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Month: August 2018

NELSON MANDELA MONTH CELEBRATED ACROSS THE CHDM

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” (Nelson Mandela on the 90th birthday celebration of Walter Sisulu, 2002

On the 20th July 2018 Chris Hani District Municipality forever changed the lives of 6 destitute families for the better, as it handed over brand new houses as part of the Mandela Day commemorations, under the theme “Be the Legacy”. 

Heeding the call to spend 67 minutes doing good for the benefit of the less fortunate Chris Hani District Municipality Executive Mayor Councillor Koliswa Vimbayo together with the Mayoral Committee travelled to all six local municipalities to handover brand new fully furnished houses to the less fortunate families.

The beneficiaries, who were selected with the assistance of local municipalities across the district, included,  Ms Angelina Pietersen who previously resided in a dilapidated shack with her daughter and seven grandchildren in Middelburg.   She could not hold back tears as remarked “I cannot contain my excitement as for the first time in my life I will be sleeping in a proper house that has brand new furniture, I am forever grateful to Chris Hani District Municipality for this”.

Handing over a house to a 87 years Miss Nontobeko Mkhosi, The Executive Mayor Cllr Kholiswa Vimbayo indicated that “It is pleasing to the district to hand-over a house to someone who is most deserving, both in terms of the age of the beneficiary and due consideration of the conditions under which one lived in”.    The old lady stayed in a dilapidated shack.  Executive Mayor applauded Emalahleni LM together with the CHDM Housing Unit for being able to select appropriately.

The municipality spent a total of R1, 079 million on the construction of the houses, furniture and groceries that were handed over on the day.

Other house beneficiaries are:  Mr Monwabisi Noveve 86 year old from Intsika Yethu LM, Miss Nokuzola Bodliwe 36 year old from Engcobo LM, Miss Ntobeko Edith Mkhosi 87 year old from Rhodana Village Emalahleni LM, Miss Vuyelwa Gete Langa  57 year old from Sterkstroom, Enoch Mgijima LM, Mrs Nomathemba Yvonne Mbana 58 year old  from Mlungisi Township, Enoch Mgijima LM.

This act of goodwill not only befell the less fortunate families, but also saw an old age home in Midros under Inxuba Yethemba local municipality receiving a 5000 litre water tank. Receiving the water tank on behalf of the home, was centre’s board member Frans de De Klerk who said “we are forever grateful for the tank from CHDM, it will assist us immensely as Middelburg is one of the drought stricken areas”.

Executive Mayor Vimbayo encourages CHDM employees and councillors to continue participating in activities that seek to promote the wellbeing of others and thus live Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

MORAL REGENERATION MOVEMENT REJUVENATES COMMUNITIES

“The Moral Regeneration Movement aims to provide a positive influence to our communities starting at family level. When our democracy was still young and delicate it became clear that there was a gap in our society which was a resultant of the struggle for freedom. The MRM also seeks to bridge the moral gap which manifests itself through social ills such as murder, rape and abuse of vulnerable people”.

Those were the words of Bishop Zamindawo Gqira, the District Chairperson of the MRM addressing delegates in a dialogue in Qhumanco village of Engcobo Local Municipality. The dialogue, held on 20 July had been organised with the purpose of getting on stakeholders to come up with innovative tactics on how to address persisting social ills.

The dialogues were led by prolific figures such as Bishop Andile Mbethe, Acting HOD for the Department of Public Works Mr Mahlubandile Qwase, Mrs Ntombi Baart HOD for the Department of Social Development, Advocate Zimkhitha Mazula of the Eastern Cape Development Corporation and Chief Ngangomhlaba Mathanzima who is the Chairperson of the Provincial MRM. CHDM was the first District to hold the dialogue as instructed by the Provincial MRM that all municipalities should hold them.

Resolutions taken during the event will be tabled before CHDM Council and also cascaded to all Local Municipalities in its this jurisdiction. CHDM Speaker Councillor Mxolisi Koyo called for the resolutions to be implemented down to ward level and that institutions such as churches and schools should be included and partnered with. All Local Municipalities will also hold dialogues with the aim to ensure proper diagnosis of social issues and relevant solutions

The Moral Regeneration Movement in the Chris Hani Region was launched in February this year and a sense of eagerness to embrace it exists. There is a general lack of understanding of MRM values, especially when it comes to application. The eagerness to embrace it must be met with attempts to build understanding of the concept through dialogue across the district, to properly diagnose the extent of moral sickness in our communities. Communities are still urged to participate in Moral Regeneration dialogues and other activities aimed inculcating a culture of positive moral values throughout CHDM.

“Stand for something great and be counted for good, be more like Madiba and Mama Sisulu: it begins with you”.

CHDM SPENDS R4 MIILLION ON SMMES

Small, Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMMEs) received a major boost from Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) a through financial support recently made available for them.

A sum of R4 million was spent for the purchase of essential equipment for 40 emerging local businesses for  purposes of growing their businesses.  SMMEs initially submitted their applications for funding to the district and the beneficiaries were successful during the open application window period.

A number of businesses across CHDM jurisdiction continue to receive support aspart of CHDM’s SMME Strategy which was developed in 2010. The implementation of the strategy has seen establishments in various sectors receiving funding in the form of equipment, machinery, and trading stock, and at times the transfer of financial resources depending on the nature of a request and approval thereof. CHDM has also developed a monitoring mechanism in an effort to ensure proper use of material acquired and further provide necessary technical assistance where needed for businesses to thrive.

The Portfolio Head for Integrated Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Sibongile Mbotshane, expressed his delight over the commitment made by CHDM towards supporting small businesses.  “We are indeed pleased to have taken giant steps in fulfilling our commitment to local businesses. As Council we are trying our level best to ensure that assistance is given to all deserving and emerging businesses across the District. With the new funding model we will be able to ensure that our selection is impartial and benefits sustainable businesses”.

One of the support recipients Mr Mabhuti Ncamile of Masibulele Winders based in Komani said, “My company has been operating since 2010 and I have been in dire need of  essential tools required for  my operations and the Municipality came to my rescue by acquiring a container, wiring and tools. My business involves  epairing of sewer pumps and I have not been operating optimally due to lack of tools. I am now able to function independently and in the long-run aiming to work directly with government as I am currently getting as appointments as a sub-contractor”.

Funding for other SMMEs will also be allocated in the current financial year as guided by the funding model that was endorsed by Council in 2017. This new model seeks to ensure a transparent and credible process of selection for funding. Only businesses and projects based in Chris Hani District Municipality are eligible to apply. Businesses operating in CHDM are encouraged to use opportunities like these as we hope to empower our SMMEs who will in turn help enhance our local economy.

Further details can be obtained from Thobeka Mqamelo on tmqamelo@chrishanidm.gov.za  /  0825632976

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