SALGA & LGICT: Internship

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is the single national representative body for local government. SALGA has been repositioned as a knowledge centre and point of first call for assistance and guidance by its members. A new five-year strategy has been developed for the organisation to drive a credible and dynamic agenda for the municipalities. This strategy therefore calls for a differentiated approach to servicing the needs of its members enabling SALGA to remain a relevant and a credible association.

Municipal Services Cost More Than Food

Here at Abraham Kriel Childcare, the cost of our water and electricity exceeds the cost of food.

This statement is true in the case of both the budgets of the Langlaagte Campus and the Maria Kloppers Campus. This shocking fact led us to investigate whether we were doing enough to save on water and electricity consumption.

Over the last few years we made considerable investments to enable savings on consumption where possible.

Water and Sewerage:

Municipal Manager Contravenes GCE Act

The Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) says Msukalingwa municipal manager, Thami Dlamini, is in contravention of the CGE Act and liable for criminal charges.

This was after he failed to attend a CGE hearing despite being subpoenaed to do so and for failing to attend the initial hearings in October 2012 to account for the slow pace of gender transformation in the workplace.

While Dlamini was liable for criminal charges, CGE chairperson, Mfanozelwe Shozi, says the commission will not pursue the matter, provided Dlamini cooperate with it in future.

Ekurhuleni Development Company: Chief Executive Officer

Ekurhuleni Development Company (EDC) is a municipal entity which was registered in the year 2000 formerly known as Greater Germiston Inner City Housing Company (Pty) Ltd (GGICHC) shareholding by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM). EDC is a social housing institute for the low income earners which was established in terms of the Social Housing Act, Municipal System Act and the MFMA. EDC is involved in the development and management of municipality owned social housing properties in terms of security, billing, leasing and maintenance.

Renewable Energy Hub for KZN

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, along with the Ethekwini Municipality, have teamed-up with leading international renewable energy institutions to create an R11.2bn renewable energy hub project due to be completed by 2020.

The proposed project, to be built near the King Shaka Airport, will comprise a 260MW hybrid renewable energy plant, a centre for excellence for renewable energy and the TW Kambule academy on renewable energy.

The plant is relatively small compared to the size of Eskom’s Kusile coal power station, which will generate 4800MW.

Renting RDP Homes Worries Municipality

The Buffalo City Metro Municipality has received a number of complaints about recipients of RDP houses profiting illegally from their subsidised homes.

The municipality spokesperson, Samkelo Gqeba, points out that, "As part of its housing education campaigns, the metro discourages people from selling or renting because this impacts negatively on government's efforts to curb informal settlements."

Gceba states that of major concern is what is going to happen when work is finally complete on two major housing projects in the metro.

Municipality to Request Grant from DBSA

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is applying for R1.3 billion in funding from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to help it tackle major infrastructure backlogs.
Municipal spokesperson, Kupido Baron, is quoted by The Citizen as saying that the municipality is in the process of drawing up a business plan for funding because its budget will never be enough to deal with the backlog.
If the grant is approved, programmes planned include tarring of gravel roads, upgrading of major roads and refurbishment of bulk stormwater projects.

Centre’s Fire Victims Still Not Identified

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality says families of six women who died at the Struisbult Care Centre fire have still not been located.
The municipality spokesperson, Zweli Dlamini, says that some of the families have already buried their loved ones, adding that, “We are appealing to members of the public to assist us in locating the relatives of the remaining victims so that they may also lay their loved ones to rest."
The victims, 12 women, died after a fire broke out at the centre on 12 June 2011, and only six of the victims were identified to date.

NGO Wants Election Date Interdict

Preddy Mothopeng, who is filing the papers on behalf of Hola Bona Renaissance (HBR) Foundation, says that boundaries determining municipalities were suspended in 2008 and were supposed to remain suspended until after 2011.

Mothopeng argues that if an area is demarcated after the election, people may no longer be represented by the candidate they chose.

To read the article titled, “NGO wants election date interdict,” click here.


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