WARM greetings to the Kokstad community and the community at large.
RATE PAYERS MEETING
The municipality held a community meeting on Sunday, September 16 at the town which was partly to address, among other issues, the fact that rate payers are finding rates very high and unbearable.
Those present at the meeting agreed that the leadership of businesses, farmers, and residential ratepayers will meet with the Municipality to look for other avenues in trying to assist each other.
I want to take this opportunity to advise ratepayers who want to appeal their objections that we are still waiting for the Office of the MEC to appoint appeals board members. Once they are effectively appointed, we will make a public announcement for the benefit of those who wish to appeal.
The issue of water meters was discussed. The CFO from Harry Gwala District Municipality, Mthethunzima Mkatu, tabled the process, followed by the District Municipality in trying to assist Kokstad residents with their water bills, however it turns out that people did not take the opportunity until the process was closed.
Mkatu advised affected community members to visit Harry Gwala Offices at 39 Barclay Street to make payment arrangements.
With regards to faults and leakages, the contact person is Mr. B Dlamini who can be reached at 039 727 2723.
He further urged Kokstad residents to pay their water accounts as water is one of most expensive commodities that is rendered by government.
Kokstad residents must take care of any water leakages which might affect their bills.
A decision was then taken in the meeting for all the organised parties; such as famers association, rates payers association, and Chamber of Commerce; to have a meeting with the Municipality, led by the Mayor, Municipal Manager, and Chief Financial Officer.
NATIONAL HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATIONS
Once again let me remind readers of our column that GKM will be hosting National Heritage Celebrations.
The build-up programs continue and on Saturday, September 22 there will be a soccer match between the municipal staff and councillors team vs the foreign nationals residing in Kokstad team.
Countries which will participate in the soccer games include Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.
The games are set to start 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 area to come and demonstrate their pride and joy in the spirit of Unity in Diversity.
At 6 pm on the same day will be a dialogue in the Town Hall which will led by the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture and Mayor of Greater Kokstad Municipality, representatives from the Griqua Council, and one young person.
The dialogue will be broadcast live on SAFM and Umhlobo Wenene FM.
There will also be a live crossover with Ukhozi FM.
The unveiling of the Adam Kok III statue and the renaming of the Municipal Building, situated at 75 Hope Street, will be conducted on September 24 at 9 am and the celebration of national Heritage day will follow at 10 am at the Riverview Sports Fields. You are all invited.