Media Statement

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ADM Headquarters, 25 January 2022
As the leadership of the Amathole District Municipality(ADM) we are deeply disturbed by the humilating incidence which took place at our Head Office where security officials dragged a member of the Mayoral Committee, Councilor Nanziwe Rulashe in an inhumane and barbaric manner. We have seen a video footage where Councilor Rulashe was manhandled by male security guards out of the municipal building yesterday.
This embarrassing and unfortunate event happened when the political leadership of the municipality and the Municipal Manager were engaged in Council business in Mnquma and Mbhashe Local Municipalities, where the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation was doing its oversight work on ADM water infrastructure projects.
Understanding the gravity of this and the harm that it has caused to Councilor Rulashe as a woman and as a human being, we decided to institute a detailed investigation with the view to uncover all the facts and get to the bottom of this matter. We are aware that four officials have been arrested and appeared in the East London Magistrate Court today.
We are fully alive to the trauma that has been caused to Councilor Rulashe and as such we will provide her with the necessary professional support through a counselor. We are committing to make the environment in the institution comfortable and welcoming for Councilor Rulashe and all other female councilors and staff to do their work.
We today convened Troika and we have written to the Municipal Manager and all officials who were close to the activities to provide a report by the close of business today. We have also written to the Members of the Mayoral Committee who were present to provide us with a briefing within 24 hours. This will allow us to get to the bottom of the matter, whilst it still proceeds in the courts.
The municipality has taken a step to suspend the Head of Security of the District pending the finalization of the investigation. We have also requested the security company that provides services to the municipality to act against the security officials that were responsible for the unfortunate act of violence and to provide us with a report regarding remedial actions taken. We have managed to get the names of the security personnel involved and we will ensure that they never get to work in any building of Amathole District Municipality.
Our most sincere apologies go to Councilor Nanziwe Rulashe, her friends and her family. We also want to apologize to the women of our country and everyone who has been pained by this unfortunate act of violence meted on a woman. We regret the incident and promise the people of Amathole that we will leave no stones unturned to ensure that justice is served accordingly.
This statement must be attributed to ADM Executive Mayor Cllr Nceba Ndikinda

HEAVY RAINS STRIKE AGAIN IN AMATHOLE WITHIN 3 WEEKS

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HEAVY RAINS STRIKE AGAIN IN AMATHOLE WITHIN 3 WEEKS

 

ADM HEADQUARTERS - SATURDAY, 08 JANUARY 2022

 

Dust has barely settled since the previous disaster that caused severe damage to property, vehicles and electrical cables across Amathole District Municipality (ADM), yet another tragedy has occurred today as a result of heavy rains. 

 

In Shixini village, Dutywa, a car with four occupants was swept away by heavy rains resulting to three fatalities. Details of the deceased have not yet been released by relevant authorities. 

 

Many households have been damaged in Mnquma and Mbhashe Local Municipalities including a school in Willowvale. ADM disaster teams have been dispatched to both municipalities and are working with ward committees and Ward Councillors to collate lists of affected communities. 

 

A multidisciplinary approach will be undertaken to ensure immediate social relief support to affected communities. 

 

ADM Executive Mayor Cllr Nceba Ndikinda and his Mayoral Committee Members will visit the affected areas tomorrow. 

 

*there are developing events*

 

For media enquiries contact ADM Spokesperson Nonceba Madikizela-Vuso on 082 ‪419 0161‬ | Whatsapp 083 ‪516 9122‬ | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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ADM CONCLUDES DISASTER ASSESSMENTS

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ADM CONCLUDES DISASTER ASSESSMENTS

 

ADM HEADQUARTERS - THURSDAY, 23 DECEMBER 2021 

 

Amathole District Municipality disaster teams, Local Municipality Cllrs and local disaster teams have concluded assessments on four of the five affected municipalities. 

 

Disaster teams have been working tirelessly under the leadership of local cllrs ensuring that no house is left uncounted that has been affected by recent storms which left many destitute with some taking refuge in community halls or with relatives. 

 

In Amahlathi LM, affected areas include  Ward 1, 8, 11, 12 and 16 resulting to 100 totally destroyed homes and 66 tht are partially damaged. A primary school, Eskom powerlines and two local churches were not spared from the damage. 

 

In Mbhashe LM, areas affected are ward 2, 11, 12, 13, 15, 20, 22, 25 and 32 leaving 38 houses totally destroyed and 55 partially damaged. 

 

In Ngqushwa LM, the storm hit ward 7 and 9 leaving 4 homes totally destroyed and 2 partially damaged

 

Raymond Mhlaba has so far been the most hard hit municipality where vehicles, schools, bridges and power lines were not spared in the disaster whilst 323 houses were totally destroyed and 617 partially damaged in ward 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 and 21 

 

Assessment has not yet been concluded in Mnquma, wards that have since been counted include ward 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32. 

 

Executive Mayors and Mayors in the affected municipalities presided over Joint operations committees comprising of key stakeholders to determine short, medium and long term interventions applicable to those affected. Subsequently, the Provincial and National Department of Human Settlements has been activated to provide temporal and permanent housing, the Department of Social Development and its agent SASSA have also been notified for social relief and counseling services where applicable. Humanitarian orgisations such as Gift of the Givers reached out to government and supplied 1000 food parcels, matrasses and blankets in aid of affected communities.

 

For media enquiries contact ADM Spokesperson Nonceba Madikizela-Vuso on 082 ‪419 0161‬ | Whatsapp 083 ‪516 9122‬ | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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