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 Budget Roadshows running smoothly The Metro in its quest to go back to basics has successfully held six roadshows at Wards 25 Phakamisa,34 Moses Twebe, 35 Quzini ,38 Gwaba ,40 Dubu and 49 Ndevana to meet with the people and consult on its service delivery performance and plans. The road shows are a key part of the planning for the Metro where community members are afforded an opportunity to raise key service delivery issues including priority areas and get an update on Municipal plans. The hearings have seen a huge turnout of residence commending the work that has been done, while also raising requests on areas of improvement. Some of the key issued raised by community members from the respective Wards that have sat include: · A request for a high mast to increase visibility and reduce crime in the Metro; · Improvements of infrastructure - roads which includes construction of tar roads, filling of portholes and an upgrade of the West Drive bridge; · Electrification of informal settlements, building of houses, easy access to water and creation of employment opportunities and · Bush clearing, fencing of cemeteries, Club View Nature Reserve and Victoria Ground, shut down of taverns in town, building of community halls and basic services for the new area along R63. The hearings are held at each of the 50 Wards with a delegation from the Metro led by Troika, Portfolio Heads, Ward Councillors with substantial support from administration officials. The following leg of the hearings will be held today, 24 April at Ward 41 Nolizwe, 43 Skenjana Roji and 44 Tshatshu. Monday 30 April – Ward 5 at Scenery Park Community Hall, Ward 10 at Alphandale High School and Ward 13 at Reeston. 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. IDP Budget Meetings kicked off The roadshows are set by the metro for communities give share their views on the 2017/18 financial year budget and planning. Below is the list of priorities raised by community members in each of the following wards. Ward 35 met at Quzini Hall with the following priorities raised. In Balasi Valley requested the clearing of bushes, fencing around the dam in Balasi Valley where a young boy recently drowned, the upgrading of sports facilities around the ward, the construction of roads across the ward, the community requested for land to use as a graveyard and a request for toilets was made. Ward 36 residents gathered at Mzintshane Community Hall raised issues ranging from the building of RDP Houses, a community hall has been requested for an upgrade, the electrification of houses in the Ward and construction of ablution facilities including the revitalisation of the factories in a bid to create employment in the ward and a request for speed humps in a nearby school for children cross the main road and high mast lights have been requested as well as the fixing of streetlights. Ward 38 had their meeting at the Dikidikana Community Hall with over 100 residents attending and raising issues including electrification of houses, construction of destitute housing units, ablution facilities in Lieveldt, Mamata and Mxaxo, water outages to be looked into, installation of taps, roads to be re-graveled and youth programmes to be a priority. Dubu Community Hall was filled up with residents from Ward 40, with the purpose of sharing their views and also give the municipal officials guidance on which areas needs to be improved in their area. Areas of improvement and in Ward 40 include the building of a community Hall in Qongqotha, a request to enforce by-laws on those who own shebeens about the opening and closing times of business, the fencing of cemeteries that are being damaged by livestock, housing rectification and construction of better ablution facilities. Another concern in the area includes a bridge that needs to be constructed in the Fordmarie are and streetlights. Ward 45 met in Berlin Hall with residents requesting for high mast lights, land, new houses for the wooden houses beneficiaries and the upgrading of stormwater drainages. The IDP Meetings for this week will continues as follows: on Thursday 20 April Ward 41 will meets at Nolizwe Mnyaka Community Hall, at 5pm, Ward 37 the meeting will be at Schornville Hall at 5pm, while Ward 39 will hold their meeting at Weir Hall at 5pm and Ward 44 meets at Sweetwaters Hall at 5pm at Sweetwaters Community Hall. For an updated schedule for the rest of the month visit http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/slides/BCM IDP Schedule.jpg There will be an open council day held 16 May and the adoption of the final IDP and Budget will take place on Wednesday 31 May. The Executive Mayor Councilor Xola Pakati will deliver the State of the Metro Address, 22 June. Comments are closed.