Training to boost public participation in municipal affairs

2017-06-29 06:01
Ward councillors Ludwig Vorster, Freddy Campher (third right) and Magareth Peters (second right), and ward committee member Vincent McCarthy were among those who attended the induction at Humansdorp. The session was facilitated by Monwabisi Gomoso (second left). Completing the picture is Admin Manager Elvis Olivier. Liberty Life provided T-shirts, files and pens for the session.                            Photo:SUPPLIED

Ward councillors Ludwig Vorster, Freddy Campher (third right) and Magareth Peters (second right), and ward committee member Vincent McCarthy were among those who attended the induction at Humansdorp. The session was facilitated by Monwabisi Gomoso (second left). Completing the picture is Admin Manager Elvis Olivier. Liberty Life provided T-shirts, files and pens for the session. Photo:SUPPLIED

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PUBLIC participation received a boost this week when Kouga Municipality hosted an induction session for local ward committees.

Kouga Speaker Horatio Hendricks says almost 100 ward committee members from across the region attended the training, which was held at Humansdorp.

“Ward committees play an important legislated role when it comes to public involvement in municipal processes,” he says.

“The induction session was an opportunity for members to gain greater understanding of processes such as the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget.

“The role which ward committees are expected to play, and how this links to the work of councillors, officials and other stakeholders, was also thoroughly workshopped.”

He said it was the second workshop to be held for Kouga’s ward committees since their establishment last year. The first workshop was held in November 2016 and focused on ward-based planning.

“We would like to thank the ward committee members for sacrificing their Saturday to attend the training. It is dedication such as this that will help us take Kouga back to the top.”

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