The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) Representative Forum exists with the purpose of aligning the GRDM Integrated Development Plan (IDP) to its budget, as well as to align the district IDP with local municipal IDPs, which includes their projects and programmes.
At the Forum, sector departments present their planned programmes and projects for 2019/2020 which will be xrolled out in the Garden Route. Executive Mayors throughout the Garden Route are presenting their municipality’s at the Forum. All stakeholders, including ward committees (one member per ward), have been invited too.
The Garden Route District Municipality’s (GRDM’s) second Institutional Strategic Planning Session takes place on the 12th and 13th of March 2019. The session is aimed at reflecting on how GRDM performed over the 2018/19 financial year and if resolutions have been successfully implemented.
By continually striving to fulfill its vision, reaching intended objectives and implementing strategies, the municipality will also ensure that its alignment with national and provincial government goals are in place. The municipality is serious about mitigating its threats and
transforming it into opportunities, as well as growing its unique strengths and taking advantage of opportunities presented.
The Integrated Development Planning (IDP) Unit of Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) on 3 August 2018, hosted the Western Cape Districts Integrated Forum. The meeting was attended by IDP Managers from the GRDM, Overberg District Municipality, Cape Winelands District Municipality, as well as a representative from the Auditor-General South Africa.
The aim of the meeting was to achieve the cross-district alignment of key performance areas in terms of Integrated Development Planning and to share challenges faced by the IDP function. Best practices pertaining to the function itself, the readiness of the IDP process as per the legislative framework, as well as the establishment of an inter-district IDP support platform, were also discussed at the engagement. During the meeting, the IDP managers exchanged their process plans, as well as time schedules and agreed that future Western Cape Districts Integrated Forum Meetings will take place prior to the Provincial IDP Managers Forum meetings. The change in meeting schedule, will ensure better outcomes to be expected and more effective decisions to be made at the Provincial IDP Managers meetings.
Manager of the IDP Unit at GRDM, Mr Mzukisi Cekiso, commented on the manner in which the engagement transpired and said: “It was an excellent Provincial IDP Budget & Performance Management System Alignment engagement, which focused on the importance of districts offering support to one another and finding solutions to common challenges. This is paramount for the progress of the Western Cape as an entirety,” Mr Cekiso added.
It is envisaged that the Forum meetings will take place on a quarterly basis to continue with the progress of proper Integrated Development Planning across districts in the Western Cape.
The Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) hosted its first Integrated Development Planning (IDP)/Budget and Performance Management System (PMS) Representative Forum on 21 and 22 May 2018 at the Civic Centre of Mossel Bay.
The list of invitees included municipal officials from the Eden District, including Bitou, Mossel Bay, Knysna, George, Kannaland, Oudtshoorn and Hessequa municipalities, Ward Committee Members, as well as Provincial Government Department representatives. Their role at the event was to fill the gaps for services delivery which will ultimately be incorporated into the 2018/2019 – 2021/2022 IDPs of the participating municipalities within the area.
In officially starting off the event on the 21th of May, Executive Deputy Mayor of Eden DM, Cllr Rosina Ruiters, emphasised the importance of cooperative governance and said: “It is extremely important when Municipalities, Ward Committees and Government Departments work together on one IDP to effectively deliver services to the residents of the area”.
The Executive Mayor of Eden DM, once again, as in similar preceding occasions of this magnitude, emphasised the issue of competitiveness between municipalities, when he said: “We as municipalities do not have to compete with one another. “We have different roles to fulfil”. He also made an example of Imbizos hosted by Municipalities. “When a local municipality wants to host an Imbizo, they can do so and we as a district can assist. He also explained that when the District wants to host an Imbizo, it can also be done within a municipal jurisdiction of the Eden district, but it must be done in collaboration with the relevant B-municipality,” he clarified.
In the demographic profile presented by Mayor Booysen, he stated that the poverty rate per headcount stands at 48, 5% which is worrying.
Given the recent water challenges of the District, Mayor Booysen also raised the issue of Eden DM who applied to become a water services authority and said that some municipalities in the district do not have the capacity to deal with their water challenges. “By becoming a water services authority, we need to look at the realities of our district,” he said. “Through these efforts, Mayor Booysen highlighted: “We want to be a caring, respectful and resourceful District. We want to inspire and we want to excel in whatever we do,” he added.
On the 1st day’s programme, Municipalities presented their challenges and gaps within their respective areas, which included: water storage facilities, storm water management facilities, the issue of land, funding, waste management facilities, unemployed youth, to name but a few. In response to all the questions posed by delegates in relation to the land issues, Mayor Booysen responded by saying: “We probably need to host a land summit in the near future to cover the issues of land per area”.
On day 2 of the Forum, Governmental Sector Departments presented the various services which they deliver to the communities within the Eden District. These Departments include: The Department of Agriculture, South African Police Services, Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Department of Community Safety, Department of Human Settlements, Department of Education Department of Transport and Public Works etc. Delegates used the time availed to them to pose questions. The need for drug rehabilitation centres, additional SAPS services or satellite offices, additional ambulance services etc. were amongst the issues raised. Limited funding to roll out projects and the effects of water shortages etc. were also mentioned.
Executive Mayors, Executive Deputy Mayors and Councillors as well as Senior Officials, representatives from sector departments and ward committee members were amongst the guests who attended and participated in the discussions that will contribute to the planning of IDPs for the 2018/19 financial year.
The event was successfully organised by the IDP Section of Eden District Municipality led by Mzukisi Cekiso and directed by Speaker of Eden DM, Councillor Mark Willemse.
The IDP (Integrated Development Planning) Managers’ Forum, representing all municipalities in the Western Cape, meets once every three months. The Western Cape Provincial Government is responsible for co-ordinating and arranging all activities in consultation with IDP Managers.
About two years ago the Forum unanimously adopted and agreed to do a social responsibility outreach as IDP Managers in the municipal area that hosts the meeting.
This Forum rotates to all the municipal districts, hence each municipality will eventually have the opportunity to host the forum.
The responsibility is on the host municipality to identify an organisational need and in collaboration with the organisation establish its specific short-term needs. The social responsibility contribution is a freewill offering by IDP Managers as a demonstration of the willingness and commitment to uplift the poorest of the poor.
The social responsibility contribution outreach went to the Mossel Bay Haven for the Homeless. The handover was done on Friday, 2 December, at the Garden Court Hotel. As it is December, “Santa shoeboxes” for this worthy cause were made and filled with gifts and necessities for the haven residents.
The following participated in the initiative: Nadia McDonald from the Western Cape Provincial Government Integrated Development Planning Directorate; Garry Olivier from the Mossel Bay Haven; Jody Beukes from the Mossel Bay Haven; Celeste Domingo – IDP Manager from the Eden District Municipality; Tertia Kannemeyer, IDP Manager Kannaland Municipality, Natalie Speelman from the Mossel Bay Haven; Eben Phillips, IDP Manager Knysna Municipality; Rudolph Wessels from the Haven; Simphiwe Piti, IDP Manager Central Karoo District Municipality; and George van der Westhuizen, Manager: Planning and Strategic Services, Mossel Bay Municipality.