GKM VIEWPOINT

2018-06-01 06:00

WARM greetings to the Kokstad community and surrounding areas.

GKM RATED AMONG THE FEW BEST FINANCIAL PERFORMING MUNICIPALITIES IN THE COUNTRY

On May 18, the municipality received exciting news that a report from Afrika Rating agency revealed that the Greater Kokstad Municipality is rated among the best financial performing municipalities in the country.

The assessment of the financial performance was based on the operating performance, liability management, budget practices, and liquidity position.

The Greater Kokstad Municipality scored number four in the country with 76 points, and that placed us at number one and the only best financial performing municipality in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province.

I would like to take this opportunity and congratulate the municipal council for providing a clear, strong and stable political leadership, management for providing clear and decisive administrative leadership and all staff for their commitment and dedication in servicing the Kokstad community

STATE OF THE MUNICIPALITY ADDRESS
(Soma)

The State Of the Municipality Address is an address to the communities in a form of an open council.

It focuses on the current political and socio-economic state of the municipality drawn from the national and provincial landscape. The sitting is called by his worship the mayor and is hosted by the speaker of the council.

The Greater Kokstad Municipality will host the State of the Municipal Address on May 29, 2018 at Bhongweni Youth Centre at 9 am. His worship the mayor will highlight the achievements and challenges experienced over the past financial year and maps the year ahead. The address covers political, economic, social matters and considers the general state of the municipality. Soma will deliberate on the Greater Kokstad Municipality’s domestic affairs as well as its relations with sister local municipalities (those sharing boundaries), district municipality, provincial departments, national departments, state owned enterprises (SOE’s), community based organizations, private sector and the Labour Unions. Soma is an important means of accounting to public on municipal performance over the ending financial year, and to promote transparency and public participation as stated in the Local Government Municipal Systems Act (Act, No. 32 of 2000) in Chapter 4 and in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, Chapter 7, Section 152.

WASTE COLLECTION TO IMPROVE

It is with great pleasure that I announce to the community of Kokstad the delivery of the waste compact truck.

The municipality invested more than R2.8 million in the truck with the intensions of improving waste collection in Kokstad.

All residential areas we were collecting was once a day, and collecting daily in the CBD.

This is going to change as we now have three waste trucks. The municipality will advertise the new waste collection schedule for all areas so that community members can know how this is going to affect their waste collection in a week.

SERVICE DELIVERY OUR CORE FUNCTION

Overview of 2017/2018 projects

Update on Small Town Rehabilitation Project

The following are completed:

• Relocation of water mains.

• Localised pot hole patching on Main and Groom streets.

• Kerb and channel on both Main and Groom streets.

The following are in progress:

• Re-processing of base layer on Groom & Main street.

• Asphalt surfacing on Main street Contract Amount:

Project amount is R 15 318 625.74, Project Completion date: June 29, 2018. We will continue to give updates of the existing projects and a list of the new projects for the next financial year 2018/2019 in our next week viewpoint. Thank you for lending me your eyes and ears will meet again, same time, same place.

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