NOTICE: FOUR DAY FULL HOUSE SITTING

According to the standing rules and orders of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders as amended. The chairperson of the House Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima is duly mandated to convene a full House sitting during which House Members are to deliberate and engage on matters within the mandate of the House. The members of the Executive Council (MEC’S) from various departments will form part of the deliberations.

Date: 30 -02 September 2016

Venue: HOTL Chamber

Sessions starts at 09:H00

Members of the Media and public are urged to attend sessions.

“TRADITIONAL LEADERSHIP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOVERNMENT IN ENHANCING SERVICE DELIVERY”

FIRE PROHIBITION PERIOD

The Eastern Cape Provincial Disaster Management Centre (EC-PDMC) a directorate within the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) in conjunction with the Eastern Cape Umbrella Fire Protection Association (ECUFPA) hereby advises that no burning or open fires as defined are permitted as from the 1st August 2016 until the 31st October 2016, for Amathole District; Chris Hani District; Joe Gqabi District;  O.R. Tambo District; Alfred Nzo District and the Buffalo City Metro.  No burning or open fires as defined is permitted as from 1st December 2016 until the 31st March 2017 within the Nelson Mandela Metro area, unless a notice in this regard is issued to lift the prohibition or permission is granted in terms of this notice.

Burning will be allowed under the following strict conditions:

  •  The Fire Chief of the Metro’s, Local / District Municipality or the Fire Protection Officer (FPO) of the local Fire Protection Association (FPA) must approve all burning operations according to their respective burning permit systems.
  •   Landowners must apply a minimum of seven (7) days prior to burning for pre-approval.
  •   Final approval for burning must be obtained on the day of the burn.
  •   All bordering landowners must be informed of burning operations in terms of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act (Act 101 of 1998) (NVFFA).
  •   The NVFFA places a duty on all landowners to have all precautions in place to prevent a fire from spreading or causing damage.

The public is urged to be extremely vigilant and to report any fires to the Local Municipalities or Fire Protection Associations, alternatively to the Ambulance services at (10177) and Police services at (10111).

Any person contravening this notice may be liable and face prosecution under the Fire Brigade Services Act 99 of 1987, National Veld and Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998) or any other applicable legislation. 

For any further information kindly contact Mr. L. Mnxulwa at 082 362 9178 or Mr. NC Julius at 079 496 4256 of the EC – PDMC or Mr. T. Botha at 082 922 8637 of the ECUFPA

 

MEC XASA PROCAIMS PEACEFUL LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

COGTA MEC FIKILE XASA thanks the people of the Eastern Cape for coming out in their numbers to vote peacefully in the 2016 Local Government Elections under the management of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The young and old defied severe weather conditions in some parts of the Province and went to voting stations to cast their votes.
The SAPS Provincial Joint Intelligence Operation structure (ProvJoints) in Zwelitsha indicated that there were no major incidents negatively affecting voter turnout.
“We commend the IEC for conducting a successful election process in our Province. The peaceful outcome of the elections is a clear sign of a maturing democracy in which our people are able to exercise their right to vote as enshrined in the Constitution,” said MEC Xasa.
MEC said the Province mourns the death of Thozamile Jonas (58) of Ezinyoka location, kwaDwesi who collapsed and passed on last week at the Cebelihle voting station. The MEC sends heartfelt condolences to the Jonas family and their relatives for the loss of their loved one.
The MEC also thanked all key stakeholders in the ProvJOINTS for attending to all election related challenges promptly hence the outcome of peaceful and successful elections.
“We salute our security services for maintaining law and order during the election period. Indeed our operational plans ensured that our people were and continue to feel safe.” Continue reading

EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE IS READY TO DELIVER FREE AND FAIR 2016 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

Indeed, the countdown to the fifth democratic Local Government Elections (LGE) on 03 August 2016 has begun in earnest to deliver free and fair elections in the Eastern Cape Province. Our integrated operational plans are firmly in place through the Provincial Joint Operations and Intelligence Structure (PROVJOINTS) under the command and guidance of the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner.  The preamble of our Constitution states that South Africa belongs to all those who live in it, united in our diversity. Therefore every citizen has a right to vote in free, fair and regular local government elections whose outcome will provide democratic and accountable government to local communities by exercising their right to vote. By voting on 03 August 2016, South Africans will be exercising their fundamental and undisputable right to elect their representatives and leaders in the local sphere of government. Notwithstanding the challenges we faced during the voter registration period which included intimidation of officials of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), increased community protests outside voting stations, non-compliance with the Electoral Act, delayed opening of voting stations, blocked roads and digging of trenches, our plans to deliver free and fair elections are firmly in place.We have stabilised some of the hot spot areas through heightened communication and public participation programmes in the context of the Back to Basics (B2B) programme.

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SAPS TO BOOST THE CAPACITY OF INITIATION MONITORING TEAMS

The South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape Province has put in place an Operational Plan to boost the capacity of the Initiation Monitoring Teams (IMT) throughout the Province.Addressing the Initiation Planning Meeting (IPM) at the Zwelitsha SAPS Head Quarters this week, Provincial Commissioner Lt General Celiwe Binta said the plan will be implemented through the SAPS Clusters “to ensure visibility and effective monitoring support on the ground.”The planning meeting was attended by Cluster Commanders, officials from crime detection and intelligence services as well as officials from the department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta). Continue reading

FINAL INVESTIGATION REPORT ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION AT BAVIAANS LOCAL MUNICIPALITY HANDED OVER TO COUNCIL

TODAY, Co-operative governance and traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa handed over the report on allegations of mismanagement at Baviaans Local Municipality to the Council. The Council meeting was held in Steytlerville attended by Councils and senior officials from Cogta in Bhisho. Baviaans is a Category 1 municipality.MEC Xasa said he visited Baviaans Local Municipality to hand over the report to its Council with its recommendations. He added that any irregular finding in the report, must be corrected in line with the applicable legislation before the amalgamation process is started. The investigation conducted by Cogta officials, was conducted over  a three month period from March to May 2016.“We expect the Mayor and Council to take time and apply his mind on the recommendations and provide responses to me.I will then get monthly reports on the implementation of the recommendations from the Mayor,” said MEC Xasa. Continue reading

MEC XASA ATTENDS TO MBASHE SERVICE DELIVERY ISSUES

As part of the Back to Basics (B2B) programme of putting the concerns of the people first, MEC for the department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) will be visiting the community of Elliotdale to discuss service delivery issues which have led to violent protests this week. MEC Xasa will also attend to complaints raised by Ratepayers of Mbhashe Local Municipality. The visit will take place on 02 May 2016. The details are as follows;

  • 10h00-12h00 meeting at Jalamba Traditional Council in Ward 18,
  • 13h00-15h00 meeting at Mqhele Administrative area in Ward 28.
  • 16h00- 17h30 meeting with Mbashe Rate Payers Association. Continue reading

COGTA MEC MEETS TROIKA LEADERSHIP ON HOTSPOT AREAS IN OR TAMBO

The MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Fikile Xasa will visit the leadership of OR Tambo District Municipality to meet with the Mayors, Chief Whips and Speakers (Troika) to address service delivery issues raised by various communities during the voter registration period. The visit is part of Pillar 1 of the Back to Basics (B2B) programme which is Putting People and their Concerns First.
The two day visit will start from 17-18 April 2016 and involves community meetings to talk about issues of the delivery of services. Continue reading

HANDING OVER OF VOTER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

The MEC for Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa will hand over voter infrastructure funding to the mayors of the Eastern Cape. The funding is meant to implement road infrastructure projects to ensure successful Local Government Elections. The handing over event will be held at Provincial Disaster Management Centre at Bisho on 6 April, 2016 at 10h00. Continue reading