The project was handed over to City of Matlosana by Executive Mayor Boitumelo Moloi as part of National Arbor Week celebrations. Initiated in February this year, the first phase was completed at the end of the 2012-2013 financial year calendar. The project is funded by the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality and overseen by the City of Matlosana.
It includes the creation and building of special landscape focus points along the N12 National Road islands in Klerksdorp while depicting the diversified activities of the city with metal statues. Up to 46 people indentified by the City of Matlosana were employed as part of the Municipal Extended Public Works Programme. The Second Phase is to start soon after the sort-turning by Executive Mayor Moloi and City of Matlosana’s Community Services MMC Pinkie Pooe.
The Executive Mayor of the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, Boitumelo Moloi’s humanitarian endeavors have once again yielded a positive response from private entities. This time around from Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA) as they pledged R45 000 towards the education fees of Phatshimo Ntlhane, a 4-year old frail little girl from Klerksdorp who suffers from an intense sensory hearing loss in both ears. The virtuous donation was officially made by Anglo Gold Ashanti’s community development and sustainability officer Lebogang Nkadimeng at the District Municipality offices in Orkney. Nkadimeng said they were touched after seeing the much publicized article about Phatshimo in April on local and national print media.
“As part of AGA’s community development programme, we decided to assist Phatshimo stay in school because we were worried about the impact it would have on her social wellbeing in the future. Although we cannot commit for a long time, we certainly hope that her positive progress in spoken speech will persuade next year’s community development plan to include her course,” she said.
Executive Mayor Boitumelo Moloi expressed gratitude to AGA’s generosity. “We are very grateful for what Anglo Gold Ashanti has done to help the Ntlhane family. We may never know what the future might bring. This little girl can be our state president or a prominent leader in our society. We certainly have hope that this is not the last of their contribution for Phatshimo.”
The Mayor also praised the media industry in spreading the news about the plight of the disadvantaged, particularly those with similar cases as Phatshimo. “Your work has not gone unnoticed and for that we are thankful to your organizations for making this day and others possible for your contribution.” Masego Ntlhane, Phatshimo’s mother says she is indebted to the support she has been getting since she first sought assistance from the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality. No amount of words can describe my appreciation. for the involvement the Municipality and I’m deeply thankful to AGA and everybody who took time to help my daughter.”
Phatshimo lost her hearing ability in 2010 and later received a cochlear implant for her right ear through a successful operation by the University of Pretoria Cochlea Implant Unit in 2011 after financial intervention from the Executive Mayor’s Special Projects Office. However, the adaptation to the implant is a long process as it requires intensive input from relevant medical and technical specialist in the field. This meant that Phatshimo had to be enrolled at Eduplex, a special school for children suffering from acute hearing impairment. The institution specializes in training of their learners to learn and develop spoken language.
The campaign is the brainchild of the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality’s Environmental Health department. It is aimed at addressing cleanliness and illegal dumping challenges in semi-urban areas i.e. Townships. It is led by Executive Mayors of the District and Local Municipalities respectively, Members of Mayoral Committees responsible for Municipal Health and Safety as well as Community Safety.
The programme is driven through mass participation by the community, Mayoral Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) employees, schools, municipal officials as well as Sector Departments involved with environmental cleanliness. Focus points of the campaign includes pin pointing and cleaning of illegal dumping hotspots, educating the community about the dangers of dumping waste and the adverse effects it has on natural resources. So far, Maquassie Hills and City of Matlosana Municipalities have been benefactors of the campaign.
Orkney- The National Council of Provinces’ Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs this week visited the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District. Led by its chairperson honourable Dumisile Nhlengethwa, the committee’s visit forms part of the council mandatory oversight role on governance matters across all spheres of government.
Amongst stakeholders in attendance were Executive Mayors, Mayors, Municipal Councillors, Accounting Officers, community forums and representation from the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
Reports with regard to the current status of local governance within the district, including local municipalities of City of Matlosana, Maqwassie Hills and Ventersdorp were presented. Only Tlokwe City Council was exempt from the proceedings due to the current political and admistrative status in the municipality. SALGA, as the voice and sole representative of local government, also made a brief presentation on corrective measures taken to improve and capacitate municipalities to promote good and clean service delivery in municipalities across the District.
The committee applauded the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality for acquiring an unqualified audit opinion from the Auditor General for the 2011/13 financial year.
“It is good to know that the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality is gradually moving in the right direction and according to the progress reported, it is only fair that the work done be cascaded down to local municipalities to ensure clean governance that will transform local government,” Nhlengethwa, chairperson of the committee said.
The National Council Of Provinces’ Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs have been in the North West Province for a week, visiting all municipalities as part of its effective oversight role on matters affecting government service delivery and assessing the state of performance in relation to Municipal Integrated Development Plans.