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ADM EXECUTIVE MAYOR WELCOMES PREMIER MASUALLE’S PUBLIC STATEMENT ON KEISKAMMAHOEK

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ADM EXECUTIVE MAYOR WELCOMES PREMIER MASUALLE’S PUBLIC STATEMENT ON KEISKAMMAHOEK

 

ADM HEADQUARTERS, 25 APRIL 2018,

 

ADM Executive Mayor Her Worship Cllr. Nomfusi Winnie Nxawe has welcomed Premier Masaulle’s public statement on Keiskammahoek. Responding to a rather volatile public protest in Keiskammahoek, the Honourable Premier of the Eastern Cape Province Mr. Phumulo Masualle, has on Tuesday morning, addressed members of the media on how the provincial, district and local government spheres were responding to the issues raised by the community of Keiskammahoek.

 

“We would like to warmly welcome and commend the move by the Honourable Premier Masualle, for his decision to address the public, on the matters relating to the public protest arising from the petition our government received from the community of Keiskammahoek. We are particularly pleased that the Honourable Premier has condemned the damaging of government property and lawlessness with the contempt it deserves. As Amathole District Municipality (ADM) we would like to offer our unwavering support and cooperation to the provincial government and Amahlathi Local Municipality, as we collectively seek to find a lasting solution to the recent and undesired scenes of violent protest that we have all witnessed in Keiskammahoek.

 

We continue to request for calm and continued orderly engagements between government, the leadership of the community of Keiskammahoek and all affected stakeholders. Our call is in keeping with our young democracy and the law, out of which we are encouraged to create an enabling environment for our communities to take part on matters of local government,” appealed ADM Executive Mayor Cllr. Nomfusi Winnie Nxawe.

 

In his address the Honourable Premier said: “We are here to take stock on what has government done since receiving the petition from the leadership of the community of Keiskammahoek. We had a team that was put together, coordinated by the Ministry of COGTA that led the charge on all the matters that the community raised.” 

 

The Keiskammahoek community had raised the following issues:

 

·         Surfacing of Roads;

·         Refurbishment of a hospital;

·         Refurbishment of a taxi rank;

·         Construction of a fire station;

·         Refurbishment of Steve Vukile Tshwete School;

·         Scholar transport;

·         Human settlements; and

·         Resuscitation Land claims. 

 

“In earnest, since the team was established, we had made a lot of progress in respect to the issues raised, which we shared with the team that led the community. We were at the point where we sought to give feedback to the community on what government is doing on those matters, where the team leading the community, SANCO leadership there felt otherwise. Otherwise we had committed ourselves within seven days that we should have made strides to go and report back to the community as to what we are doing about these matters,” he said.

 

Masualle further reassured the public that government adopted a plan that whilst the community engagements were ongoing, the things that can be addressed immediately must be addressed.

 

“We already have units of plant and equipment that is deployed in the area that already is doing well. We have confirmed that the school is to be built and everything in that regard is being done with the community taken on board in respect of steps that are necessary when a school is to be built. In respect of the hospital, we have already progressed. An amount of R30 million is committed by government to ensure the refurbishment of the hospital in question. And all of that we need just an opportunity to be able to interact with the community,” he added.

 

Premier Masualle was however quick to condemn damaging of government of property and acts of criminality which happened at the backdrop of negotiations unfolding. He deemed “unfortunate” the criminal actions which stormed from the visible acts of violence and lawlessness.

 

Addressing the issue of a taxi rank and the land claims, ADM Municipal Manager, Dr. Thandekile Mnyimba said: “Whilst we pray for an opportunity for a proper engagement between the community and government, it is important to highlight that the ADM has already initiated procurement processes for a consulting engineer to conduct an assessment and cost the scope of work for the refurbishment of the taxi rank in Keiskammahoek. On the other hand, despite community disagreements on how should ADM roll out the R20 million worth of projects linked to the community’s Betterment Settlement we are ready to resuscitate all projects for the nine (9) villages of Keiskammahoek.”

 

Dr. Mnyimba said that out of the R44 million set aside for the development projects in those nine villages, R24 million has already been spent; and it was the same community that had brought the project to a halt owing to an unreasonable demand to appoint an independent Implementing Agent for the project, something that was not provided for in the tripartite settlement agreement between ADM, Amahlathi Local Municipality and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

 

“In this regard, we had proposed that a political solution be found in resolving the Keiskammahoek Land Claim Project”, Dr. Mnyimba concluded. 

 

Ends.

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ADM TO HOST OCEAN ECONOMY

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 ADM TO HOST OCEAN ECONOMY

 

  15TH March 2018

 

The Amathole District Municipality will host Ocean Economy Workshop tomorrow the 16th March 2018, in preparation for the Provincial Investor Conference planned for April 2018. Targeted for this workshop are the four (4) coastal municipalities under ADM jurisdiction, namely, Mnquma, Ngqushwa, Mbhashe and Great Kei. The workshop will see a high level delegation from National and Provincial government descend to the ADM Boardrooms to deliberate on the ocean economy initiative. Dubbed #OperationPhakisa the initiative will bring about possible investment opportunities and game-changing economic spin offs for ADM communities.

 

“The workshop will equip our local municipalities to unlock ocean wealth opportunities for that will benefit our communities in the lines of improved living standards through sustainable job creation” - said ADM Executive Mayor Cllr Nomfusi Winnie Nxawe. 

Cllr Nxawe added that for better management and efficient oversight, the program would have to be “included in our Integrated Development Plan and will be tabled at the State of the District Address scheduled for May 2018”.

Key speakers at this workshop include the Deputy Director General of National Department of Public Works Mr. Sam Thobagale and the Office of the Premier’s Mr. Mahlubandile Qwase, respectively. In attendance will be the King of AmaXhosa, King Mpendulo Ahh! Zwelonke! Sigcau and Queen Noloyiso Ahh! Noloyiso! of the Rharhabe.

 

Executive Mayors, Mayors and Municipal Managers of the targeted LMs are expected to attend this ground-breaking milestone for the district and its local municipalities.

 

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover this prestigious event scheduled as follows;

 

Date: 16th March 2018

Venue: ADM Boardrooms, 1st Floor

Time: 09h00am

 

For more information contact Senior Manager Communications and Customer Care Mr. Siyabulela Makunga on 072 768 0238, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.amathole.gov.za 

 

Issued by ADM Communications and Customer Care Unit.

 

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