The mandate of this department is to ensure a Local Government system that is able to respond to the needs of the citizens. This is a onerous mandate requiring our best efforts
COGTA machinery and systems are firmly in place to establish Local Houses of Traditional Leaders (LHTL) by the end of September 2017, MEC Fikile Xasa announced today.
MEC Xasa said Chairpersons of Traditional Councils (TC) will convene Imbizo meetings in their communities on 07 September 2017 (tomorrow) to select three (3) people who will then take part in the election process on 18 September 2017.
The Houses will be stablished in Alfred Nzo, Chris Hani, Amathole, Joe Gqabi, OR Tambo and Buffalo City Metro Municipalities. There will be no Houses in Sarah Baartman and Nelson Mandela Metro as there are no traditional leaders in these areas.
The MEC said all members of the affected communities are encouraged to attend the imbizo meetings and elect their representatives to the LHTL.
So far the achievements include the;
- Approval of Regulations for the establishment of the LHTL,
- Establishment of the Steering Committee (SC),
- Appointment of the Project Team to oversee the entire operation to establish the LHTL.
MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs F.D. Xasa will be visiting Bumbane Great Place near Mthatha in the Dalindyebo Region. The purpose of the meeting is to meet with traditional leaders to discuss matters pertaining to Traditional Leadership and Governance as well broader service delivery challenges in the area.
MEC Xasa will be accompanied by Troika from OR Tambo District Municipality and King Sabata Dalindyebo local municipality, representatives from sector departments, officials from Cogta and Community Development Workers (CDWs). This visit is scheduled to be as follows:
Venue: Bumbane Great Place
Date: 18 August 2017
Members of the media are invited to attend and kindly confirm attendance to Mr Siphiwo Stemele at the following numbers: 040- 609 4827/ 082 775 2633.
Issued by the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Enquiries: Mamnkeli Ngam: 071 685 7981.