Matat Viewpoint

2016-09-16 06:00

WARM greetings to all readers of this view-point.

Welcome once again to the Matatiele Local Municipality view point. It is our responsibility to ensure that our community is well informed of recent accomplishments in their respective areas. The Matatiele Local Municipality believes in providing people with information that is accessible to them and which they can use to improve their lives, based on their needs, encouraging people to participate actively in the democratic processes. Keeping people continuously informed of policies and programmes that affect them and progress in implementing them.

Matatiele Local Municipality new council trained on local government legislations

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in collaboration with Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs embarked on the Integrated Councillor Induction Programme (ICIP) from 12 to 16 September at the Royal Courtyard Hotel and municipal council chambers in Matatiele.

The Integrated Councillor Induction Programme (ICIP) driven by SALGA and Eastern Cape Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and supported by the following key stakeholders, the Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury, Office of the Premier, which rolled out as a Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority (LGSETA). This is an accredited programme targeting the new cadre of councillors who have joined the local government sphere after the 3 August Local Government Elections.

Commenting during the training, Matatiele Local Municipality mayor Cllr Momelezi Mbedla said Matatiele is strategically located to be the leader for regional development as it links with Joe Gqabi and Harry Gwala districts, but also cross-border trading with Lesotho there the focus in the next five years should be to harness this potential.

The programme is designed to prepare councillors to understand how the local government sphere operates with a focus on leadership roles, legislation applicable to local government, key municipal processes and Developmental Local Government (service delivery).

The programmes was aimed at the following:

•To inform and educate the people of the Eastern Cape about councillor nduction

•To raise public awareness about the benefits of the programme for councillors to serve communities better

•To create communication platforms for communities to engage with the programme;

•To mainstream communication services as a strategic function in service delivery.

•Discussions about how to develop Integrated Development Plans (IDP) that will talk to the needs of the communities to ensure that Matatiele local economy improves were also at a centre stage.

They also discussed ways of how to fully implement the lessons learned from the week long ICIP session.

Municipality employs communications and Special Programmes manager

Government considers communication to be a strategic element of service delivery and a major tool used in promoting and communicating government programmes.

Communications further provides simple guidelines and reference tools around government communication, including government communication strategy, media management, stakeholders’ engagement, development communication, understanding of government policy, marketing and advertising, and managing the corporate identity of government. In line of the above, Olwetu Gwanya has been appointed the Municipality’s Communications and Special Programmes manager from 12 September.

That is all from us for now, till next time, stay safe and be blessed.

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