The Executive Mayor opened the Mayoral Imbizo by saying
"I am here to inject a broader capacity to the people on this community, to
restore your dignity and show how important you are to us as a municipality and
to encourage peace, unity, and protection for one another.” The Mayor stressed
to the community that this world will go nowhere, should its leaders turn their
backs on their communities and the communities cease to support their leaders.
Chief Tyhali, the traditional leader of ward 26
thanked Mayor Ganjana for sacrificing his time to visit the community and
encouraged, community members to take advantage of the opportunity of interacting
with the mayor to put forward questions they as a community wished to raise to
Major concerns highlighted by community members were
access to roads and other communities, to which the Mayor responded saying "People
should bear in mind that the Local Municipality is responsible for service
delivery on access to roads, those roads which join and connect to other local
communities and eventually other places of the province”.The Executive Mayor
added that this has been an ongoing priority for the integrated development
plan of the municipality, evident also in the efforts that the municipality has
made, of working hand in hand with provincial stakeholders of the Eastern Cape
government, namely the Department of Roads and Public Works.
The Executive Mayor also shared with the community
of Godidi that in improving its efforts the Municipality has bought 3 graders
which will circulate within areas of Butterworth, Nqgamakwe and Centane to
ensure roads are accessible to communities.
Some residents of Godidi were happy and expressed
gratitude for the Executive Mayor’s visit.
"Today we will reveal all the pains that have been threatening us in
this village and we are happy to have a Mayor that takes his time to come
listen to us” said Sindisiwe Chezu a resident of Godidi Village.
Other residents raised concerns and listed services
which have still not yet been met according to the IDP promised by the municipality
in the last financial year of 2014/2015, stressing mostly the unavailability of
electricity, poor sanitation in some areas and crumbling infrastructure on low
drift bridges posing a safety threat to accessing some communities during heavy
The Executive Mayor responded that all these
concerns are not left forgotten and are also a working progress and further
motivated the community, saying "Communities of Mnquma Local Municipality
should walk proud, because of their support the municipality slowly but surely
is making progress in addressing the issues of service delivery to each
To this the Executive Mayor complimented that, all
Community Halls and Sport Fields are budgeted for within the Municipal Infrastructure
Grant and thus the municipality has begun construction on Sports Fields and
Further, the Honorable Executive Mayor, Cllr B. Ganjana
said "Sihlabeni Access Roads are also currently under construction and the municipality has also invested on
sustaining environmental maintenance of all wards including Ward 26 so much so
that the municipality is in the process of purchasing plants to be utilized in
greening the local communities.”
In great comfort the Executive Mayor also reminded
the community that they are in good and faithful hands. Cllr Ganjana encouraged
the confidence of the community in the municipality reminding the community
that, Mnquma Local Municipality has an obligation to its community, which is
governed by The Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998 Section 56 (2) , which
assigns the Executive Mayor to perform duties of:
1. Identifying the needs of the community
2. Reviewing and evaluating those needs in order of priority.
3. Recommending to the municipal council strategies, programmes and services to address priority needs through the integrated development plan, and the estimates of revenue and expenditure taking
into account any applicable
national and provincial
development plans and recommend or determine the best way including partnerships and other approaches to deliver those strategies:
programmes and services to the maximum benefit of the community.
Ganjana expressed that because of such an obligation and his true desire to
serve the people of Mnquma Local Municipality, this is why he has visited
Godidi village and will continue to visit other communities, to listen to the
communities’ grievances and ensure the municipality successfully addresses each
one to to the best of its ability.