GKM VIEWPOINT

2018-07-13 06:00

WARM greetings to the Kokstad community and community at large.

COLD WEATHER THREATS FOR FIRE OUTBREAKS

This week we experienced very low temperatures, as we are in mid-winter. I want to remind our community members to be alert as they try to keep warm, which often leads to fire outbreaks.

The most vulnerable during this season are the shack dwellers. I want to emphasize and to make a plea that we look after our homes and protect everyone against fire this winter season.

I also want to warn against the illegal development of informal settlements which pose enormous dangers. In most cases, there’s total absence of formal sewerage networks, electricity or telephones.

Shanty towns also tend to lack basic services present in more formally organised settlements including policing, medical services and firefighting when there’s a fire outbreak. Fires and floods are a particular danger for shanty towns not only due to the lack of firefighting stations, but also the difficulty fire trucks encounter in traversing because of close proximity of buildings and the material used for construction

The objective of the Greater Kokstad Municipality is to formalise informal settlements to have a sustainable, integrated human settlement development and to ensure the provision of basic service delivery to the community in a sustainable manner. The Municipality therefore requires the co-operation of the Kokstad community in this regard. Our behaviour and action must be in line with the municipal vision which states that we want to be “a people-centered city of economic possibilities by 2047”. We must comply with every legislation and policy which stipulates steps to follow when one undertakes construction of any sort. For more information you can contact our building section, during working hours, at 039 797 6682/6686 who will gladly assist.

ADDRESS HARVEST CAMPAIGN

I would like to alert the Kokstad community about the campaign that we are currently conducting with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The commission is undertaking a door to door campaign to look for individuals who appear in the Kokstad Voters Roll without physical addresses. The Kokstad area has about 2 740 people without addresses.

I would like to request Kokstad community members who have registered as voters in Kokstad and did not provide their address to kindly visit the IEC, or to contact your ward Councillor or Ward Committee members.

No community member will be allowed to participate in the voting process without this information.

The team, consisting of Municipal officials and IEC members, is currently holding meetings with ward councillors and ward committee members in order to assist in identifying people who must provide their addresses. I urge community members to cooperate in the process and prepare themselves to be able to exercise their right to vote, which people have died for. Voting is a right not a privilege.

GKM THUMA MINA CAMPAIGN

On Tuesday, July 3, 2018 His Worship the Mayor Cllr BM Mtolo handed over equipment to 35 beneficiaries from different small business people in Kokstad.

The material and equipment was requested by business entities who said it would assist in enhancing their businesses and improve their quality of their work. During the handover, the mayor emphasised that small businesses should look at other areas where they need to invest for their business to grow and be successful.

“You need to service the machines that the businesses are utilising and treat your customers well, and if you master these your business will grow immensely.”

“The municipality, in partnership with its stakeholders Department of Small Business Development (DSDP), Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Small Enterprise Funding Agency (SEFA), Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD/DRDLR) and UKZN, has managed to plant a seed towards the small businesses in our community worth R 555 000.00, which means a lot to the municipality, and we promise that we will monitor the businesses that benefited and do follow ups,” said the mayor.

The mayor further thanked the community of Kokstad for sending them (Thuma Thina) to ensure the socio-economic development in Kokstad through establishment of partnerships and seeking assistance to better their way of living. Let’s meet again same time same place.

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