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.