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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:13


SUNDAY, 20 JULY 2014

ADM Headquarters

The political leadership of Amathole District Municipality [ADM], the newly established national Department of Water and Sanitation office and Mnquma Local Municipality joined hands in honour and memory of the late Nelson Mandela. Marking 67 years of Madiba's contribution to public service, the entourage which also included ADM staff members, helped restore the human dignity of Hebehebe when they ventured into an extraordinary business of physically building 67 ablution facilities for the communities therein.

The intervention that was received with great ecstasy and ululation, benefited 77 families who for the first time will enjoy decent ablution facilities. ADM Executive Mayor Nomasikizi Konza in the company of Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation Honourable Pamela Tshwete and Mnquma Local Municipality Mayor Baba Ganjana, were hard at work building the facilities that are sure to improve living conditions of Hebehebe villagers.

Also partaking in erection of the structures was  ADM management and staff led by the Municipal Manager Chris Magwangqana. 

As the toilets were handed over to the beneficiaries, relief of having an ablution facility was evident in community members' faces. Previously, the villagers used bushes and ploughing fields to help themselves. Addressing the community of Hebe-Hebe that gathered at the local school ADM Executive Mayor Nomasikizi Konza certified the construction of toilets in the area as an integral part of celebrating the life of  Madiba. 

" The Mandela Day is a day that will forever be part of our history. The [erecting of ablution structures) initiative contributes to restoring the dignity of the villagers," said Konza. Reaching out to the communities and emphasising the importance of Ubuntu, she added that helping one another should not be a once off thing. "Every minute should be a Mandela minute," she said.

One of the beneficiaries, Muriel Nondyebo Joya,  could not hide her feeling of gratitude.  Asked what she would do if she were to see Mandela now that an ablution facility has been erected on her property in Madiba's memory Joya said: "I would definitely hug and kiss him".  

Addressing the various teams before their departure to various households at Hebe-Hebe, Tshwete said their presence in the area is also another way of thanking those that voted for the ruling party in the rural areas during the previous elections.

"Before I came here I consulted with those that are in power and was told that I must immensely thank you for voting for the ruling party. This comes after we realised that people from rural areas are the ones that voted ANC at an alarming rate as a result a decision has been taken to prioritise service delivery in such areas," said Tshwete.

ADM Municipal Manager Chris Magwangqana echoed the Deputy Minister as he did not mince his words when describing the intervention.

"Creating better lives for all our people is a fulfillment of the Freedom Charter" he said.

A 50 year old villager Mnikeli Gelebhe said, “these decent facilities are the first of a kind in the area. I am over the moon by this initiative.”

The Deputy Minister also said since the inception of her newly established department, they have introduced a programme known as "Adopt a River Campaign". 

She said 25 women have been trained on issues that are related to the cleaning and monitoring of rivers. "As black people we tend to undergo a number of cultural activities so there is a great need to clean our rivers," she said. Tshwete said they are planning to run the programme for a set period and will thereafter hand it over to the municipalities.  

The 18th of July marks the celebrations of the internationally observed Mandela Day. This historic day enjoins millions of South Africans and the international community, in life changing and nation building activities in honour of South Africa's first democratic President and International icon, "Isithwalandwe" u-Tata Nelson Mandela.

Preceding the building of toilets was the cleaning of Gcuwa River where community members picked up litter in correlation with ADM message of building clean and hygienic communities.  

The heartwarming day was ended with singing of a Happy Birthday song for Tata.


1. HEBE-HEBE HANDOVER: Clockwise: ADM Executive Mayor Nomasikizi Konza, Muriel Nondyebo Joya (beneficiary), Mnquma LM Mayor Baba Ganjana and Department of Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete

2. HEBE-HEBE ERECTION OF STRUCTURE,  Ralph Ronald Links in Blue Overalls and  Red Safety Gloves ( L ) and ADM Municipal Manager Chris Magwangqana ( R )

Issued by the Amathole District Municipality's Communications & Customer Care Unit.

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Written by GCIS   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:46



Every year on 18 July South Africans together with the international community honour our former president and international icon Nelson Mandela. We embrace Madiba’s values and honour his legacy through humanitarian acts and initiatives that acknowledge his never-ending quest to change the world for the better.

The overarching objective of Nelson Mandela International Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere to “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”

President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address announced that this year Mandela Day would be celebrated by working to clean up the South Africa. The President encouraged all South Africans to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to clean South Africa.

President Zuma said: “Let us begin planning for a major clean-up of our cities, town, township, villages, schools and beautify every part of our country”.

Nelson Mandela International Day was officially adopted by the United Nations in November 2009 as an annual international day. The UN noted it Mandela's "values and his dedication to the service of humanity" and acknowledging his contribution "to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world".

The idea is to do something that will benefit those around us on Nelson Mandela International Day was inspired by Mandela himself at his 90th birthday celebration in London's Hyde Park in 2008, when he said: "It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now." Today the Nelson Mandela International Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, and every day thereafter, to give back.

This year's Nelson Mandela International Day is particularly symbolic for South Africans as it is the first one since former president Nelson Mandela's passing. It offers South Africans and the world, an occasion to honour the ethos of the late former President Mandela in the year that also marks South Africa's 20 Years of Freedom.


Last Updated ( Monday, 21 July 2014 09:27 )
Written by Amathole District Municipality   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 13:37

On Saturday 7 June 2014, South Africa we woke up to the saddening news of the passing of one the veterans of our liberation struggle, Mama Epainette Nomaka Mbeki, mother of former President Thabo Mbeki and wife of the late and distinguished freedom fighter, Mr. Govan “Oom Gov” Mbeki. 

On behalf of Amathole District Municipality (ADM) Council, Management and Staff, we would like to extend our deeply felt condolences to the Mbeki family and all those affected by her passing. 

Ma Mbeki as was affectionally known to many, hailed from the rivers and the rich soil of Mbhashe Local Municipality (LM), the biggest LM of the rural ADM. She was undoubtedly the pride and a legend of Amathole. Her ethos and uncompromising principles were rooted on ‘Vuk’ukuzenzele’, a brainchild of the late Tata Nelson Mandela.  

She was a beacon of hope to the rural communities of Amathole and beyond. She successfully mobilized rural women and communities into small businesses and agricultural co-operatives, with a sole aim of fighting poverty and unemployment. We have indeed lost a distinguished community builder, an activist, a true and proud South African citizen. 

May Ma Mbeki’s wisdom with which she led, and the lessons she so generously shared, continue to guide and inspire us all eternally. 

We will forever be grateful and indebted to this noble stalwart for her passion, compassion and love that she had for the people of Ngcingwane, Mbhashe, Amathole, the Eastern Cape and South Africa.

The best tribute we can make as the District is to ensure that we continue her legacy by getting involved in the projects that were dear to her heart and finish what she started.

This we will do through the Mbhashe Local Municipality and other stakeholders. We will also continue and intensify our duties of bringing water and sanitation in rural areas, as she would have expected.

Siyabulela Mama wethu, ngokusithanda, ngobubele bakho, nange ntsebenzo yakho engumMangaliso.

Siyabulela ngokuthi uzenze idini, uthi nokuba ibifanele ukuba ugcakamele ilanga unabile uphumle, usuke uxhabashe ugabadele uhambele iintsapho zase Amathole, umaphikana unjalo.

Sibulela nakwi khaya lika Mbeki, ngokuthi lisinikezele ngesisikhukukazi, lingasivimbi koko lisivumele ukuba sincance njengokuba senzile.

Wanga ungaphula ngoxolo.

Sohlala sikuthanda kwaye sikukhumbula.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:52 )
Written by Office of the Premier, Bhisho   
Monday, 09 June 2014 14:25

Bhisho: Eastern Cape  Premier Phumulo Masualle has today, Saturday, 07 June 2014 learnt with shock and  a deep sense of sadness of the passing of mama Nomaka Epainette Mbeki during the early hours of this morning at St Dominic's Hospital in East London.

" On behalf of the people and the Government of the Eastern Cape, let me extend our most hearfelt condolences to both the Moerane and the Mbeki families on the passing of Mama Epainette Mbeki." We, especially extend our condolences  to Former President Thabo Mbeki and his brother Moeletsi as well as the entire extended family" said Premier Masualle.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 13:40 )
MEDIA STATEMENT 06 June 2014 TECHNICAL MUNIMEC MEETING ADOPTS KEY RESOLUTIONS THE Eastern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (EC COGTA) has completed its two day quarterly technical MuniMEC meeting from 05-06 June 2014, in PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mamnkeli Ngam   
Saturday, 07 June 2014 07:42


06 June 2014


THE Eastern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (EC COGTA) has completed its two day quarterly technical MuniMEC meeting from 05-06 June 2014, in East London, today. The meeting is attended by Municipal Managers (MM), Heads of Department (HoDs), representatives of Sectors departments, national COGTA and State Owned Enterprises (SOEs).This was the first meeting after the National and Provincial elections held on 07 May 2014. (The department has been formally renamed as the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). Formal processes are on-going in this regard).  

The meeting also took place against the backdrop of the Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL), Mr Fikile Devilliers Xasa having been deployed as the new political head of department. 

“We welcome MEC Xasa and commit our unwavering support to move delivery of services to greater heights to create better communities. In the same vein, we take this opportunity to thank former MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane for his support and wish him well in is new portfolio. We are excited about the new political challenges and we are energised to continue government work with increased urgency, rigour and accountability,” said the Superintendent-General (SG) of COGTA, Advocate Stanley Khanyile.” 

The technical MuniMEC session is the meeting of minds to unblock key service delivery bottlenecks, share best practices as well as foster integrated development planning and implementation to realise meaningful delivery of services to our communities. 

Though there has been some improvements on the state of Municipal audits, of particular concern, amongst other things, is the pace of that improvement, which is not as fast as one would have wanted, said Adv. Khanyile. 

To date, COGTA has provided support for the establishment of audit committees in 44 municipalities to improve audit outcomes. A consideration should be done to benchmark against the Province of KwaZulu/Natal where 54 out of 61 municipalities received unqualified audit opinions. 

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