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.
The Eastern Cape Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) wishes to clarify its standpoint on the position of King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo following the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal to reject his application to appeal the Mthatha High Court 2010 conviction for arson, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, culpable homicide and defeating the ends of justice, amongst other crimes. The powers to recognise and de-recognise a King reside with the President of the Republic. Continue reading
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 2015 until the 31st October 2015, for Amathole District; Chris Hani District; Joe Gqabi District; O.R. Tambo District; Alfred Nzo District ; Sarah Baartman District and the Buffalo City Metro. No burning or open fires as defined is permitted as from 1st December 2015 until the 31st March 2016 within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipal area, unless a notice in this regard is issued to lift the prohibition or permission is granted in terms of this notice. Continue reading
MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Mr Fikile Xasa (left) introduced Mrs Nombulelo (Bea) Hackula (right) as the new Head of Department (HOD) in Bhisho last week. MEC Xasa assembled members of the Senior Management System (SMS) and general employees through separate meetings to formally and officially introduce the HOD. Ms Nowethu Goniwe reports.
MEC Xasa said he had given the HOD clear guides as he did not want to be dragged into internal fights.
“Mine is to do my oversight function and create a conducive environment for the HOD to run the department. We are not here to fight rather support one another to deliver services to the people,” he said.
“We are here to deliver services to the people. In that process, we must also help young people to know and understand what it means to be a public servant,” said MEC.
In the meetings, MEC Xasa also gave a report on the investigation undertaken on various allegations made by the National, Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) against the management of the Department.
“No to the destruction of state property during service delivery protests,” so said MEC for Cogta in the East-ern Cape Province FD Xasa. Speaking during a panel discussion organised by the Ntabankulu Local Munici-pality MEC Xasa said leadership in local municipalities should always ensure that they listen to peoples com-plaints and provide response.
He said public participation programmes are key to ad-dress the basic service delivery needs of communities including water, electricity, road infrastructure and wa-ter. Ward based planning is one of our focus areas contained in the Policy Speech for 2015/16 financial year.
The panellists included representatives from the reli-gious fraternity, traditional leaders and the ruling ANC. The event was attended by representatives from gov-ernment departments, business sector, school princi-pals, community based organisations, ratepayer and hawker associations.
“We need to form partnerships with communities to contribute towards moral regeneration and build social cohesion in areas where we live. Crime, child and women abuse should be dealt with by all stakeholders in communities. We need to become a selfless nation to make a difference to the lives of our people.”
MEC Xasa added that fighting crime is not a responsi-bility of government alone, but communities as well have a cardinal role to play as “eyes and ears of our government to work together and build the South Afri-can nation.”He said education remains a priority for government to deal with many challenges facing the country and communities.
Ms Sindiswa Mankahla appealed to government to consult communities whenever there are changes to its programmes including the issue of demarcation to pre-vent service delivery protests erupting. “Ntabankulu is the poorest of poor and we ask government to develop entrepreneurs to fight unemployment in our area,” she said.
Mr Magidela Selby Manga from the Department of Edu-cation appreciated good work done by government, however, complained about bad access roads to schools, vandalism of schools by pupils and members of the community.
“We request assistance from members of the School Governing Bodies and traditional leaders to lend a helping hand to stop vandalism to ensure a conducive learning and teaching environment and a bright future for our kids,” said Mr Manga.
A representative from the Alfred Nzo Council of Churches Reverend Mawande Lugongolo made an ap-peal to government to address “low morals” by some public representatives who work for government.
The Internal Audit Directorate of COGTA recently hosted a two day Municipal Chief Audit Executive (CAE) Forum in Umtata. The forum was graced by the presence of representatives from the Auditor General’s Office (AG), Price Water House Coopers (PWC) and Internal Auditors from various municipalities and Operation Clean Audit (OCA) of the COGTA, reports Vuyolwethu Sigaji
Delivering the purpose of the forum, the Senior Manager of Internal Audit , Ms Nonkululeko Kweyama said the forum was established for all internal Auditors within municipalities in order to share best practices, successes and the challenges facing municipalities’ internal audit throughout the province. “The purpose of this forum is to take the effectiveness and performance of internal audit divisions within municipalities to a higher level in order to improve governance, controls and risk management processes thereby improving audit outcomes. The objective of the forum is also to formulate solutions for the identified problems”, said Ms Kweyama.
She further explained that the forum is intended to establish and maintain good working relations with all Internal Auditors within the province and to work together to find ways of ensuring that stakeholders understand the function of Internal Auditing. Ms Kweyama encouraged Internal Auditors to do their best in improving Internal Auditing systems, and work together for clean administration in local government.
The CAE from Price Water House Coopers, Mr Bulumnko Kwetama presented the State of the Audit Profession Study in South Africa. He said in this year’s findings there are significant differences of opinion between stakeholders and CAEs on the nature of what is expected of internal audit units. “We as internal auditors must work hard to change these perceptions, strategically build the right capabilities and raise Internal Audit’s performance and value. We must ensure that we develop an Internal Audit Communication Strategy in order to clearly communicate Internal Audits mandate to our internal stakeholders,” he said.
Mr Derek Ollsson from the AG’s office presenting the functions of the AG at the forum said in order for citizens to reap the benefits of a well- functioning local government, municipal councils must empower themselves with credible performance information.
He further said they should take ownership of developing and maintaining proper systems and processes for managing and reporting of service delivery information.
“This implies that leadership from municipalities must set up service delivery plans that can make an impact, regularly monitor service delivery reports. They should further ensure that corrective action is taken when actual performance is below expectations,” said Mr Ollsson.
Thirty eight (38) members of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL) received training on a basic computer course organized by the Directorate of Capacity Building at the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA). The training was held at Walter Sisulu University in East London in October 2014, reports Welile Jack.
The Senior Manager for the Directorate of Capacity building, Ms Nomsa Mabanga said the objective of the training was to empower members with digital knowledge, competencies and skills required in the 21st century. These skills could lead to an accredited academic qualification.
The trainer, Ms Nokulunga Sidelo said to train elders during this age of technology was challenging and needed creativity and tactics to disseminate information.
“Fortunately I am training people who are exposed to digital cellular phones hence they are familiar with some of the concepts used,” she said.
The Chairperson of the ECHTL Nkosi Ngangomhlaba Matanzima said the training was challenging and an “eye opener” to people of their age and will help them in their work place.
“We need to move forward for the sake of the rural people who are information poor and serve them with pride and dignity they deserve to become more informed,” he said.
Nkosi Matanzima added that the opportunity that has been given to them will be used to facilitate service delivery.
The General Manager for the ECHTL, Mr Zingisa Bokwe said members will be receiving lap top computers as working tools to be used anytime. “The skills acquired will be beneficial to them and the communities they serve,” said Mr Bokwe.
Botched circumcisions and the death of young initiates remain the thorn in the flesh of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL). The minimal role played by some parents and communities during initiation season, also remains a cause for concern.
Many of the deaths occurred due to illegal circumcision schools, assault, starvation dehydration of initiates and poor communication with parents about the health conditions of the initiates. To this end, members of House have undertaken awareness campaigns targeting the areas most affected by the death of then initiates namely, Nyandeni, Ntabankulu, Port St Johns, Ngquza Hill, Mbizana and areas of Chris Hani and Amathole District Municipalities. Continue reading