30 August BCMM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati in Duncan Village C-Section donating to a creche August 30, 2017 By Luxole Komani Latest News 0 On Wednesday 30 August, the BCMM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati visited two areas in the City for two contrasting purposes. In the morning, from 09h00 and 09h30, Executive Mayor was in Duncan Village C-Section visiting a crèche which is one of the recipients of a R1, 4 million Grants-In-Aid fund that has been allocated to various charities in the City. The Little Kids Centre is one of the 271 organizations that applied for the Buffalo City Metro Municipality Grants-In-Aid for assistance to enhance growth of community development. The fund is an initiative done by the Metro to provide grants to non-political and non- profit making organizations to help support and improve BCMM communities. A total of R1.4 million budget has been set aside for the selected organizations across the Metro that deal with child and youth centers, HIV/Aids centers, social and welfare organisations, home-based centers, early childhood development centers, arts and culture organizations, disabled and old age centers, support groups, alcohol and drug centers. Thereafter he joined and addressed the rest of the beneficiaries at the East London City Hall received their allocation which ranges between R10 000 and R30 000. After the event: The Executive Mayor together with the Speaker of Council, Councilor Alfred Mtsi, visited the Reeston area in Dice at 2 pm where people were killed last week and a Councillor was subsequently arrested. The Buffalo City Municipality leadership have come out strongly condemning the acts that have led to violence and loss of life. This was a courtesy visit to the families and local leadership of the area. Related New Executive Mayor and Deputy Sworn-in Alfred Mtsi and Xola Phakathi have been sworn-in as the new Executive of Buffalo City Metro on Thursday 11 June during the Special Council Meeting held at the Abbotsford Christian Centre. The two candidates are taking over from Zukiswa Ncitha and Temba Tinta who resigned last week as the Executive Mayor and Deputy. Mtsi is the new Executive Mayor while Phakathi is the new Deputy Executive Mayor. He has been a member of the Eastern Cape Legislature since May 2014 and has served at various structures of the African National Congress (ANC) and its tripartite alliance partners. He is a former Provincial Secretary for the Cosatu. Mtsi was born in the Buffalo City Metro in Ncera Village near East London. Phakathi is the new Deputy Executive Mayor for the Metro and has served in the Provincial Legislature as the Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Portfolio Committee as Chairman. He has served in various structures of the African National Congress (ANC). He was also born in the Metro in a village called Zeleni near King William’s Town. Water safety for Duncan Village kids The group is part of the Duncan Village Isibindi Child and Youth Care and Safe Park project which is a programme between the Metro and its sister city the City of Leiden. The swimming programme kicked off on Monday 25 January and will end on Sunday 7 February. According to a Municipal Report the Water Safety Project is being funded by the Leiden Stitchting Stedenband who contributed towards the establishment of the Duncan Village Isibindi and Safe Park programme. “The current Water Safety project includes activities ranging from basic water safety skills and basic swimming lessons which are provided by the Dutch foreign national sports coach.” Speaking about the benefits of the programme Koliswa Notwala Duncan Village Coordinator for Isibindi Child and Youth Care project said, “This has been a great opportunity for our children and we are hoping that in the near future our funders wont only look for swimming but help our kids to be involved in other sporting codes – soccer, rugby or music.” She added that the children will benefit a lot from the swimming project is it is rare to find children from disadvantaged backgrounds with proper swimming skills. Speaking to one of the beneficiaries 12 year old Zusakhe Soqhaga said, “The swimming lessons will help me when I go to the beach with my family during the holidays.” Adding to that Liyema Cekisa who is also part of the project said that the swimming lessons will help when she is playing in the water. “I will know what to do to be safe.” Sharing his views about the programme Dutch Coach Maarten Weeda said, “It has been a great experience to be working with the kids, others are learning fast and with others I have to be patient as they are sometimes afraid of the water.” BCMM 2018 Mayoral Bursary Application Open Every academic year, the Metro sets aside an amount of R1.2 million to assist underprivileged individuals including persons with disabilities who are interested in studying in scarce skills fields such as Science, Engineering, Information Technology and Finance. The Fund assist current or prospective students towards covering tuition and registration fees, prescribed books, study material and accommodation. Candidates must be bona fide residents of Buffalo City who are between the ages of 14 and 35 years and have at least D in English and C in Mathematics and Science. The closing date for application is 31 October 2017 and shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 30 November 2017 for personal interview. Forms are also available on http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/BCMM/youth/Bursary_2017.pdf City getting ready for the Mayor’s Cup The tourney will be held on Friday 16 June at Buffalo City Stadium in East London at 9am. Over 500 youngsters from 50 Wards in the Buffalo City Metro will be participating in the Buffalo City Metro under 19 Mayor’s Cup Tournament. BCMM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati will address the event at 2pm. The Tournament is a culmination of the trials that kick started in May at various venues in the Metro that include King William’s town, Duncan Village, Mdantsane and East London. BCMM Head of Communications Samkelo Ngwenya described the Mayor’s Cup as a platform that will allow young people to showcase their skills and live a healthy lifestyle. “The symbolism of the inaugural Mayor’s Cup taking place on the day that the youth of South Africa took a stand in 1976 is one of the keen features of the tournament,” he said. “It’s a public holiday of great significance and through sport we hope to inspire the youth so that they can aspire to be positive competitors in all aspects of their lives,” Ngwenya said. Winners will be selected from six sporting games that include Netball, Rugby, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer and Boxing for SALGA Provincial Games that will take place in November. The sporting codes are in line with SALGA’s guidelines which further indicate that the BCM selected team on the Mayor’s Cups final on the 16th June 2017 will be eligible to participate in the annual SALGA Provincial Games. Champions from each sporting code will get a trophy and all the selected teams will get medals which will be presented by the Executive Mayor. A live concert scheduled for 4pm, will also take place where national and local artists will be performing. The event is part of the build-up activities towards the 2017 State of the Metro Address which will be held on Thursday 22 June. First Mayoral Imbizo kicked off on Tuesday 10 October in King William's Town at the City Hall Hundreds of Buffalo City Metro Municipality residents braved the cold weather conditions to attend the first Mayoral Imbizo in the king Williams Town City Hall Tuesday 10 October. The venue was changed after following advice from the Disaster Management Unit from Victoria Grounds, despite the wet conditions residents still showed up in numbers to engage the City’s leadership lead by the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati, his Mayoral Committee, Speaker, Chief Whip and administrators lead by City Manager Andile Sihlala. Charing the session, Council Speaker Alfred Mtsi acknowledged 26 community members representing the 13 wards which form the Inland Region, allowing for two questions per ward. The City is pleased with the turnout which led to an overflow due to space restrictions. The day started with a site visit to the Berlin November venue to inspect the work being done in anticipation of the signature event. Infrastructure is one of the 10 priorities identified by the Mayor and his committee, it is therefore imperative that progresses is assessed and monitored on a regular basis. Project sites to be visited include the Phakamisa waste water treatment works plant site and the Tshatshu and Qalashe Bridge. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in Kuwait to signify the completion of a VIP toilets project. Lastly there will be two projects launched on the day. An Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) waste mini station and cleaning project and the Barcelona 10 communal toilets and taps in Zwelitsha. Pakati will give feedback on matters raised in the previous meeting and also relay future plans the City has in delivery adequate services. Members of the community will also be given a chance to raised issues affecting them in their communities. The Mayoral Imbizo forms part of government public participation processes as well as bringing government closer to the people. The Imbizo roadshows continue as follows: • 12 October – Mdantsane at the NU6 Sports Field opposite the NU6 Mall at 12h00 • 13 October – Mzamomhle sports field at 12h00 • 15 October – Ncerha Village 2 field opposite the community hall at 12h00 Prayer for rain in BCMM On the 28th of June 2017, Council took a resolution to implement the first stages of water restrictions as per the Dam Operating Rules. Unfortunately, the recent rains have done nothing to save the situation and the City is now predicting an imminent drought situation. Consequently, the Wriggleswade dam, which is the backup dam for the City, has its levels declining at a rate of 1.6% per week, which means the municipality would be in the drought situation from the end of October 2017 if the rainfall does not materialise in the month of September and October 2017. The Wriggleswade dam was activated after the City’s main dam the Bridle Drift and Nahoon Dams suppliers dams that supply water to East London, Mdantsane and surrounding areas recorded lowest levels below 40 percent. The Department of Water and Sanitation started to release raw water from Wriggleswade Dam from the 1st of June 2017 as per the dam operating rules for the Amathole System in order to supplement raw water supply to Bridle Drift and Nahoon Dams. The Metro in its efforts to raise awareness of the crisis, resorted to praying for rain on Sunday 24 September with the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati visiting the Immaculate Conception Parish Catholic Church in East London CBD to join Father Peter Whitehead in prayer for rain as the nation faces drought. Recent rains have done little to alleviate dam levels. Pakati said, “Our dam levels are very low, our animals are suffering due to the scarcity of food. We are grateful for the space created for us to pray against the drought.” Speaking to the congregation of the Catholic Church Pakati said that we need to come together as the City in an effort to save water and reduce the misuse of water in order to have more water in the years to come. The City released a media statement calling on its residents to use water cautiously as there are strong possibilities that we are heading for drought. In the upcoming Mayoral Imbizos which will be held early next month in King Williams Town, Mdantsane, East London and Ncerha, the Municipality will also be using the occasion to pray for rain together with all religious devotions. Comments are closed.