Ncitha’s Post Council Media Briefing August 27
August 27, 2014; In the council meeting held in the East London’s City Hall Council chamber, council considered the following amongst others;
Public participation strategy session; To reduce the number of petitions and protests, accountability to communities and responding to challenges must be mustered. Ward meetings must sit. “I have signed a memorandum of understanding with community development workers.”
Status of the sleeper site; Every meeting must have a status report on the issue, “so that we don’t have a situation where there is a gap between the councilors and what the administration is doing in terms of the sleeper site”. A feasibility study conducted has produced “favourable results for the development of that area”.
2010 legacy project; Legacy projects report was noted, “this is also complemented by the MPAC reports conducted in 2010.” Council agreed a follow up report from MPAC with facts and proof to be tabled at the next council meeting.
Lease of land; Council approved leasing of portions of land at Lingelitsha Berlin for business. The intention is to have a racecourse and multi purpose complex in Berlin. The project will contribute to rural livelihood and job opportunities, “we will be breaking a record as BCM to have a racecourse in an area that is more or less rural.”
Non sitting of ward meetings; The sitting of ward meetings is becoming very important because they limit the chances of information gap between the municipality and communities. “When there are such meetings officials should give backup to politicians in terms of technical issues that are being asked by communities.”
Unspent 2013/14 own funded and unconditional grants; Council approved the 2014/15 adjusted operating and Capital Budget in the sum of R191 943 428. What is important is that; “we have a deficit that we will be able to deal with it by the end of the financial year.”
NERSA; Discussions between administrators and NERSA determined; R7.39 for domestic rates and businesses pay an additional 5 percent. Council will engage further with NERSA and address compliance issues.
SAIMSA games; Buffalo City Metro will host SAIMSA games for municipalities of the SADC region in September 2014.
– BCMM Executive Mayor, Zukiswa Ncithi