WARM greetings to the Kokstad community. GKM MAYORAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT The municipality will be hosting a two-day Mayoral Growth Summit which will start on May 8 and 9.The main objective of the summit is to:• Attract investment as means to grow the economy and increase localised economic spend with emphasis on emerging business enterprise,• Encourage dialogue between public sector on the municipality’s economic development trajectory to realise its re-engineering vision by 2047,• Intensify support by building economic potential through diversity , levels of work opportunity and creation of decent work,• Create partnerships and strengthen inter-governmental coordination of economic development planning and implementation (most important on the agenda is the collaboration between government and the private sector), and• Develop marginalised territories such as townships, informal settlements, peri-urban areas and rural settlements.On the first day there will be Mayoral Investment Dinner graced by the presence of formal business, investor’s, government departments and State Owned Enterprises (SOE) and on the second day there will be informal Business Cooperatives and Emerging Business.The venue for the event will be the Town Hall.The evening dinner on May 8 will start at 6 pm.Enquires and RSVPs can be made to Ms. Antionette Whyte at 039 797 6748 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Nthabeleng Matshoba 039 797 6756 or Bongekile Mkulisi 039 797 6636 (email@example.com) and Mandisa Lugayeni(firstname.lastname@example.org). CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW LANDFILL SITE The Municipality has appointed Shikani Trading J.V. Ethala Construction for the construction of the landfill cells, storm water drainage and leachate collection system.The new landfill site is about 8.5 hectors in size and will be constructed at Kranzfontein.The total budget of the project is R19, 809, 018 including vat. This project is anticipated to last for 12 months.The contractor was handed over to Ward 6 on Wednesday. This project will create jobs for the Ward 6 community. The contractor will develop a plan where it will table all the work that will be carried out and the number of people needed to perform all the work.The project steering committee has been elected where they will deal with employment of community members to work in the project. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATE EMPLOYEE I believe in self-development of individual employees and councillors. The municipality is encouraging its employees to take self -development seriously and commit to develop and further their education standards while they are employed.It takes commitment and dedication of an individual to achieve the set goals.I want to take the moment and congratulate all Greater Kokstad employees who are graduating this year.We pride ourselves as the municipality to have employed individuals who are maintaining the Greater Kokstad brand of being the quality employer of choice.Thank you for lending me your eyes and ears, we will meet again, same time same place.