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Government sector departments join hands to change the game on disaster management PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siyabulela Makunga   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 19:06

Media Release

 

For Immediate Release

 

Government sector departments join hands to change the game on disaster management

 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


ADM Headquarters


Government sector departments have joined hands to change the game on disaster management. This ground-breaking resolution was sealed at Amathole District Municipality (ADM) Disaster Management Summit through the signing of a commitment pledge by key role players of disaster management at national, provincial and district levels.


The two-day Summit was held at Empekweni Beach Resort situated in Ngqushwa Local Municipality from the 16th and 17th of October 2014.


The parties pledged to “strive for uniformity through a multi-sectoral approach in disaster management within the Amathole District Municipality.”


In her opening address, ADM Executive Mayor Cllr Nomasikizi Konza emphasized that “interacting with various stakeholders in disaster management” will among other things ensure development of plans in response to disasters while strengthening monitoring and evaluation.


Among the key recommendations taken by the Summit are:



  • conducting community based risk assessment;
  • reviving provincial technical and Inter-Ministerial Disaster Management Forum;
  • revitalising of an integrated rapid response and recovery operations;
  • strengthening the functioning of structures;
  • enhancement of communication at all levels; 
  • strengthening of monitoring and evaluation; and
  • revitalizing utilization of disaster management funding;



The game-changing Summit culminated from the resolution of the ADM Mayoral Committee that a summit on disaster management be hosted for key stakeholders to present their roles and responsibilities in disaster management. MayCo’s decision came after the ADM Department of Community Services which is also responsible for disaster management conducted a disaster risk and vulnerability assessment so as to better inform disaster management planning processes.


The Summit recommendations will be tabled before ADM Council for approval. If approved by Council, the implementation of such resolutions will be closely monitored.


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


For more information please contact Senior Manager: Communications and Customer Care, Siyabulela Makunga on 072 768 0238 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 October 2014 19:21 )
 
ADM to strengthen disaster management in the district PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siyabulela Makunga   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:14

Media Advisory 

 For Immediate Release

ADM to strengthen disaster management in the district  

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

 

ADM Headquarters


Amathole District Municipality (ADM) will hold a game-changing Disaster Management Summit to strengthen disaster management in the district. The two-day Summit will be held at Empekweni Beach Resort situated in Ngqushwa Local Municipality on the 16th and 17th of October 2014. 


ADM Executive Mayor Nomasikizi Konza is expected to address the Summit.  


This culminates from the resolution of the Mayoral Committee of the Amathole District Municipality that a summit on disaster management be hosted for key stakeholders to present their roles and responsibilities in disaster management. MayCo’s decision came after the ADM Department of Community Services which is also responsible for disaster management conducted a disaster risk and vulnerability assessment so as to better inform disaster management planning processes. 


The assessment report has identified top ten (10) priority disaster risks for ADM as follows: 


Hydro-meteorological – Drought; 

Disease / Health - Disease: Human; 

Transport Hazards - Road Transportation; 

Civil Unrest – Crime; 

Hydro-meteorological Hazards - Floods (River, Urban & Dam Failure); 

Fire Hazards - Formal & Informal Settlements / Urban Area; 

Hydro-meteorological Hazards - Severe Storms (Wind, Hail, Snow, Lightning, Fog); 

Fire Hazards - Veld/Forest Fires; 

Disease / Health - Disease: Animal; and 

Pollution - Water Pollution (Fresh and Sea) 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:18 )
 
MEC XASA HOSTS TRADITIONAL INITIATION SUMMIT PDF Print E-mail
Written by COGTA-EC.   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:51

MEDIA STATEMENT

15 October 2014

MEC XASA HOSTS TRADITIONAL INITIATION SUMMIT

The MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) in the Eastern Cape Province FD Xasa convenes a three day traditional initiation summit from 29-31 October 2014 at Dans Lodge in the OR Tambo District Municipality.

Key stakeholders have been invited to discuss practical and implementable actions plans to deal with challenges confronting traditional initiation in the Eastern Cape Province. The summit as one of its objectives is to ensure the safe passage of boys to manhood.

“We are proud of our custom hence we need to restore and preserve its dignity for the benefit of generations to come. The summit is a meeting of minds to come up with implementable ideas to adapt and change with the times when confronting the challenges bedevilling traditional initiation in our Province,” said MEC Xasa.

Some of the invited guests include national Minister of Cogta Pravin Gordhan, Deputy Minister of Traditional Affairs Obed Bapela, Minister of Health, Elias Motsoaledi, representatives from Provincial Houses of traditional leaders from Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State, National members of the House, national and provincial members of the Congress of Traditional Leaders, Mayors and Executive Mayors, Speakers from the host District and Local Municipalities and stakeholders including Council of Churches and Man’s Sector.

Regrettably, in the winter season 36 lives of initiates were lost whilst others had botched circumcision. During this season sixteen (12) people have been arrested and are currently facing charges ranging from death, botched circumcision, unlawful circumcision and operating illegal initiation schools.

Commissions focussing on various topics will be ensure that the summit adopts recommendations to be implemented by all stakeholders come the summer season. These will include clarifying the role of municipalities in the provision of resources to monitoring teams during the traditional initiation seasons.

To address the current challenges government will implement the following measures as a matter of urgency;

 
PRESIDENT ZUMA RESTORES HOPE TO A KEISKAMMAHOEK VILLAGER PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siyabulela Makunga   
Monday, 06 October 2014 10:25

On Friday 02nd October 2014, President Jacob Zuma restored hope to an elderly Nontsizi Dukashe. His Excellency, President Zuma was in the company of Amathole District Municipality [ADM] Executive Mayor Nomasikizi Konza, National Government Ministers, Premier Phumulo Masuale, Provincial MECs as well as ADM Municipal Manager Chris Magwangqana when he handed over an ablution facility to an elderly and hearing-impaired villager.  


The hand-over was an integral part of the launch of phase three (3) of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) which was held on the same day at Keiskammahoek. The launch enjoined all three spheres of government while it showcased various programmes of the EPWP. 


During his 2014 State of the Nation Address President Jacob Zuma announced the creation of six million work opportunities by 2019.


The EPWP is a nationwide programme, which was launched in 2004, whose aim is still to provide short to medium term work opportunities with focus on poor households with bias to female run households and the youth. 


Asked how she felt about owning an ablution facility the Dukashe said “I am quite pleased and feel honoured to be visited by the President and delegates. At least now I will have a proper ablution facility which previously was just a dream for me.”


The ADM is currently implementing its provision of sanitation project throughout the district. In Amahlathi Local Municipality, a total number of 4 227 households are set to benefit.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 October 2014 10:32 )
 
ADM VIEWS AGRICULTURE AS A CATALYST TO POVERTY ALLEVIATION PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siyabulela Makunga   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 17:00

ADM VIEWS AGRICULTURE AS A CATALYST TO POVERTY ALLEVIATION 

 Sunday, 05 October 2014

ADM Headquarters

Amathole District Municipality [ADM] Executive Mayor Nomasikizi Konza has heeded a call made by the farmers of the district as she is expected to hand-over cattle and fence to district's emerging farmers.

This initiative follows a request that was made by the district farmers to the ADM with a view to improve their livestock.

The handing over ceremony will be held at Ncumisa Kondlo Community Hall, which is situated in Ngqushwa Local Municipality.

The intervention is expected to contribute towards creation of an enabling environment for emerging farmers to play a meaningful role in the agricultural economy. It is in keeping with ADM's view that agriculture is a catalyst to poverty alleviation.

During one of ADM's public participation interface otherwise known as the Annual Report Public Hearings Konza recommitted ADM to a resolute cause of ensuring that agriculture was used as a vehicle for improvement of rural livelihoods. She further highlighted that ADM takes Livestock Improvement Programme seriously.

Konza said that there is need for a paradigm shift on how our communities participate in the economy of our district.

"We must therefore ensure that both agriculture and tourism are key drivers of our economy, as that will enable people in the deep rural areas to not only make a meaningful contribution to the economy, but also to transform their socio-economic status,"  she said.

It is against this background that ADM cordially invites members of the media to attend and cover this game-changing event.

EVENT: CATTLE HANDOVER

VENUE: NCUMISA KONDLO COMMUNITY HALL, NGQUSHWA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

TIME: 14H00

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

For more information please contact Media Relations and Communications Manager, Siyabulela Makunga on 072 768 0238 / 043 783 2305 or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 October 2014 06:29 )
 
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