GKM VIEWPOINT

2018-09-21 06:00

WARM greetings to Kokstad and the community at large.


NATIONAL HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATIONS

The National Celebrations for heritage day will be held in Kokstad, and the build programmes are in progress.

On Sunday, September 9, the Griqua community, led by the Mayor and other stakeholders in Kokstad, received the statue of Adam Kok III at the N2 t-junction.

Other upcoming programmes include the soccer match between municipal staff and councillors and foreign nationals residing in Kokstad. These sport games will be conducted on September 22.

As part of social cohesion in sport, various countries will be participating in the soccer games; namely Ghana, Nigeria, and Congo. Greater Kokstad Team, Greater Kokstad Municipal staff team and one of the teams will be made up of players from Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

The games are set to start at 9 am at Bhongweni Stadium.

On Sunday, September 23, there will be a Cultural Festival at Bhongweni Youth Centre at 10 am.

Here we are expecting all cultures and traditions in the Greater Kokstad to come and demonstrate their pride and joy in the spirit of Unity in Diversity.

The finale will be a dialogue later on that day, at 6 pm in the Town Hall, which will be led by Minister of Arts and Culture Nkosinathi Mthethwa, Mayor of GKM Cllr BM Mtolo and representatives from the Griqua Council, and one special young person.

The dialogue will be broadcast live on SAFM and Umhlobo Wenene FM; there will also be the live crossover with Ukhozi FM.

September 24 marks the national celebration of Heritage Month, which will be preceded by the unveiling of the statue and the re-naming of the municipal building.

I want to clarify this once more — we are re-naming the municipal building after Adam Kok III, there is no name changing of the town as it is already named after Adam Kok III.

I would like to extend the invitation to the people of the KZN Province, in particular the Kokstad residents and the municipalities in the District of Harry Gwala, neighbouring municipalities, and the country at large.


MOTH CLUB; ELLIOT STREET

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kokstad community for alerting the municipality on any issues on the ground that require municipal attention.

As a municipality, we have a customer care system that allows us to make a follow up on any complaint registered or reported to us.

On our previous viewpoints, I requested members of the community to use the 039 797 6600 number to report anything that needed to be reported.

The municipality has received the complaint on the above mentioned street and I want to assure affected community members that the matter is being attended to.

The team that is working on the storm water system is currently attending the area of Horseshoe and they will be done during the week of September 24. Thereafter they will attend to this area.

The staff composition of the department is not enough to cover all areas in Kokstad at once; the arrangement then is that the team will attend to critical areas first where, when it rains, flooding of the residences occurs, and then other areas are covered as per the normal schedule.

The municipality regrets the inconvenience caused in this regard.

Until next time.

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