MEC Policy Speech

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in the Eastern Cape Hon Fikile D Xasa will be tabling the Policy Speech for the 2016/2017 Financial Year, Details are as follows:
VENUE: EASTERN CAPE LEGISLATURE
DATE: 06 April 2016
TIME: 14H00
Poster Policy Speech 2016

GOVERNMENT SET TO TROUBLE SHOOT SERVICE DELIVERY ISSUES

Cogta MEC Fikile Xasa has noted with concern the disruption of the registration process in some parts of the Eastern Cape Province on 05-06 March 2016. As a result, in Ntabankulu the affected Voting Districts (VD), registration of voters could not take place in five (5) voting stations in Wards 15 namely Tonti, Solomon Gagane, Ngqani and Ngonyameni.

In Ward 16, two voting stations were affected in Mabofu and Mazeni. Other affected areas were in Mount Ayliff, Port St Johns and Mnquma, Mbashe, Sakhisizwe local municipalities. Communities protested due to complaints about access roads, housing, water and sanitation and unemployment.

MEC Xasa said government, led by Cogta as the coordinating department will send a team of officials this week to the affected areas to address the source of the current challenges. Continue reading

MEC XASA ON A SERVICE DELIVERY MONITORING VISIT TO MNQUMA MUNICIPALITY

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) FD Xasa will embark on a day monitoring visit to the Mnquma local municipality. He will be joined by his top management team and senior managers of the department.  Government has introduced variety of platforms in an effort to consolidate, monitor and respond swiftly to public service delivery concerns. In order to fulfil the objectives of Public Participation, MEC Xasa will be visiting the Mnquma local municipality at Nomaheya A/A Eziflatini ward 18 on the 1March, 2016 at 10h00. Continue reading

OPENING OF THE EASTERN CAPE HOUSE OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS

The Premier of the Eastern Cape Province Mr Phumulo Masualle will be officially opening the 4th session of the fifth term of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders.

Date:  26 February 2016

TIME 09 H00

Venue: EASTERN CAPE HOUSE OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS, INDEPENDENCE AVENUE

“THE HOUSE OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS IS IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABLY RURAL DEVELOPMENT”.

RESCUE CENTRES FOR CHRIS HANI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Cogta-EC will spearhead the process of establishing rescue centres to stem the rising number of initiate deaths in the Chris Hani District Municipality. The centres which will be secured from possible disturbance are earmarked for hot spot areas in Lukhanji, Tsolwana and Inxuba Yethemba Local Municipalities.

The decision was taken this morning in a meeting held at Thobikula Indoor Sport Centre in Lukhanji Local Municipality. It was convened at the request of the Chairperson of the Eastern Cape of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL) Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima for an immediate intervention to stop the deaths of initiates.

The meeting was attended by Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle, Executive Mayor of Chris Hani District Municipality Councillor Mxolisi Koyo, Head of Department for Health Dr Thobile Mbengashe, members of the ECHTL and senior officials from Cogta-EC. Continue reading

HANDING OVER OF VEHICLES TO SUPPORT MONITORING FOR SAFE INITIATION

The start of the Summer Initiation Season is on full swing throughout the Eastern Cape Province. In this regard, in line with the execution of the Initiation Monitoring and Intervention Strategy (IMIS), Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in partnership with the Department of Health will hand over vehicles to oversee the safety of initiates under the theme:MASIBUYELE KUNDALASHE: MABAYE BEPHILA, BABUYE BEPHILA, SIYAZINGCA NGESIKO LETHU (BACK TO BASICS: ENSURING THE SAFE PASSAGE OF OUR BOYS TO MANHOOD, WE ARE PROUD OF OUR TRADITION). Continue reading

MONITORING TEAMS DESCEND TO INITIATION SCHOOLS

It is all systems go for the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) in the implementation of its Initiation Monitoring and Intervention Strategy (IMIS) for zero deaths during the current summer initiation season. The strategy is implemented in partnership with key stakeholders including traditional leaders, the department of Health, District, local and Metropolitan municipalities and South African Police Services (SAPS).

The season was preceded by various stakeholder and community awareness campaigns including door to door campaign in tarvens, taxi ranks and clinics in Ilinge township, Lukhanji Municipal area. Community meetings were also organised in the Nyandeni Municipal area targeting villages in Libode, Ngqeleni and Port St Johns. Continue reading

SERVICE DELIVERY MONITORING GOES TO BAVIAANS LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Fikile Xasa will embark on a two day Back to Basics (B2B) Outreach Programme to the Sarah Baartman District Municipality (SBDM) this week from 19-20 November 2015. The focus of his visit will be in the Baviaans Local Municipality which is due for merger with Ikhwezi and Camdeboo local municipalities.

“Public participation platforms are meant to consolidate, monitor and respond swiftly to service delivery concerns by our communities. The MEC’s visit seeks to strengthen democratic institutions and improve service delivery through the implementation of the five pillars of the B2B programme,” said the Head of Department (HOD) Ms Nombulelo Hackula. Continue reading

EASTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT HOSTS SAFE INITIATION COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

Cogta MEC FD Xasa will undertake a Back to Basics roadshow to the Alfred Nzo District Municipality this week. Included in his roadshow awareness activations that will culminate to a Community Dialogue on safe initiation to be hosted in partnership with Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Isolezwe lesiXhosa and the Alfred Nzo District Municipality. The awareness campaign is done in preparation for the Summer Initiation season and beyond.

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