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ADM HOSTS BAARD DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY ON A TWO-DAY WORKSTUDY VISIT

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.

Looking Back at the ADM Council Open Day

The Amathole District Municipality (ADM) hosted the council open day as part of the Back to Basics (B2B) at Mzomhle location Great hall, Komga, Great Kei LM on 22 April 2016.

In the effort to uphold its commitments to its communities, the Council’s Reviewed its Integrated Development Plan [IDP] and Budget for the fiscal 2016/17 commencing from 1 July 2016.

ADM speaker Cllr Samkelo Janda who was the program director, took the platform introductions and acknowledgements of designations at the council open day. “Let me take this opportunity in welcoming you all to this council open day by the ADM. In today’s speech by the executive mayor she will unpack the purpose of why are we here today,” said Janda.

ADM Acting Executive Mayor Cllr Laverne Jacobs, Included in her address was the intervention measures to the service delivery issues which were raised by the seven local municipalities during the IDP/Budget Roadshows held in April 2016. High on the list of interventions was the drought relief and awareness campaigns which have to date led to the kick-start of water shedding in various areas within the district.

“It is an honour and a privilege to present to you the IDP and Budget for the financial year 2016/17. It is also important for us to understand the issues of IDP and the legislative context,” she said.

A visible excited Great Kei community member Mrs Nombulelo Mbidlana said, “it gives me great joy to see government here today as it shows that we are important, I am happy with the service delivery items raised by ADM in this program”.

Among the distinguished guests who grace the event with their presence was AmaXhosa King, His Majesty Mpendulo Sigcawu, Aah Zwelonke!

 

ADM IDP-BUDGET ROADSHOWS TO OFFICIALLY COMMENCE THIS WEEK

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ADM IDP-BUDGET ROADSHOWS TO OFFICIALLY COMMENCE THIS WEEK
 
 
                                    
 
ADM Headquarters, Monday, 4 April 2016
 
Amathole District Municipality (ADM) Executive Mayor Nomasikizi Konza will officially commence her roadshows on the Draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Budget framework at Amahlathi, Ngqushwa and Great Kei concurrently on Thursday the 07th of April 2016, following its endorsement by Council on the 31st of March 2016.
The Annual IDP roadshows are considered to be one of the biggest public participation platforms out of which a master plan on the overall development framework for programmes and/or projects is developed for the benefit of all ADM communities. The roadshows also reaffirm ADM’s recommitment to local government’s Back to Basics campaign. This annual public engagement further gives credence to ADM’s public participation programme while deepening participatory democracy, transparency and accountability. 
During the roadshows communities are afforded a rare opportunity to assess/reflect on the progress made by ADM in changing their livelihoods while engaging the Executive on areas and issues that require attention. This year’s roadshows are unique in that one of the key elements of discussions will be the service delivery strides made by the outgoing Council during its 5 year term of office.
The IDP roadshows will be held as follows in other LMs;
Date
Local Municipality
Venue
Time
Thursday 7th April 2016
Amahlathi
Ngqushwa
Keiskamahoek Hall
Ncumisa Kondlo
10h00
10h00
Friday 8th  April 2016
Mbhashe
Mnquma
Dutywa TRC Hall
Centane TRC Hall
10h00
10h00
Wednesday 13th April 2016
Nxuba & Nkonkobe
Town Hall
Happy rest Hall
10h00
10h00
 
Members of the media are cordially invited to attend and cover the roadshows.
Issued by the Communications and Customer Care Unit.
 
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GOVERNMENT SET TO TROUBLE SHOOT SERVICE DELIVERY ISSUES

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08 March 2016

GOVERNMENT SET TO TROUBLE SHOOT SERVICE DELIVERY ISSUES

 

Cogta MEC Fikile Xasa has noted with concern the disruption of the registration process in some parts of the Eastern Cape Province on 05-06 March 2016. As a result, in Ntabankulu the affected Voting Districts (VD), registration of voters could not take place in five (5) voting stations in Wards 15 namely Tonti, Solomon Gagane, Ngqani and Ngonyameni. 

 

In Ward 16, two voting stations were affected in Mabofu and Mazeni. Other affected areas were in Mount Ayliff, Port St Johns and Mnquma, Mbashe, Sakhisizwe local municipalities. Communities protested due to complaints about access roads, housing, water and sanitation and unemployment. 

 

MEC Xasa said government, led by Cogta as the coordinating department will send a team of officials this week to the affected areas to address the source of the current challenges. 

 

“In the same vein we encourage all public representatives, to put the interests of our people and communities first to become their own liberators. Let us bring hope to our people and ease their frustrations by delivering services urgently within realistic timeframes.” 

 

 

 

Government calls on people of the Province to respect the right of others to register to vote in the upcoming 2016 local government elections without any hindrance. Those who continue to disrupt election related activities will face the full might of the law.

 

He called for the strengthening of working partnerships with all key stakeholders including traditional leaders, Ward Councillors, Ward Committees and Community Development Workers (CDWs) to address issues of service delivery. 

 

Ends.

 

Issued by the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Enquiries: Mamnkeli Ngam: 071 685 7981.

 

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