of the cliff for casualties.

 

"On behalf of ADM family, I would like convey our deepest, heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families of the now 21 deceased people. The people of Amathole mourn with the bereaved families and prays for those injured. I would like to urge our road users, drivers and pedestrians alike to always exercise caution when using our roads" - said Mnqwazi. 

 

Issued by ADM Communications 

 

 

 

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JOINT GOVERNMENT WATER INITIATIVE YIELDS POSITIVE RESULTS FOR BUTTERWORTH COMMUNITY

In its first joint meeting held at Mnquma Council Chambers, today, 21 February 2020, solutions on what needed to be done to mitigate the situation of no water in the Butterworth area came under discussion. In the meeting, the Technical Task Team, which is led by the EC Premier’s Office, reported that some areas in Butterworth are receiving water and community leaders corroborated that areas such as Vulli-Valley, Cuba, Extension 24, iBika and the Madiba Section have indeed confirmed that they are now receiving water, much to their satisfaction. The established Mnquma Water Intervention Technical Task Team comprises of all the stakeholders that have been making inroads in dealing with the water crisis in the municipality. The stakeholders include the Department of Water and Sanitation, Amathole District Municipality, Amatola Water, Ministerial National Rapid Response Task Team as well as Concerned Community Members Local Businesses, Mnquma Local Municipality,. The Mnquma Water intervention

Technical Task Team’s purpose is to ensure that the issues that are facing the residents of Butterworth, to a point of them shutting down the town, are speedily resolved.

Whilst the relief has been greatly received, concerns over areas that are still without water was also raised. As the technical task team is currently focusing on Butterworth, it is by no means a matter that says they are forgetting about other areas in broader Mnquma Local Municipality. Drought is a major disaster in the Amathole District Municipality, more so in relation to the total economic loss and number of people that continue to be affected. The condition has gone further to seriously impact on both poor rural villagers and business owners in the area.

While summer rains are currently experienced with frequency, it is a known fact that once the dry season approaches, the sad reality is that it will likely yield the lowest to no rain at all. Communities were further urged to also harvest water as much as possible as a contingency measure for when the dry season approaches.

 

Prepared & issued by the Mnquma Drought Intervention Technical Task Team

Department of Water & Sanitation: Portia Makhanya : 083 782 9916 | ADM: Sisa

Soga-Msiwa 079 889 4921 | Amatola Water Board: Nosisa Sogayise 083 357 7953

www.amathole.gov.za www.amatolawater.co.za www.ecprov.gov.

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