Greater Kokstad Municipality viewpoint

2016-02-12 06:00
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GREETINGS to the people of Greater Kokstad.

It is with great pleasure that we inform the people of Greater Kokstad that the office of the Auditor-General has presented the audit opinion to the GKM Council.
We achieved this outcome through the collective effort and dedication from the former CFO, current CFO, finance staff, the GKM team and stakeholders involved.

Water crisis

Yesterday and today we witnessed a training workshop by the Water and Sanitation Forum at the community hall. This structure was formally launched by Department of Water and Sanitation and will report directly to the minister. The effectiveness of this forum in executing their duties lies in our co-operation. It is important to reiterate that the water level in Crystal Spring Dam has dropped drastically and is below 13% so we must be prepared for a hard and dry winter. To preserve the little water we have, the municipality introduced new schedules of water cuts - water will be available between 4am and 9am.

Small-town rehabilitation

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has approved funding for phase three of the small town rehabilitation. The prioritised areas are the completion of Main Street (from Groom to Railway Street), Groom Street rehabilitation (from St Johns to Elliot Street) and surface rehabilitation (from Coulter to Railway Street). The rehabilitation of these areas will cover storm-water drains, packing areas, speed calmers, sidewalks, streetlights, relocation of water mains, planting of trees and installation of hawker stalls. I urge people doing business and shopping in these areas to co-operate and be patient while construction is under way.

Farewell to MM

Let me take this time and bid farewell to GKM Municipal Manager, Zamokuhle Mkhize. On behalf of the GKM team we were honoured and privileged to have an individual of his calibre among us. His leadership skills, resilience, hard work and determination in the delivery of services to the people of Kokstad cannot go unnoticed.

Max De Press once said: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”

God bless you all.

Let me take this time and bid farewell to GKM
Zamokuhle Mkhize

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