DR KKDM BRINGS MULTI-HAZARD INFORMATION TO GA-MOGOPA COMMUNITY
Residential villages on the outskirts of Tlokwe/Ventersdorp NW 405 Municipality are informed about risks that can pose threats to their lives and surroundings. This courtesy of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality Disaster Risk Management (DRM) department following a recent Multi-Hazard Awareness Campaign held in Ga-Mogopa Village.
Along with its partners Africa Geo-Environmental Engineering and Science (AGES), Department of Rural Environment and Agricultural Development (READ), Department of Water & Sanitation, Fire & Rescue Services (Ventersdorp Region), Department of Technical Services (Water Section) Ventersdorp Region, (DR KKDM) Environmental Health Services (Ventersdorp Region) and (NW405) Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC), the DRM sought to educate the communities on ways to mitigate disasters as and when they occur.
“The campaign is made up of practical and lecture presentations aimed at exposing possible risks interlinked via nature, epidemics and artificial devastation. These include the cycle of weather patterns, their impact on the environment and the manner in which they affect inhabited areas susceptible adversity”, says acting PIER Coordinator Collen Mofokeng.
“Weather usually influences how the terrain restructures its wealth to the environment. From torrential rain that causes flooding and erosion to thunderstorms that devastate infrastructure and vegetation, they are all interlinked. Above average rainfall, especially after the drought spell South Africa has faced over the last five-year period brings along diseases to both crops and livestock.”
“Left unattended, these could spread and cause major destruction to food sources as seen with the latest spread of the Fall Army Worm, an alien caterpillar that destroys crop fields which is a threat to food security in South Africa’s maize triangle. Sinkholes are also caused by excessive water levels underneath the earth crust’s top layer. Communities are urged to consult municipalities before any construction.”
“This is why it is important to educate our communities about Drought Awareness & Mitigation, Water Shortage & Safety for Human Consumption, Dolomite Awareness & Management, Drought & Wild Fires and The Role of Disaster Risk Management during Disasters”, Mofokeng concluded.
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP CEDES AID TO DISTRICT SCHOLARS
The Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality (DR KKDM) in partnership with Health and Welfare Sector, Education and Training Authority (HWSETA), Tlokwe/Ventersdorp NW 405 based community radio station (Aganang FM) and events company (GKLM Events Group), have made a difference in the lives of many scholars in the district.
This after the recent “Back To School Campaign” held in Extension 2, Tshing Township in Ventersdorp where a total of 200 pairs of school shoes, 200 school bags with stationary, 60 school uniforms (boys & girls), 140 food hampers as well as sanitary towels were handed over to impoverished learners residing mainly in farms, villages and townships within the region.
All this came as a result of DR KKDM Executive Mayor, Alderman Barei Mosiane-Segotso’s intervention through her Mayoral Special Projects Programme to encourage children to pursue education without fears emanating from their socio-economic backgrounds.
“It shows today that government’s joint ventures with other private institutions brings hope to the people we are deployed to serve. All this could have not been possible without the assistance of our partners HWSETA, Aganang FM and GKLM Events Group.”
“We want to see a situation whereby we all work together in ensuring our children to succeed in attaining the best possible results and setting the highest standards possible. We want disadvantaged children to have the same pride, self-respect and dignity as their peers”, said the Executive Mayor.
The beneficiaries were identified following a community research carried out by the Special Projects Unit within the Office of the Executive Mayor through statistics sought from the departments of Education and Social Development. The research revealed that most of the parents of the learners at these schools are unemployed and mainly live-off social grants
The activity, which has been very successful since 2012 seeks to offer and pledge support to the teachers and learners alike, to foster partnership with them and to further encourage and motivate them to do more.
The Office of the Executive Mayor has been in such fruitful partnerships with private and community organizations to bring dignity back to destitute families.
“We have hope that it continues all throughout the year and grows even more in the coming years”, concludes the Alderman Mosiane Segotso.
DRKKDM LAUNCHES DISTRICT MPAC FORUM
Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality (DR KKDM) recently launched its District Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) Forum at its headquarters in Orkney. The forum launch was attended and supported by Executive Mayors, Mayors, Speakers, Single Whips, MPAC Members, Senior Managers of Municipalities, Office of the Auditor General, South African Local Government Association, Provincial Departments of Local Government and Human Settlement and Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development.
Constituted by the DR KKDM and local municipalities City of Matlosana, Tlokwe/Ventersdorp 405 NW as well as Maquassie Hills, the forum is aimed at improving service delivery to communities in the district through sharing best practices, challenges and day-to-day experiences within the primary ranks of local government.
The District MPAC Forum is led by Councillor Nombuyiselo Adoons from the DR KKDM and backed by three local municipalities MPAC chairpersons Cllrs Juda Bogatsu (Matlosana), Rufane Makausa (Tlokwe/Ventersdorp 405NW) and Nomveliso Tshingilane (Maquassie Hills).
Apart from the launch, the occasion comprised of a training workshop related to Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA). These include Annual Reporting, Oversight Reporting, Municipal Regulation on Financial Misconduct and Criminal Proceedings, Unauthorised, Irregular, Fruitless and Wasteful Expenditure and MFMA Finance Management Calendar.
The MPAC Committee is established in terms of Local Government Municipal Structures Act No 117 of 1998 and Local Government Financial Management Act No 56 of 2003 to serve as an oversight Committee to exercise oversight over the executive obligations of councils. These committees are instituted every-four-years following the inauguration of new political leadership across all municipalities in South Africa after local government elections.
DR KKDM Launches “Be Safe Centre”
The Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality Disaster Management Centre has added another aspect for community services, the “Be Safe Centre” at the District Disaster Management Centre. The“Be Safe Centre was launched on 23/09/2016. Schools, Pre-schools and Crèches are generally considered to be safe havens for children and the greatest socializing institutions after the family. However, the recent experience with and major incidents like, earthquake, structural fires in the district demonstrate the need for schools , pre-schools/Crèches to be better prepared for all-hazard and disaster possibilities.
Children from identified crèches from the following areas in the Matlosana Local Municipal area attended the launch, Khuma, Jouberton, Alabama, Kanana, Umuzimhle and Klerksdorp. The Be Safe Centre is a public information facility on aspects such as Basic Disaster Risk Management, Basic House/structural Fire Safety, Basic Road Safety and general emergency safety e.g. First Aid . Close to 160 children and 20 Educators visited the Be Safe Centre on the day of the launch. The SAPS shared information on contact crimes and, children abuse. SASSA also gave information on child care grants that are availed by government and children’s rights.
The Executive Mayor of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda Honourable Cllr Barei Mosiane-Segotso was represented by Cllr Stella Mondlane at the event. The Office of the Executive Mayor encouraged communities to take advantage of the Centre by visiting the centre to get more information, and also made a commitment that similar programmes will in future be replicated in other local municipalities within the district ,that is 405 Local Municipality and Maquassihills Local Municipality. The Executive Mayor emphasized the importance to learn and uphold the legacy that former President Mandela has left, the legacy for ensuring that children are guided, loved and thought to do the right things at an early stage in their lives. That teaching them at an early stage will ensure that the district and the country have a bright future as communities will grow up being informed.
The departments that were present at the launch included amongst others City of Matlosana Disaster Management, Fire & Rescue, SAPS, SASSA, City of Matlosana Communications, EMRS both College and Operation and the Provincial Disaster Management Centre.
Mayor Takes Lead Against Cancer
Ventersdorp - Cancer has become the chief priority of the global health system and society, when, in fact, cancer is not just a health emergency. It is a societal emergency. Governments must train and educate communities, families, workplaces to provide their contribution to the individual collective struggle of people against cancer. The world over, people have developed in their societies a very destructive outlook which is, in itself, a cancer, and this is the mind-set that cancer cannot be wiped out. That in itself is a myth, which can be conquered when all hands club together.
This is the stance embraced by Cllr Barei Mosiane-Segotso, the executive mayor of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality in a recent Breast & Cervical Cancer Awareness Workshop for Young Women hosted in Tshing Township, Ventersdorp.
The workshop is part of Cancer Awareness Month programme which is an annual campaign in the month of October. It is aimed at increasing awareness of the disease. Most people are aware of breast cancer but many forget to take steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Role players include department of Health, department of Culture Art and Traditional Affairs, NW 405 Municipality community and staff, Women’s Forum, Churches, Dr KKDM staff, Department of Sports and Education district and NW 405 service point and Cancer Survivors.
“Cancer is one of the most serious diseases women face. It is important for women to know what is normal for their bodies, and to be aware of symptoms of cancer, as early detection improves treatment outcomes. We urge women and femalecancer survivors to encourage one another to adopta balanced lifestyle and to go for regular screenings in order to reduce their cancer risk or the recurrence of cancer & to detect cancer early. We also plea to men to do the same as it does not separate between sexual orientation,” the mayor said.
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KAUNDA DISTRICT’S TWO MAKES SALGA NW PEC
Mahikeng - NW405 Executive Mayor Khotso Khumalo and Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality Single Whip Ntombi Koloti are newly elected members of the South African Local Government Association Provincial Executive Committee (SALGA PEC) in the North West Province.
Cllr Khumalo is elected into the SALGA PEC as the first Deputy-Chairperson after Bojanala Cllrs Keobiditse Lenkopane and Lydia Malwane from Kagisano Molopo Local Municipality and Tswaing Local Municipality respectively hold two more deputy-chairmanship seats.
Cllr Koloti has been co-opted as one of the six SALGA-PEC Additional Members.
Their election Platinum District Municipality Executive Mayor Fetsang Mokati, who assumes the chairperson’s seat.
follows a successful two-day conference held at Mmabatho Palms Hotel in Mahikeng on October 13 and 14, where all 22 SALGA-member municipalities of the province of Bokone Bophirima participated.
The Provincial Conference captions the activation of a new tenure, positions the schedule for local government and fashions the platform for the work ahead for the new SALGA Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).
The momentous occasion was also witnessed by Bokone Bophirima Premier Supra Mahumapelo and Local Government and Human Settlement Member of Executive Council (MEC) Galaletsang Gaolalolwe.
In his support address, Premier Mahumapelo advised local government leadership to anchor their ships via the 5-concretes of the National Development Plan (NDP).
“Our long term strategic objective is to build a united, non racial, prosperous and democratic society. It is our sole mission to overcome the challenges and manifestations of apartheid and colonialism for the period of 342 years.”
“In implementing the NDP, the province has adopted an approach that enhances the country’s radical socio economic programme by committing ourselves to Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewing (RRR) Bokone Bophirima. The practical expression of the RRR approach is anchored on the 5-concretes; namely Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT), Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD), Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR) Setsokotsane and Saamtrek Saamwerk (SS). It may not be easy, but we must remain resolute to fend off the difficulties along the way as they are necessary platforms for success”.
The following are the new members of the SALGA NW PEC:
Cllr Fetsang Mokati : Bojanala Platinum District Municipality
Cllr Kgotso Khumalo : NW405 (Tlokwe/Ventersdorp)
Cllr Keobiditse Lenkopane : Kagisano Molopo Local Municipality
Cllr Lydia Malwane : Tswaing Local Municipality
Cllr Onicca Medupe - Kgetlengrivier Local Municipality
Cllr Ntombi Koloti - Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality
Cllr Arone Motswana - Mamusa Local Municipality
Cllr Shiela Mabale-Huma - Rustenburg Local Municipality
CllrJostine Mothibe - Madibeng Local Municipality
Cllr Asnath Molekwa - Bojanala Platinum District Municipality
Vision 2022” is Executive Mayor’s Prime Target
Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr Barei Mosiane-Segotso is resolute on realizing the amalgamation of all municipalities (NW405, City of Matlosana, Maquassi Hills and DRKKDM) in the district to shape up a metropolis by year 2022.
Cllr. Segotso revealed the news, much to applause, during her Mayoral Inauguration Ceremony held at City of Matlosana Ballroom Hall in Klerksdorp recently.
Executive Mayor mentions that much of the process is reliant on united cooperation between local municipalities and the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality.
‘We shall work towards full integration and consolidation of local government in our District by initiating a process towards a fully-fledged metropolitan municipality by 2022. As a step towards such a metro status, which will most likely be the first for the North West Province, there has to be more collaboration and joint planning among the local municipalities of Matlosana, NW 405, Maquassi Hills and the District. More integrated spatial planning and land use strategies should be geared towards this goal, or Vision 2022 as we call it”.
The success of it thereof is central to a ‘more hands-on approach in relation to strengthening the current integrated development planning process with greater co-ordination on a district scale’. This, according to Cllr Segotso-Mosiane, will ensure that the District IDP is properly informed by the IDPs of our local municipalities.
Focus on community development, Inter-governmental relations, proactiveness and aggressiveness in implementing infrastructure projects aligned to the National Development Plan are an integral part of the mandate given to the political leadership of the district to ensure the smooth evolution towards a prosperous future metropolitan city.
“By carrying out most of the powers and functions which the law gives us authority over, we shall in partnership with our local municipalities be creating a fully-fledged district government geared towards providing a full package of basic and other services to our people,” says the Executive Mayor.
As self-sustenance is the ultimate goal of any municipality, the district is revisiting proposals on Revenue Enhancement to cease dependence on grants from national government.
Plans are set in motion to fast-track efforts towards radical economic transformation in the District using the VTSD (Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies) approach of the Bokone Bophirima provincial government under the stewardship of Premier SOR Mahumapelo.
This includes the revival and repositioning of the District Development Agency which will serve effectively in attracting and facilitating economic growth and investment in the manufacturing sector as well as the establishment of new modern industrial parks in all towns in the district.
Similarly, this would be addressed through a planned Mayoral Economic Growth and Jobs Indaba bringing together all social partners in our District, i.e Business, Labour and Government departments and local municipalities to seek ways and strategies to fast-track inclusive growth that benefits all our people. Furthermore, historically-disadvantaged groups will be given preferential access to the district procurement and tendering system.
Investments in education, extended public works programme, expansion of broadband access for all people and complete the roll-out of popular free Wi-Fi to all 84 wards throughout our district and strengthened inter-governmental and international relations are the immediate projects that will get attention to fast-track development within the district.
“The aforesaid is a brief summary of the work lying ahead for the next 5 years. We will rely on the co-operation – SAAMTREK and SAAMWERK from all our people black and white, rich and poor as well as the different political parties to fulfill the above tasks”, concludes Executive Mayor Mosiane Segotso.
DRKKDM NEW COUNCIL INNAUGURATED
The Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality has inaugurated its council during the first council meeting on Friday, August 19, 2016. This came to effect two-weeks consequent to the recent Local Government Elections held on August 03, 2016. The African National Congress (ANC) Mayoral Candidate Cllr Alderman Barei Mosiane-Segotso has been elected as the District’s Executive Mayor, at the same time as Cllr Diketso Masiu (ANC) being elected to serve as Speaker in front of a full council chamber in Orkney. Both Executive Mayor and Speaker emerged victorious after a ballot vote, garnering 23-votes each against 17 cast by opposition parties in favour of Democratic Alliance candidates Cllr Johannes Coetzer and Cllr Siamisang Motlhoiwa respectively.Cllr Ntombi Koloti, who enters her second term as a direct council ANC candidate, was elected Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality Single Whip unopposed. Tabling her speech after being elected, Executive Mayor Mosiane-Segotso said the municipal political landscape changed drastically after country’s electorates’ ballot expressions on August 3, 2016.“ The Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality was not left unaffected by the Local Government Elections results. For the first time, we have amongst us the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Forum for Service Delivery (FSD) as part of our municipal councils and the District. We say a hearty welcome to them and look forward to the robust debates that will take place in this august house.” Singling out her vision and ambition, Cllr Mosiane-Segotso emphasized the implementation of the ANC’s election manifesto; one she describes as the voice of the community of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District. “We cannot plan without the people of our District and our Local Municipalities. The District is here for you, to serve you. We are going to succeed together,” she said. Council Speaker Diketso Masiu’s words echoed that of the Mayor, pointing out the need to serve the electorate unreservedly. He dared the whole house not to disappoint the community of the District, a feat that can only be achieved through Bokone Bophirima Premier Supra Mahumapelo’s philosophy of “Saam Trek; Saam Werk”.
KEY PRIORITIES AS MENTIONED BY NEW EXECUTIVE MAYOR
DR KKDM FUELS PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN FORMAL BUSINESS
An interactive network session for “Young Mothers and Women in Business” hosted by the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Rio Casino Resort in Klerksdorp has ignited an intense enterprise passion on the feminine in the region.
This follows an engaging platform between private business and women from across the three local municipalities (City of Matlosana, Maquassi Hills and newly amalgamated Tlokwe/Ventersdorp [NW405]).
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Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda
|Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda - Father of Peace, Ghandi of Africa|
Kenneth David Kaunda (born 1924), first president of Zambia, was a leading figure in his country's independence movement. Until he stepped down in 1991, he maintained his critical position as the leader of a buffer country between white-ruled states in southern Africa and hostile, independent black-ruled states to the north.