Time for communities to have their say

2016-10-27 06:00

THE people should get their say on how their communities should be governed and developed… This is why the new Kouga Municipality has invited all residents and stakeholders to participate in the drafting of an innovative five-year Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

Elza van Lingen, Kouga Executive Mayor, says the new Council wants to ensure that everyone has a say in how their communities are governed and developed.

“The one certain way communities can do this, is by participating actively in the IDP process.” Elza states that the IDP is the principal strategic planning tool of a municipality and forms the basis of the budget. “It is, therefore, important that all stakeholders have an input in its compilation.”

A series of public meetings would be held in all 15 wards during November and December 2016.

All meetings will start at 18:00.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Ward 1 meets at the Oyster Bay Community Hall on November 7
  • Ward 2 meets at the Pellsrus Community Hall on November 23
  • Ward 3 meets at the Newton Hall on November 24
  • Ward 4 meets at the Baptist Church (Baps Hall) on November 9
  • Ward 5 meets at the Kruisfontein Community Hall on November 10
  • Ward 6 meets at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall on November 14
  • Ward 7 meets at the Loerie Community Hall on November 16
  • Ward 8 meets at the Newton Hall on November 30
  • Ward 9 meets at the Vusumzi Landu Hall on November 17
  • Ward 10 meets at the Dan Sandi Hall on November 21
  • Ward 11 meets at the Newton Hall on December 1
  • Ward 12 meets at the St Francis Village Hall on November 8
  • Ward 13 meets at the Weston Community Hall on Nobember 22
  • Ward 14 meets at the Pellsrus Community Hall on December 5
  • Ward 15 meets at the Humansdorp Country Club on November 15.

Enquiries can be directed to the Manager IDP, Colleen Dreyer, at cdreyer@kouga.gov.za or 042 200 2143.

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