Ventersdorp - The Executive Mayor of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, Coluncillor Boitumelo Moloi has given the thumbs up regarding the two projects embarked upon by the District Infrastructure and Economic Development departments.
This follows another successful leg of the Mayoral Service Delivery Roadshow held in the Ventresdorp Local Municipality where the Mayor visited the Tshing Landfill Site located in Tshing Township and the agricultural project known as the Ventersdorp Vineyard.
Councillor Moloi expressed pleasure in witnessing ongoing work by the district.
“The Landfill Site project will surely address the plight of residents of Ventersdorp Town and Tshing Township. This area did not have an appropriate landfill site owing to unavailability of requirements to operate. But today we see what good this will bring to this area,” the mayor said.
The project was initiated after the landfill site was declared illegal by the Department of Environmental Affairs as it did not meet the legal requirements for it to have an operating license. The project entails rigorous construction of the site that adheres to prerequisites enabling licensing as a fully operational landfill site. This includes construction of parameter fencing, inter alia, piggy back lining cells, leachate tanks and ringroad.
The R13million project started in January this year and is envisaged to be completed by the end of August 2015.
The Ventersdorp Vineyard project is currently operational and is cultivated on a 10-hectare piece of land. In the second phase, it will expand to cultivation on another 30-hectare, thus expanding the Vineyard to 40-hectare cultivation land. The project is currently co-owned by three (3) facilitators who are historically disadvantaged South Africans and confirmed to be community members of Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District and the other partner to the project is Northside Distiller.
The project was initially planned to take place on Municipal land, however the Ventersdorp Local Municipality could not allocate land for the project.
The land used for the project is the land owned by one of the beneficiaries. The project will diversify the local agriculture economy from the traditional maize growing into a potential Vineyard agro-economic venture. Local farmers will benefit through the diversification from subsistence maize growing to commercial viticulture.
Klerksdorp - The Executive Mayor of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, Councillor Boitumelo Moloi wants communities to work together with related stakeholders to help defeat the scourge of crime.
Councillor Moloi was speaking during the District Service Delivery Roadshow held in City Matlosana where she visited various sites, including Ward 6 in Joberton Township and the newly launched District Community Call Centre situated at the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality Disaster Risk Management Offices in Irene Park, Klerksdorp.
City of Matlosana Council and management also formed part of the roadshow during Budget Consultations Sessions held at the Council Chambers in Klerksdorp.
The visit to Ward 6 in Joberton was prompted by the need to clean the unoccupied land next to the residential area as it is a haven for crime following the deaths of two teenagers who were murdered recently.
“The area comprises of dense bush and our people are at risk as it has happened. We also urge our communities to keep their areas clean and refrain from dumping on unoccupied municipal land.”
With the District Call Centre, there has always been a need to get frequent feedback from the community regarding municipal services. These include account queries, reporting of water leaks, emergencies, disaster management services, fraud and corruption and other general services related to municipal service delivery.
“The District Service Delivery Call Centre is a tool envisaged to support the service delivery activities of the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District member municipalities. These include City of Matlosana, Tlokwe City Council, Ventersdorp and Maquassi-Hills Local Municipalities. The call centre will coordinate, manage and monitor the query resolution process across all involved municipalities for the full benefit of their citizens,” said the Executive Mayor.
Communities are encouraged to call the 24-hour Call Centre on 0800 000 462 (Toll-Free).
Orkney – State Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has supports the national department of Health in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). His stance emanates from the statistics revealed by the 2014 Statistician-General report that TB remained the number one killer of South Africans. Ramaphosa was speaking at the formal launch of the screening campaign held in Kanana Township, in the City of Matlosana recently.
He said in the country, the incidence is the highest among the 22 countries currently responsible for 80% of the world's total TB burden.
“This is a response to the nation’s high TB burden. We are part of a global campaign to focus national responses on key populations and vulnerable groups with an elevated risk of TB infection. “
Among hot spots identified as red zones are correctional services facilities, mines, communities in mining areas and children, especially those under the age of 5 years. To combat the TB wave, government has identified six priority districts for the screening campaign which include Lejweleputswa in the Free State, West Rand in Gauteng, Sekhukhune and Waterberg in Limpopo as well as Bojanala and Dr Kenneth Kaunda in the North West Province.
The TB screening Campaign will operate for three(3) years. In the first year the department of Health aims to screen at least 135,000 inmates in correctional facilities and up to half a million mineworkers. In these six districts, around 5 million community members and 1.2 million children in schools, early childhood development centres and crèches are targeted. Up to 59 000 inmates have already been screened, which is a third of all sentenced offenders and awaiting-trial detainees. The programme is on track to screen more than 90% by March 2017, with numbers of 140 000 community members previously screened in six districts.
In the second year of the screening campaign, there will be an additional focus on the metropolitan councils. In the third year, government resolved to add the provinces of the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape.
Deputy President also stressed that poor socio-economic conditions that prevail in communities, especially poor housing and food insufficiency, provide a breeding ground for diseases such as TB, with children being particularly vulnerable. Early childhood development can help to reduce infection among children and facilitate more effective detection. “Unfortunately, good quality early childhood centre and crèches are scarce in many communities, with some operating from shack structures. We are therefore delighted that Aspen has undertaken to sponsor the building of a new early childhood development centre here in Kanana. We are grateful also to AngloGold Ashanti for sponsoring a maternity and child care ward at Botshabelo Community Health Centre in Khuma.”
The mentioned projects underscore the need for the private sector to play a prominent role in tackling TB and supporting public health and development initiatives. “We look in particular to mining companies, whose assistance is critical in responding decisively to TB. With these interventions, we aim to achieve the World Health Organization’s 2025 annual targets by reducing TB incidence to less than 150,000 infections, compared to more than 400,000 currently. We aim to reduce TB deaths to less than 20,000, compared to more than 120,000 currently. Prospects for success are high. We have the support not only of our social partners here in South Africa, but also internationally,” Ramaphosa said.
Orkney - The Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality recently celebrated the annual water week campaign at Vaal Reefs, near Orkney in the City of Matlosana. Under the theme “Water Has No Substitute”, the event achieved its mission to educate the public about the role water plays in the daily lives of humans and animals alike.
Along with partners, department of Water & Sanitation, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Midvaal Water Company and City of Matlosana, the initiative also bore a realistic commitment when Vaal Reefs Primary School became recipients of refurbished bathrooms following stringent intervention. The school had been identified as a red zone after prior visitations revealed that most of its internal water supply mechanism wore and tore over the years.
In her speech, Executive Mayor Buitumelo Moloi urged the community to heed the call and be part of the collective that takes pride in the services provided by government. “This is a continuation of the plea made by former deputy minister of Water and Sanitation Rejoice Mabudufhasi when she launched the “War on Leaks Programme” back in 2013. We want to wipe out water leaks in each and every household in our district and our communities should be the front role players in this instance.”
Mayor Moloi also advocates the usage of the District Call Centre to report any service delivery mishaps related to water, sanitation, and electricity problems. “We also urge our people to call the centre on 0800 000 462 to assist government in reporting illegal connections of water and electricity. If you see your neighbour connecting water to fire hydrants, report it because that is stealing. The same happens when you pay for electricity and they do not pay,” the Executive Mayor said.
Executive Mayor: Cllr Boitumelo Moloi