Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint

2016-11-11 06:00

WARM greetings to all readers of this viewpoint.

Welcome once again to the Matatiele Local Municipality viewpoint. It is our responsibility to ensure that our community is well informed of recent accomplishments at 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. We encourage our people to participate actively in the democratic processes.

Ward committees should serve the people

The Speaker of Matatiele Local Municipality, Cllr Nomasomi­ Mshuqwana has, since 2 November embarked on a programme to establish ward committees and Operation Masiphathisane across municipal wards.

The aim of these committees is to improve communication between the municipality and communities.

Ward committees participate in determining core municipal processes such as integrated development planning, municipal budgeting and municipal performance management.

They also help ensure that financial transfers from national government are used for the purposes they are intended for. Those purposes include ensuring that disadvantaged people get basic services.

The speaker has already established these committees in wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 19, 20, 21,24, 23, 18, 22, 26, 15, 16, and 25.

Mshuqwana encouraged elected ward committees to work with everyone and represent the interests of the people in their respective wards.

“We do not want ward committees that will not be available when their communities need government services,” she said.

A ward committee is made up of members from various interest groups within the ward, e.g. youth, women, ratepayers, business, trade unions and citizens. These are committed members with the knowledge and understanding of the needs of the communities they serve. They may not use their position or privileges for private gain or to inappropriately benefit another person.

One elected ward committee member in Ward 11, Diketso Taoana, said: “Our next task is to unite the ward and ensure that we partner with government in finding practical solutions to the challenges facing local government, especially our ward.”

The programme will be concluded on 15 November and committees will be inducted on 16 November. The speaker is will visit wards 17, 14, 13, 12 and 9 next week. We encourage communities to get involved in this process by standing for election or voting in the ward communities elections.

We appeal to you, sweet people of sweet Matat, to join the wagon via our Facebook page and other platforms.

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