FORENSIC INVESTIGATION ON THE CARDS IN GREAT KEI

Flowing from his second leg visit to the Great Kei Local Municipality recently, COGTA MEC Fikile Xasa announced that he has enlisted the support of the National Treasury to conduct forensic investigations in the municipality.

In the recent past the municipality has been faced by community protests demanding better service delivery in the area. As a result, the community under the leadership of the Great Kei United Forum handed a petition of grievances over to MEC Xasa. 

“The forensic investigation will focus on unfinished projects in the area. For the investigation to succeed and yield the desired results, I encourage members of the community to come forward with evidence of wrong doing to back up their allegations,” said MEC Xasa.

The unfinished projects include Komga, Kweletha, and Chintsa sport fields, Chintsa and Happy Valley Community Halls, toilets and houses in Zone 10.

During the question and answer session, members of the community welcomed the investigation.

He added that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) to conduct investigations in Great Kei and other municipalities.

During his visit MEC Xasa conducted a walkabout of the area through bad roads and also came across some damp houses due to overflowing sewerage water when people flush their toilets.

“Houses have been built in what appears to be a wetland hence the area is

waterlogged consistently. Families live in unbearable and hazardous conditions at a great cost to their lives. The situation requires immediate attention,” said MEC Xasa.

Already officials from the department of Human Settlements have visited the affected areas to provide solutions to the longstanding challenges. Issues of water and sanitation are also receiving attention from Amathole District Municipality (ADM) and the Department of Water and Sanitation. The Municipal Infrastructure Agency (MISA) will assist with drawing up the Electricity Master Plan for the municipality.

MEC Xasa said in the context of Operation Masiphathisane officials from COGTA and the Office of the Premier will come up with a plan to establish War Rooms in the municipal area.

“We need integrated solutions to all the challenges to make the desired impact and create a better Great Kei community,” said MEC Xasa. Ends.

Issued by the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Enquires: Mr Mamnkeli Ngam @ 071 685 7981.

FULL 2nd HOUSE SITTING .of the 5th of the 5 term 2017

The Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders is convening the 2nd House sitting of the fifth term.

 The order of proceeding is as follows.

v  SUMMER SESON REPORT

v  TABLING OF JUNE INITIATION SEASON PLAN

v  REPORT ON  20TH  ANNUAL  ANNIVERSARY

v  END OF TERM REPORT

DATE 23-24 May 2017

Time 10 H00 for both days

Venue HOTL CHAMBER

Enquiries   Mr. Welile Jack 0825596183

Members of the staff fraternity are urged to attend.

MEC XASA TO VISIT GREAT PLACES AROUND THE PROVINCE

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Fikile Xasa will be undertaking roadshows to visit Great Places around the Province. These visits will take place between May and June 2017. The first of these visits will be on 09 May 2017 where MEC Xasa together with the Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masuale will visit Nqadu Great Placenear Willowvale. This is the home of amaXhosa King, Mpendulo “Zwelonke” Sigcawu.

The purpose of the visit, amongst other things is to discuss the provision of services, challenges facing Traditional leadership institutions, development local government, issues contained in the Policy Speech as well as the establishment of War Rooms to implement Operation Masiphathisane. This will be the second visit that MEC Xasa undertakes to the Great Place to address issues of service delivery.

“We are implementing the clause of the Freedom Charter which states that the People Shall Govern. The establishment of functional Ward Committees and War Rooms has opened a continuous dialogue between government and the people. This is the core strategic thrust of Operation Masiphathisane as an integrated service delivery model of our government through the War Room concept to enhance community driven service delivery,” said MEC Xasa. 

Amongst those who will attend the event are Troika members from Mnquma and Mbashe Local Municipalities, representatives from Sector Departments, Municipal Managers, Councillors and Community Development Workers (CDWs). The details of the visit are as follows:

Date: 09 May 2017

Venue: Nqadu Great Place

Time: 10h00

The MEC will also visit Qamata and Nyandeni Great Places on 01 June and 02 June 2017 respectively.  

Members of the media are invited attend this even and for confirmations of attendance to e mail dumisani.lindi@eccogta.gov.za or contact him on 079 607 3637

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