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ADM PUTS A FINGER ON PROVISION OF WATER AND SANITATION PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siyabulela Makunga   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 21:31

MEDIA RELEASE 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 


ADM PUTS A FINGER ON PROVISION OF WATER AND SANITATION


- 2014 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS-


12 April 2014 



 During a colourful State of the District Address (SoDA) held at Mlungisi Community Commercial Park (MCCP) in Stutterheim on Friday, 11 April 2014, Amathole District Municipality (ADM) has again put a finger on provision of water and sanitation for the 2014/15 financial year.


ADM Executive Mayor announced that the Municiapality's R1. 870 billion total budget allocation for  2014/15 is biased towards provision of water and sanitation. 


Konza said as the district is the water service authority, it is inevitable to prioritise this function.


She said 66.71% of the total budget is allocated to Engineering Services for water and sanitation while 95.53 of total capital budget is allocated to Engineering Services for water and sanitation. 


In addition, the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) allocation 55% is allocated for water projects and 40% to sanitation projects,” emphasised Konza.


Highlighting ADM's economic development strides, Konza also the institution's decision to establish ASPIRE, as its Economic Development Agency, has yielded positive results. Aspire, registered as the Amathole Economic Development Agency, is a proprietary limited company established in September 2005 and is wholly owned by the Amathole District Municipality. Aspire’s vision is to be a pioneer in the stimulation of spatial economic development.


Among its achievements, is the renewal of 12 small towns within ADM's jurisdiction. This has gone a long way towards enabling people to have decent livelihoods. Residents of Alice, Butterworth, Idutywa, Hamburg, Stutterheim, Cathcart, Peddie, Keiskammahoek and Fort Beaufort have benefited immensely from the Regeneration of Small Towns. She said ASPIRE is a catalyst to economic rehabilitation and sustainability of these areas.


The Mlungisi Community Commercial Park ( MCCP), recently launched at Amahlathi Local Municipality in February, is one but of several projects Aspire successfully completed in local municipalities falling within ADM. The MCCP was built at a tune of 49 million rands and is a much need service infrastructure and the first of its kind in the entire Eastern Cape.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 April 2014 09:07 )
 
COUNCIL OPEN DAY PAVES WAY FOR 2014 SODA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:37

MEDIA RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

COUNCIL OPEN DAY PAVES WAY FOR 2014 SODA

 


The Amathole District Municipality (ADM) successfully held its Council Open Day yesterday the 08th April 2014 at Kei Mouth Town Hall. Directing the proceedings, ADM Speaker, Samkelo Janda, emphasized on the importance of the gathering “This is not only an ordinary council meeting, this is an extremely important day, as it involves our important stakeholder, the public” said Janda. Preceded by the IDP/Budget Road shows that took place around the District between the 02nd and 4th April 2014, the Council Open Day was the last lap of the public participation and consultative dialogues.

 

In the main, the Executive Mayor’s address highlighted ADM’s continued commitment to providing selfless, excellent and sustainable service to all communities within the district. Targeting the ADM competency areas of service delivery, the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) has been allocated as follows;

 

  Nxuba LM: 20million

  Ngqushwa LM: 39.5million

  Amahlathi LM: 66.5million

  Great Kei LM: 19.15million

  Nkonkobe LM: 41.4million

  Mnquma LM: 114.4million

  Mbhashe LM: 111.64million 

 

The allocated budget will be rolled out in the 2014/5 financial year with a particular focus on backlogs on water and sanitation programmes.

 

 
State of the District Address [SoDA] Media Invite PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siyabulela Makunga   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:23

09 April 2014

 

MEDIA INVITE 

 

TO: ALL MEDIA HOUSES

 

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend and cover the State of the District Address [SoDA] which will be delivered by Amathole District Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Nomasikizi Konza on Friday, 11 April 2014. This year's SoDA will be held at Mlungisi Community Commercial Park (MCCP) in Stutterheim, Amahlathi Local Municipality at 11h00. 

 

This will be Cllr Konza's third (3rd) SoDA since taking office in 2011. 

 

In her address, the Executive Mayor is expected to take a deliberate bias towards all service delivery issues raised by communities during the recent public participation dialogues such as the IDP/Budget Roadshows and Council Open Day. The Honourable Executive Mayor will also table local municipality-based budget allocations on all ADM competency areas of service delivery, for the 2014/15.  

 

Themed Working Together With Our People To Tell A Good Story, the SoDA will also to outline the strides made by the municipality in the past 20 years, in its resolute cause to ensure selfless, excellent, sustainable service delivery to all its communities. The Executive Mayor has also hinted on a few surprises in terms of exciting announcements on her Mayoral Intervention Programme, beneficiaries of which are usually destitute communities or individuals.

 

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE REQUESTED TO RSVP ON OR BEFORE THURSDAY @ 14H00 @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Cell: +27 (0) 82 419 0161  

 

BROADCAST OF THE SoDA 

 

The event will be broadcast live on all Eastern Cape Community Radio Stations including but not limited to Forte FM, Vukani FM, UCR, Izwi Lethemba, Mdantsane FM & Link FM 

Amathole District Municipality has also made arrangements for the Executive Mayor’s State Of the District Address to be streamed live on ADM’s website (www.amathole.gov.za).


 
COUNCIL OPEN DAY TO ROUND OFF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON IDP & BUDGET ROADSHOWS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siyabulela Makunga   
Monday, 07 April 2014 18:48

COUNCIL OPEN DAY TO ROUND OFF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON IDP & BUDGET ROADSHOWS


MONDAY, 07 APRIL 2014


The Amathole District Municipality Executive Mayor, Nomasikizi Konza, is expected to respond to the public comments on IDP and Budget, during her address at tomorrow’s Council Open Day.


The Council Open Day is scheduled to take place on Tuesday the 08th April 2014 at Kei Mouth Town Hall, Great Kei Local Municipality @ 11h00. Preceded by the IDP Road shows that took place around the District between the 02nd and 4th April 2014, the Council Open Day is expected to round off public participation on the IDP and Budget for the 2014/15 financial year. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:24 )
 
ADM IDP Roadshows officially underway. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sisa Sityata-Soga   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:18

Media Release

For Immediate Release.

ADM IDP Roadshows officially underway.



Amathole District Municipality (ADM) Executive Mayor Nomasikizi Konza officially started her IDP framework and Budget process roadshows at Ndabakazi TRC Hall this morning, following its adoption by Council on 30 August 2013.


The Integrated Development Plan Roadshow is considered one the biggest public participation platform out of which a master plan that gives an overall framework for the development of programmes and/or projects for the benefit of communities. The exercise give credence to local government public participation while deepening democracy, transparency and accountability. 

It also outlines timeframes of implementation of the IDP, structures and processes involved in the attainment of key service delivery milestones. Communities are also afforded a rare opportunity to assess the progress made by ADM in changing their livelihoods while robustly engaging the Executive on areas and issues that require attention. 

ADM's Acting Executive Mayor Cllr Siyabulela Genu, in the company of other mayoral committee members and Mnquma LM Councillors, tabled the report and he deemed key in the co-ordination of the work of the local and other government spheres “to improve the quality of life for all Amathole communities”.

“It is for this reason, among many, that we have set a framework for how our basic services should be delivered, what infrastructure and services are needed to improve the lives of our people,” said Genu.


Though issues at hand mainly dealt with water and sanitation concerns, many still applauded the municipality for the services rendered during the period under review.

Local government leadership viewed the communities impressions of the work done by ADM so far, as a living testimony of the people's story of the 20 years of freedom and democracy.

“I would like to thank Amathole District Municipality for all the services that they have afforded us. As I stand here, I just got a call confirming that in our village, surveys are currently being undertaken for delivery of water and electricity services,” said a ward 12 community member of Magalakangqa village.


Putting emphasis on the government of transparency, Genu allowed for community members to also voice out the thorny issues around their areas. This he said was necessary as it meaningfully position communities’ contribution towards development targets and priorities planned for their areas.


“I urge for Ward Committees and Ward Councillors to have forums that will feed into the IDP fora where people’s issues are raised at the relevant platforms so we can start seeing the progress in our communities.  We should not allow for infighting between the community and community leaders, to impact negatively on the work that has been achieved,” he urged.


Government policy is to provide a free basic amount of service for particularly water and sanitation to houses that otherwise do not have access to such services. The ADM will provide services that meet the basic need of the poor in our communities in a cost effective and affordable manner and this can be achieved through local municipalities working together with the district.


The IDP roadshows will be held concurrently at all ADM seven local municipalities. 



Members of the media and the public are cordially invited to attend the Roadshows.


Please visit www.amathole.gov.za for more details ADM roadshows.




Last Updated ( Monday, 07 April 2014 18:50 )
 
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