2018-06-08 06:00

WARM greetings to the Kokstad community and surrounding areas.


On Tuesday, his worship the Mayor Cllr B.M. Mtolo tabled a very powerful report during the State of the Municipal address.

The report included the progress made by the municipality since the 2016/2017 report was tabled in Franklin.

Among other issues he highlighted was the improvement the municipality has made in financial performance and financial management, the establishment of the Economic Development and Spatial planning department, improvement on LED functioning of the municipality with the recent growth and development summit, the fight against fraud and corruption, improvement made on the infrastructure project and the electricity connections of the farm community.

They concluded the programme by donating equipment to three organisations and two co-operatives, with one high-standard sewing machine to each co-op, and for one pre-school two beds and toys, and a modernised wheelchair for a community member who is very active in assisting government programmes in a ward but has a difficulty of moving around easily and comfortably.

The mayor also gave a report on a young man from Franklin who he met at the previous Soma and who was in need of a laptop.

This young man made a promise not to disappoint. Indeed, he did not as he was able to obtain six As and a B in his matric results and he is now a first-year medical student at the WSU Umtata campus.

Congratulations are in order for Mr Sive Sigenu. On behalf of the GKM I would like to wish him well in his future endeavours, indeed he made us proud.

The GKM Council also adopted the budget for the 2018/2019 financial year, along with the IDP and the draft SDBIP.


Two co-operatives’ members got their certificates on Wednesday.

The Franklin Bakery co-op and Twist Valley bakery co-op members attended a 10-day training course as part of capacity build which will assist them in running their business better and effectively.

The training covered five days of entrepreneurship and life skills. GKM Deputy Mayor Cllr Karen Walker handed over certificates of vacation training provided by Sivile to all participants.

Sivile is an accredited training provider.

The monitoring of the co-ops will continue for a period of six months to ensure that they are able to implement the skills they acquired during the training.


GKM has facilitated the revival of the community safety and disaster advisory forum.

The forum will look into community safety and disaster issues. The forum is made up of GKM councillors, the Community Development and Social Services Department, government departments, NGOs, security industry, etc.

The forum resolved to work in an integrated manner in the fight against crime in Kokstad.

Among other contributions by the municipality is the aim to revive the CCTV cameras in town.

Ten bylaw enforcer trainees will be employed, and a community safety strategy has been developed in partnership with the Department of Safety and Liaison.

Thank you for lending me your eyes and ears will meet again same time same place.

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