‘Ward committees play major role’

2018-05-22 06:00
Standing, from left: Samantha and Alfonso Theunissen from Lansdowne, Riedewaan Salie from the Youth and Culture Organisation, Christopher Lane from Rondebosch East, Rahsaan Warely and Michael Counsell from Garlandale Rondebosch East. Sitting, from left: Dennis Nuttall from the Neighbourhood Watch Association, Imtiaz Adams from the Sybrand Park Civic Association, ward councillor Mark Kleinschmidt, Nadir Isaacs from Chukker Road Sports Complex Bodies, and Reverend Mike Williams.

Standing, from left: Samantha and Alfonso Theunissen from Lansdowne, Riedewaan Salie from the Youth and Culture Organisation, Christopher Lane from Rondebosch East, Rahsaan Warely and Michael Counsell from Garlandale Rondebosch East. Sitting, from left: Dennis Nuttall from the Neighbourhood Watch Association, Imtiaz Adams from the Sybrand Park Civic Association, ward councillor Mark Kleinschmidt, Nadir Isaacs from Chukker Road Sports Complex Bodies, and Reverend Mike Williams.

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A ward committee for ward 60, comprising Lansdowne, Kenwyn, Crawford, Rondebosch East, Garlandale and Sybrand Park, has been established to represent various­ community-based organisations­.

Ward councillor Mark Kleinschmidt says that with most councils having been constituted following the 2016 local government elections, the focus now shifts to another important aspect of the local government system in South Africa – the formation of ward committees­.

“Ward committees are crucial in the local government system as they are the link between the councillor and the community. The ward committee system plays a critical role in giving meaning to the notion of ‘the people shall govern­’.”

He says this is so because local government is regarded as the level of government closest to the people, and ward committees are just one way to ensure that citizens give input into the decisions that local councils make. “The South African Local Government Association (Salga), which is the sole representative of all municipalities, says ward committees are also important in fostering relations between ward councillors and key stakeholders at ward level, such as traditional councils and community development workers.”

Kleinschmidt adds that the ward 60 committee will therefore meet with him monthly to discuss civic matters and the annual financial ward allocation spending on community upliftment projects.

V For more information, email Donnell Kleyn at Donnell­.­Kleyn@capetown.gov.za.

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