ADM HOSTS BAARD DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY ON A TWO-DAY WORKSTUDY VISIT
Amathole District Municipality [ADM] welcomed Northern Cape Province’s Frances Baard District Municipality [FBDM] during their two-day local economic development bilateral relations between the two districts.
Fundamental in FBDM’s visit was to gain knowledge and best local economic development practices with focus on ADM’s EPWP success in implementing its projects and support given to communities beyond the completion of the projects.
On their arrival on 05 May 2016, ADM Municipal Manager Chris Magwangqana welcomed the delegation of seven members at a venue in Beacon Bay, East London.
Giving a brief overview of district, he attributed the Local Economic Development successes to working together with local communities to utilize the vast rural landscape under its jurisdiction in line with its tourism, heritage and EPWP strategies.
“With over 800 000 populace, and mostly in rural areas, ours has been to ensure that we utilize the resources we have such as commercial [farming] and communal land to bring change to our communities. As a municipality, one of our responsibility is to ensure that we promote tourism, create safer environment to create more jobs which is what will take us toward local economic development”- said Magwangqana.
He further engaged the delegation on the ADM’s unique and only form of a moving [ from one municipality to the next ] Military Heritage Museum focusing on preserving history behind the lives of political combatants at camps in various countries such as Lusaka along with the history of Umkhonto weSizwe.
“Though this history may be written there, we also get to have the surviving military veterans narrating their personal experiences [during the museum's exhibitions]. Something that we are very proud of”- he said.
On day two, 06 May 2016, the delegation was taken on site visit to one of ADM’s Co-Operative ventures, namely, Varhoyi & Mgodleni Co-Op at Mxhalanga Village in Amahlathi LM.
The Varhoyi & Mgodleni Co-ops harvest maze which is traded at local food selling chain stores. “No amount of words can described how I feel to be able to put food on the table especially for an elderly person like me who didn’t finish school. The EPWP food production project is something great to be part of”- said Varhoyi and Mgodleni Co-Op Team Leader Nolist Spelman.
Among the ADM delegates were LHSED Director, Mpumelelo Gaba, EPWP Manager Khanyiso Wonci, and Intergovernmental Relations Manager Mbulelo Mxokiswa.