Category: <span>IDP</span>

Municipalities, Sector Departments and Ward Committees discuss the 2018/19 – 2021/22 IDPs

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.

Sector Department Representatives who made presentations on the 2nd day of the IDP/Budget and PMS Representative Forum.
Back row (from left) are: Mr Thembinkosi Henge – IDP Manager of Bitou Municipality, Ms Kholiswa Jobela – Social Worker Manager: Mossel Bay & Hessequa, Mr Juan de Lora – Deputy Director: Department of Transport and Public Works, Dr Terence Marshall – District Manager: Department of Health Services, Ms Claire du Plessis – Property Planner: Department of Education, Mr David Ali – Chief Town & Regional Planner: Department of Human Settlements Planning and Mr Mzukisi Skosana – Social Services Manager: Eden & Central Karoo.
Front row (from left) are: Brigadier Centyana – South African Police Services, Ms Zingiswa William – Community Development Supervisor: Eden & Central Karoo and Cllr Memory Booysen – Eden DM Executive Mayor.

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.

Ward Committee Members from Greater Oudtshoorn present at the IDP/Budget and PMS Representative Forum. In no particular order are: Ms Louisa Prins, Mr Isaac Fielies, Ms Daleen Everts, Ms Lynn Kapieka, Ms Esmarine Stuurman, Mr Lizo Dani, Mr James Stokes, Mr John Afrika, Mr Kosie Jansen, Mr Bennie Arends, Mr Saul Rabie and Mr Stephen Adams during a short break.

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”.

Eden DM Speaker, Cllr Mark Willemse, gave an outline of the day’s programme. Speaker Willemse said: “Today we are here as municipalities to understand our different roles and how we fit into each other’s roles. We need to work together in a spirit of cooperation in order for service delivery to be at its optimum”.

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.

During the first break, delegates used the opportunity to interact with Sector Departments. In the picture Cllr Ann Windvogel from Eden DM is conversing with Mr Clyde Lamberts, Manager of Agriculture – Eden Coastal.

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.

 

 

Mr Kosie Jansen, Oudtshoorn Ward Committee Member, raised the need for a drug rehabilitation centre in Oudtshoorn. With him are Mr Mzukisi Cekiso, Eden DM IDP Manager (back) and Mr Bennie Arendse, Oudtshoorn Ward Committee Member (front).
Eden DM officials (from left) Mr Samkelo Mangaliso (Performance Management), Ms Ilse Saaiman (Performance Management), Ms Melanie Wilson (Economic Development & Tourism), Ms Landiswa Ntango (Economic Development & Planning), Mr Mzukisi Cekiso (IDP Manager and Organiser of the event), Ms Lauren James (Risk Management), Mr Bandile Mbalo (IGR) with CFO of Knysna Municipality, Mr Mbulelo Memani (back, 3rd left).

IDP Managers help Mossel Bay children

Representatives of The Haven Mossel Bay received the Santa shoe-boxes from representatives of the IDP Managers’ Forum.

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.

Source:  Mossel Bay Advertiser