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Month: February 2019

CHDM TABLES ITS MID-TERM PERFORMANCE REPORT

The 2018/2019 financial year mid-term performance of the district stands at 64%. This report was tabled before Council in Cacadu recently (on 30 January 2019). The report also revealed that the district fell short in attaining all its set targets and corrective measures were outlined in this regard. Out of 137 planned targets as per CHDM SDBIP (Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan), the district managed to achieve 87 targets while 50 were not attained.

The SDBIP for 2018/19, was divided in terms of the five key performance areas applicable to local government viz.

  • KPA 1: Municipal Transformation and Institutional Development – Its main focus is on the provision of support services internally. These would speak chiefly to matters of human resource provisioning and development, employee wellness, information communication technologies, fleet management services and legal services.
  • KPA 2: Basic Service Delivery and Infrastructure Development – the main focus is of tangible service delivery matters such as water and sanitation, roads maintenance, housing and town planning services.
  • KPA 3: Local Economic Development – this focuses on those indicators seeking to ensure that conducive conditions are created for broader economic growth and ultimately to boost the district economy. Typically, these indicators would focus on amongst others, issues such as tourism promotion and development, forestry programmes, heritage development, the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), and agriculture.
  • KPA 4: Municipal Financial Viability and Management – focuses on the internal financial management processes. As such, this would focus on matters relating to budget development, supply chain management issues, asset management as well as income and expenditure management.
  • KPA 5: Good Governance and Public Participation – focuses on good governance matters such as public participation, stakeholder engagement, customer care, performance management, the effectiveness of oversight structures, internal audit matters, risk management and communications.

The performance rating attained as per above mentioned KPAs was reported as follows:

  • Municipal Transformation and Organizational Development attained 50%
  • Basic Service Delivery 68%
  • Local Economic Development 95%
  • Financial Management and Viability 43%.
  • Good Governance and Public Participation 67%

The overall performance of the district for the six months indicates a 9% decline when compared to the recorded performance in the previous financial year at the same period – which stood at 77%.

The report clearly outlined key challenges that contributed to the decline in performance, which, amongst others, included the construction of water and water waste projects which were behind schedule in terms of their progress.  Interventions are in place to ensure an improved performance, particularly in the water and sanitation programme.  Executive Mayor,

In terms of Section 72 (1) (a) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, (Act 56 of 2003) also known as the MFMS, the Accounting Officer must to assess the performance of the Municipality during the first half of the financial year and (b) submit a report on such assessment to— the Mayor of the municipality; the National Treasury; and the relevant Provincial Treasury.

Stakeholders within the district are appraised on the municipal performance on a quarterly basis through the IDP Representative Forum.   CHDM encourages attendance of such meetings which are not only informative but also provide an opportunity for participants to hold the municipality accountable.

Issued by the CHDM Communications Unit – Enquiries:  Ms Thobeka Mqamelo, at 0825632976 / tmqamelo@chrishanidm.gov.za

New Councillors sworn in at CHDM special council sitting

CHDM Council convened this afternoon at the Disaster Management Boardroom where two resignations were dealt with following the resignation of both Cllr Bongiwe van Heerden the former Chief Whip of Council, and that of Cllr Siyabulela Zangqa a former member of the Mayoral Committee, and Portfolio Head for Infrastructure. The Independent Electoral Commission was notified by the Accounting Officer, Yoliswa Sinyanya, the Acting Municipal Manager, of the vacancies which occurred as a result of these resignations.

When a Councillor resigns, dies, or is expelled, a process of replacement is embarked upon by the political party concerned with the IEC wherein a vacancy is declared and the political party follows the process of replacement.

Cllr Bongiwe van Heerden is now replaced by Cllr Madoda Papiyana while Cllr Siyabulela Zangqa is replaced by Cllr Lizeka Lali. Both Cllrs were sworn in today in a full Council meeting where they affirmed to abide by the Constitution in fulfilling their duties with due diligence.

Cllr Madoda Papiyana also got elected unopposed as the new Chief Whip of Council.

The newly elected Cllrs were welcomed by Cllr Wongama Gela who advised them to equip themselves with the Council Rules of Order

Cllr Papiyana served as Finance Portfolio Head in Enoch Mgijima LM while Cllr Tyali is the former mayor of Engcobo Local Municipality

For further enquiries please contact Ms Lonwabo Kowa at 045 808 9045 alternately email lkowa@chrishanidm.gov.za

Chris Hani District top performing schools awarded

It’s often said hard work pays off and this was the case for some schools within the Chris Hani District Municipality area of jurisdiction. The hard work and dedication of learners and teachers of the class of 2018 finally paid off as top performing schools in the district were recognised and  rewarded for their outstanding results.. Six of the top performing schools, one form each Local Municipality, were rewarded handsomely by the Chris Hani District Municipality during the Executive Mayor’s Excellence Awards which took place recently.

Freemantle Boys High School (Emalahleni LM) was ranked as the  top performing school in the district, for having achieved a 96.2% pass rate. St James High School came in the second place with 92.4 % (Intsika Yethu LM), followed by Nyanga Senior Secondary School at 90.3%(Engcobo LM), Ndlovukazi Senior Secondary School at 88.6% (Enoch Mgijima LM), JA Calata High School at 84.9% (Inxuba Yethemba LM) while AM Zantsi Senior Secondary School achieved 82.4% (Sakhisizwe LM). The support to the schools included Cheques ranging from R20,000.00 – R25,000.00, laptops and awarding of bursaries to best performing learners. The award ceremony was the culmination of the annual Back to school Programme  undertaken by CHDM in partnership with the Department of Education within the district, Local Municipalities and the Chris Hani Development Agency (CHDA). The awards were not only dedicated in recognising  stellar performance by schools  but also  in creating a platform for beneficiaries to share best experiences.

CHDM through its Development Agency prides itself in helping improve the lives of learners who come from impoverished backgrounds. This is achieved through the bursary scheme that is facilitated by the Chris Hani Development Agency. Since its inception six years ago a total of forty four academically deserving learners within the Chris Hani district have benefitted from the programme.

One of the recipients,  Cwenga Ngxangana, who recently graduated from the University of Free State  was among the Executive Mayors’ Special guests. Cwenga obtained his BCom Accounting degree in Cum Laude with a total of 18 distinctions. He gave his own testimony about the support he received from the district and how much that helped him over the years. “It has not been an easy sailing, however sleepless nights and dedication finally paid off. At the moment I  am not ready to look for any job, as my  wish is to further my  studies by embarking on a postgraduate degree. My  ultimate goal is to become a Charted Accountant and  my only prayer is to get assistance to realise my dream”, he said.

Cwenga’s plea and prayer was instantly answered as the CHDM Executive Mayor, Cllr Kholiswa Vimbayo made a commitment to award Cwenga with an additional two year bursary towards his postgraduate studies, through the Mayor’s discretionary fund. “CHDM  will continue with its support to schools in the region through this programme . We are equally concerned about those schools which did not do well this year and are aware of the  challenges faced by our schools hence we have also committed an amount of R100 000  which will be utilised to assist during the winter study camps for the matriculants. This confirms that we are united in recognising education as an apex priority for our country”, the Executive Mayor said.

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