GDF spells vision 2030 project

2017-02-16 06:01
 Members of the newly elected GDF including Mcebisi Skwatsha and Councillor Vuyo Zondani

Members of the newly elected GDF including Mcebisi Skwatsha and Councillor Vuyo Zondani

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Soon after its election in September 2016, the newly elected executive committee of the Gugulethu Development Forum hit the ground and held a strategic session at the Fezeka Municipal Chambers in the same month.

The executive committee said in a statement released to the media last week that at the session, they came up with key strategic objectives.

One of these objectives is to amend the constitution of the GDF in order to be in line with the founding principles of the democratic South Africa.

The GDF aims to set up or establish sectors and Ward Development Forums in the broader Gugulethu are.

Another objective is the envisioning and planning of a media entity that will include radio, television and print media.

Another vision is to strengthen relations with the three spheres of government, local, provincial and national.

The establishment of a board to ensure the utilisation of human and social capital as a resource entity of the GDF.

Gugulethu will be turning 60 years since its establishment in 2018.

The GDF plans to lead in the celebration of this milestone.

The press release stated that in each item, the committee has emerged with the strategic resolutions and how to achieve these aims and objectives.

“As a progressive collective, we believe partnerships and working together with all the people of Gugulethu, will help achieve these fundamental objectives.

Taking differences aside, and working towards a common goal, in the end, we will have advanced on the theme of a “better Gugulethu by 2030”.

The statement further said: “We hit the office running again this year. In January we partnered with the office of the Deputy Minister of International Relations, Noma Indiya Mfeketho, the Embassies of Iran and China, in the back to school campaign where three primary schools from Gugulethu received donations ranging from school uniforms and school shoes.

A scholarship was awarded to 10 leaners from these schools, which included Bonga, Xolani and Siyazingisa Public Primary Schools.”

They stated that they have also received support from the office of the Deputy Minister of Land Affairs, Mcebisi Skhwatsha, where he has pledged to support and work hand-in-hand with the GDF leadership in some of its projects and campaigns.

“This view is highly appreciated because it would assist us going forward.

We are also facilitating the implementation of the Gugulethu Radio project, between the department of Communications, the Media Development and Diversity Agency, the Gugulethu Development Forum, the Khayelitsha Development Forum, the Radio Zibonele Board of Directors, the Gugulethu Radio Task Team and the CDRA, a research company.”

All these stakeholders are working hand-in-hand in a partnership to make sure that the dream of having a radio station in Gugulethu is realised.

“We are also gearing towards public participation of this project, where the public will be afforded the opportunity to add value to the process.

We have also forged good relations with Cape Town TV and really hope that from that relationship a lot is going to be achieved in terms of the arts and culture and the positive role of local media in our communities.

We are currently busy with the structural arrangements.

We intend to build a GDF that has a strategic operational plan and an office that runs around the clock to spearhead the development of Gugulethu in all its phases.

This will be in line with the vision of 2030. Our theme is “Gugulethu, a better place, by 2030”.

This statement was released by Popi Tsira, Head of Communications at the Gugulethu Development Forum.

She can be contacted at: 082 581-3753. Secretary Vincent Domingo: 082 799-1714 and Samora Nompunga: 078 222 1992

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