Committees receive prizes

2015-05-06 06:00
THE Ward 26 and Ward 13 committee members each received a laptop for good performance in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality’s ward committees service delivery competition. From the left are Joseph Tsatsa, Pinky Mphuthi (Ward 26), Tsokolo Theling

THE Ward 26 and Ward 13 committee members each received a laptop for good performance in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality’s ward committees service delivery competition. From the left are Joseph Tsatsa, Pinky Mphuthi (Ward 26), Tsokolo Theling

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THE Lejweleputswa District Municipality has presented prizes to five ward committees and certificates to 64 ward committees for participation in a service delivery competition. The presentation function was held at the Ferdie Meyer Hall in Welkom on 23 April.

The competition was an initiative of the Lejweleputswa District Municipality’s speaker’s office. The competition was for the ward committees of the five local municipalities forming the Lejweleputswa District Municipality. The five local municipalities are Tokologo, Masilonyana, Nala, Matjhabeng and Tswelopele. The committees were evaluated based on their performances according to the Lejweleputswa’s standard to render service in their immediate community.

Khaya Mqeke, spokesperson of Lejweleputswa, said the five winning ward committees were chosen out of the 64 ward committees that participated.

Top prizes in laptops went to the following ward committees: first prize: Ward 1 committee (Tswelopele Local Municipality), second prize: Ward 10 committee (Matjhabeng Local Municipality), third prize: Ward 5 committee (Masilonyana) and fourth and fifth prize: Ward 13 committee and Ward 26 committee of Matjhabeng. Non-winning ward committees including the five winning ward committees were all presented with a certificate of participation.Mqeke said the ward committees from Tokologo and Nala were disqualified from the competition for failure to submit a portfolio of evidence of their work. “However, they received certificates of participation,” he said.

“Ward committees are structures which attempt to promote public participation at local level.

“It is meant to serve as an advisory body, a representative structure, an independent and impartial structure and that must perform its duties without fear favour or prejudice. Ward committees are instruments through which the Freedom Charter clause ‘The people shall govern’ may be realised,” said Mqeke

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