Premier Phumulo Masualle with Members of the Executive Council (MEC) launched War rooms in Chris Hani District Municipality. The launch was held in Matyantya village on Friday 17 March where 59 out of 110 wards were confirmed as having legitimate Ward War rooms.
In his address, the Premier said “This is not the first launch of Masiphathisane that I’ve attended but I can confirm that CHDM has brought the best programme yet. The fact that there are community halls is most wards help to enhance the programme. This morning I attended four ward war room meetings there were instances where I got dismayed: In Vaalbank village of ward 8 we learnt that a state of the art clinic was constructed and completed and is not yet in use and is not even electrified. In ward 6 we heard that fencing material was delivered for to protect the dam and after months since the delivery nothing has been done. These have to be fixed within 2 weeks. I am however satisfied with the level of discussion in war rooms.
The tent in Matyantya was filled to capacity with all Local Municipalities represented by people from various walks of life all participating in the Masiphathisane programme which has established war rooms in wards, Local and District Municipalities. Masiphathisane is a government initiative of enhancing service delivery through ensuring participation by all stakeholders in all government initiatives. This programme, usually referred to as war rooms (a sequel of the war-on-poverty programme) ensures stakeholders like traditional leaders, churches, government organizations, state-owned enterprises, youth etc. all take part in governance.
In appreciation of the work done, CHDM Executive Mayor Kholiswa Vimbayo said “We are encouraged by how our wards have heeded the call to establish war rooms. We will not become complacent, we will make sure that all 110 wards in this district have established war rooms and that these war rooms are effective and used as tools to bring services and information to the people”
All Municipalities have played their role in establishing ward war rooms and so far only Emalahleni Local Municipality has established war rooms in all 17 wards. The programme of establishing war rooms will still continue.