16 March Community roadshows to help NPOs March 16, 2016 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Non-profit organisations (NPOs) in Buffalo City have received an opportunity to register their organisations with the NPO Directorate within the Department of Social Development. This follows an announcement made by the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini after thousands of NPOs were deregistered between August and December of 2012 on the NPO database due to non-compliance of the NPO Act. NPOs registered on the database are required to submit annual financial reports to ensure greater transparency and would normally face removal from the roll if they fail to do so. The first leg of the roadshows took place in the Metro on Monday 14 March in Mdantsane and other roadshows are scheduled to take place in King William’s Town and in the East London area. According to the social development website the registration of NPO is a voluntary facility that enhances the credibility of registered NPO and it is free of charge. The registration of the NPOs will improve the credibility and funding opportunities, allow the organisation to open a bank account and help the NPO with tax incentives. Speaking to BCMM Website, Director Institutional Capacity Building and Support from the Department of Social Development Ndumiso Gola said the purpose of the roadshows was to register new NPOs, assist them with issues of compliance, educate NPOs on good governance, transparency and accountability matters. “The task team is ready to do everything in our power to assist NPOs to meet their legislative requirements and to promote their objectives.” “Currently, there are 64 476 NPOs registered with the NPO Directorate in the Department of Social Development and 36 428 had been de-registered due to non-compliance with the NPO Act.” However, he said the 66 072 NPOs that were non-compliant have to submit their annual reports before March 31. “The de-registered NPOs will be reinstated and reflected as registered on the NPO database, while efforts would be made to assist them to achieve compliance and correct their registration status.” The Task Team for the roadshows comprised of representatives of government, civil society organisations, business and other entities such as the National Lotteries Board and the South African Revenue Services (SARS). Xhanti Msawuli who has an active organistion said, “Ï am here to receive a certificate for my organisation called Xhanti Msawuli Foundation. My organistion develop residents through sport to decrease the rate of crime, alcohol and drug abuse in our community.” One of the beneficiaries Thabisa Loliwe from Mdantsane said, “I’m here to register and gather more information as I possibly can.I have already submit my form now I waiting to receive the certificate for my organisation.” Noluthando Masualle who also attended the roadshow said the information she received will help her a lot when she starts her own organisation. “I am here to gather as much information as possible. I’m currently starting a new organization and I want to be fully equipped and develop my community. She said that people must learn from programmes like these, people must work hand in hand with the government to develop their communities.” “Residents do something to develop your community, we cannot be sitting around folding arms and feeling sorry for ourselves, let’s all do something to develop our communities.” For more information NPOs can visit www.dsd.gov.za/npo to submit their annual reports or they can call any of the following numbers: 012 312 7013/ 012 312 7273/ or 012 312 7748. A list of non-compliant NPOs is available on the department’s website and will be updated monthly. Related NGOs receive aid to help develop the community Over 90 organisations benefited from the Grant-In-Aid project which was set to support community development programmes in the City. The hand over follows a visit that was conducted last year by BCMM officials to several organisations who applied for support in the Metro to verify and identify where there is need for development in their organisations. The selection process was then conducted after the visit by looking at the most needy organisation and its purpose. According to a Municipal Report, the committee took a decision to prioritise security and structures where Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDC) are operating. “It was agreed that temporary structures and fencing be provided for safety and security purposes to centres that are operating in poorer conditions.” “Beneficiaries were selected from various organisations across the Metro that are responsibilities for child and youth centres, HIV/Aids centres, disabled and old age centres, support groups, training centres, alcohol and drug centre,” reads the report. The NGOs were allocated between R10 000 and R30 000 which was subject to urgent different needs of each organisation. Giving an overview of the allocation of funds to NGOs, Ward Councillor Monwabisi Mahodi said, “In the past years, the NGOs were granted minimal amount of four thousand rand.” Speaking at the event, Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “I would like to thank each and every organisation that applied for funding.” He added that it takes a willing and good heart to do what you have done and it shows us that you are willing to work with the government to improve our community. “To those who did not receive in this financial year, we urge you to apply again in the next year.” Adding to that Mahodi said, “The allocation of the grant has adopted a more developmental approach. As the Metro, we want the allocation of the funds to make a difference to all the benefiting organisations and that the allocation will be rotational.” Zoliswa Stemele, who is one of the beneficiaries from Ducking Ducks Day Care Centre in Sweetwaters said, “Our day care consists of 122 kids ranging from babies to five year olds. We’re really feeling blessed today. God has heard our cries. We will make sure we utilise the funding wisely.” Another beneficiary Sibulele Ntsangani from Rise and Shine Disability Magazine from Mdantsane said, “We are very happy and thankful to the Metro for the funding. Our magazine educates and empowers disabled people. The money, we received here will help us for printing the magazine, sometimes we find ourselves asking other organisations to print for us for free.” IDP Roadshows kick off The roadshows are held as part of the City’s plan to involve residents on the next financial year budget and planning. The first meetings were held at Skenjana Roji Hall in Bhisho for Ward 43, War Memorial Hall for Ward 35 and Phola Park Hall in Dimbaza for Ward 34. Speaking at Ward 34 meeting Portfolio Head for Municipal Services said that the objectives of the meeting is to present the draft IDP 2016/2021 and the mid-term revenue and expenditure budget for 2016/17 and financial year 2018/19. “The meeting is also to highlight service delivery achievements in each ward and present the proposed budget and projects of the wards.” He concluded saying that the meeting will also give an opportunity for residents of the ward to comment on the draft IDP and Budget before it is tabled in council for adoption. Discussed topic at various wards include bush clearing, grass cutting, illegal dumping, housing projects, the quality of roads constructions, library renovations at Ward 34 and street lightning. The next IDP Roadshows are as follows: Wednesday 20 April: Gompo Hall for Ward 2 at 5pm, Robbie de Lange Hall for Ward 46 at 5pm, Carnegie Hall for Ward 27 at 5pm and NU 5 Rent Office for Ward11 at 5pm. New system to help collect traffic fines The ANPR which will be operated by traffic officers from two mobile offices will read vehicle number plates and link drivers with outstanding traffic fines. The system uses high-speed cameras that are capable of character recognition and when the system matches the number plate to the database of offenders operators on site will be notified immediately before the vehicle could pass the mobile office. Motorists with fines or warrants of arrests will be able to pay their fines immediately or choose to appear in court. Speaking at the launch, Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said the City is currently owed over R31 million by cheating motorist who have unpaid traffic fines. Mtsi said the primary reason for not collecting fines was caused by the lack of capacity and due to the labour-intensive process. “As a result the Metro is owed money which could be channelled towards procuring the much needed equipment and other valuable resources in order to improve traffic policing,” said Mtsi. He warned motorists who have been cheating the system and have been using the roads fully aware of their outstanding traffic fines and warrants and said they will be effectively dealt with. “As we launch this facility we are sending a strong signal to road users that the breaking of laws in our roads and dodging of payment of fines will not be tolerated." The new system will link the East London and King William’s Town traffic departments to be able to prosecute offenders. “At present, the Metro is serviced by two traffic departments that operate autonomously from each other and the circumstances were that traffic offenders of King William’s Town trespassing in East London could not be prosecuted within the jurisdiction of East London. With the centralising of these two traffic departments and the new systems and technologies implemented, this means if a driver’s offence took place in East London or King Williamstown the offenders will be prosecuted without any limitations,” said Mtsi. The City will also install speed cameras at identified traffic intersection. However, Regional Commander-Coastal Quinton Chetty said that they will have to apply through the courts for the installation and that process of installing the cameras might take two months. Dignity restored in Emajarantiyeni The facilities add to the eight existing ones which accommodates 170 prefabricated households. This was in commemoration of the World Toilet Day that is celebrated world-wide on 19 November to commit on improving toilet and sanitation conditions. The Metro hosted the event along with the Eastern Cape Department of Water and Sanitation and Solid Waste with the theme Toilets and Nutrition Day. Resident Zinikele Jayiya said, “I feel more proud now to be a resident in this community, we are very grateful for the additional toilets and to Buffalo City Metro for restoring our dignity.” Ward Councillor Gideon Norexe said, “I feel honoured that Ward 45 had been chosen to celebrate this day as the City saw the need to host this informative event to educate the residents of this community about World Toilet Day.” He added that the new toilets will restore the dignity of the community as they live in temporary structures with few facilities. “Life is going to change for the better for this community moving forward,” adds Norexe. Speaking about the event Environmental Health Educator in the Inland Region Zongamele Msiwa said there was a need for the community to be educated about hygiene and nutrition. “As the department we thought it best that we visit the community of Emajarantiyeni to educate them on hygiene, nutrition and toilet cleaning.” He added that the community should try by all means to keep their toilets clean as well as the community at large. Addressing the residents the City’s Department of Environmental Health official Tandeka Mokololo said community members must know the importance of keeping their toilets clean and food safety. “Today we are here to educate the community of Emajarantiyeni on the importance of keeping their toilets clean, as toilets are there to preserve human dignity.” She added that food safety and nutrition plays a major role in keeping healthy, residents should try and adopt the culture of ploughing and planting their own vegetables. The residents were also informed on water safety and how they should ensure it is kept clean. Programme Manager for Water and Sanitation Khunjuzwa Ngethu said resident must avoid drinking unhealthy water for human consumption. “People should not drink unhealthy water to avoid the risks of getting infected by water borne diseases,” said Ngethu. Metro gets its own graders The graders were handed over to the Mdantsane Roads Department on last week in an effort to help make the job easier and faster. In the past the Metro only hired the machines from service providers and that was costing the institution dearly. During the IDP roadshows last year the upgrading of suburbia roads and the maintenance of rural roads were amongst the top issues the community were complaining about. The machines will help with the construction of roads, attend to emergency request from ward councillors, maintain rural roads and also attend to roads after heavy rains. Speaking at the event Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “The purpose of purchasing these graders is to maintain, and where necessary to re-gravel our roads in both midlands and coastal areas. Most of the current plants are old and often brake down and are expensive to fix at times, however we believe maintenance is a big challenge but we are trying.” “Two graders are not enough, but it is a positive start to plan for more. Investment in infrastructure remains a priority, it is the foundation for the economic growth of our Metro,” adds Mtsi. Speaking about the background of the project Acting Head of Department Luyanda Mbula said, “Today we are here to introduce and welcome our new addition to our fleet. For the last three or four years we have noticed that the City has been spending a lot of money on hiring of the plant to assist municipality.” “If you look at our Metro in the last two or three years, it has expanded in terms of addition of villages from Great Kei and Ngqushwa and other surrounding villages. These two graders are going to assist us in terms of maintenance, rehabilitation and the upgrade of our road network.” “We have about 1 200 kilometers gravel road network and that is the gravel network which we have to cover,” adds Mbula. Operators will be trained to do preventative maintenance operations such as weekly greasing, daily check list to prolong the life span of the equipment’s. Expressing his gratitude BCMM worker and grader driver, Bulelekile Tolbaard said, “I have been working here for five years now and what I love the most about our Metro is that service delivery is a priority. I feel honored that I will too help in making that happen.” Xolisa Bhedesi who is one of the grader operators said, “I feel very happy about these new graders they are going to help us so much in doing our job. What excites me more is the training that we will go through so that we can drive the graders better and with caution.” In culminating the handover Ward Councillor Landile Vika said, “Driving this grader alone is a skill and drivers need a training to operate the grader. It is going to create jobs as there will be people needed to drive them.” Bright future for youth of the Metro An amount of R1.2 million has been allocated to the fund to help learners who come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. The fund covers tuition fees, stationery, prescribed textbooks, accommodation and meals. The fund is aimed at helping learners who are interested in studying in scarce skills fields including Science, Engineering, Accounting, Agriculture and Information Technology. The selection process strictly look at students who are 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. Speaking at the event Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “We encourage our children to study in these scarce skills fields so as to help develop the Metro’s economy. I am very proud of them as children nowadays do not even want to go to school. It gives us pleasure to see children who work hard and show hunger for education.” Mtsi also encouraged the youngsters to motivate their peers to also study. “BCMM believes that investing in the future is important and that is exactly what we are doing with these children, go out there and make us proud.” He added that the City will benefit from them as the bursaries are for scare skills and the Metro plans to absorb them in their system so that they can give back to the community as well as the economy. Portfolio Head for Special Programmes Unit Ayanda Peter said, “Every year it gives me great pleasure to share this moment with all these children along with their parents. BCMM is determined to give back to the previously disadvantaged. These children are the future Presidents of this country and we are proud to make their dreams come true.” Expressing her gratitude, one of the beneficiaries Thulisa Matyayisi who will be studying towards Bachelor of Development Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, she is also the only female beneficiary for this academic year said, “Today, I want to express my gratitude to BCMM for this opportunity to fulfill my dreams. I intend to grasp and come and plough back to this beautiful Metro to help with its growth.” Speaking on behalf of the parents Nobonke Charles said, “My heart is filled with so much gratitude today, my husband and I were dependent on our grant, we are so grateful to BCMM we did not know how she would go to school.” Adding to that beneficiary Lwazi Mrhangula doing his third year in BCom Accounting at the University of Fort Hare said, “I would like to thank BCMM today they have changed my life without this help I don’t know where I would be or what the future holds for me. I hope someday I will be able to contribute back and be witness that BCMM does care for its people.” Comments are closed.