All Councillors of the Mayoral Committee
Directors and Support Staff in your respective Departments
In welcoming you all, I just want to make a few comments on some of the issues of interest.
- We are currently on Adjusted lockdown to Level 4 until Sunday the 25 July 2021 when we expect the President to update us on the way forward.
- Covid -19 numbers are still very high and we have a total of 3153 cases of which 118 are Active and we have 108 deaths. This is as per the report received from the GRDM Disaster Management Centre on the 21 July 2021.
- Vaccination is still going ahead and we have seen an increase in the number of people that are being vaccinated in the town. The age group between 35 and 49 is now urged to get themselves registered for vaccination.
- Some of our Libraries are being used to register for vaccination. The time are 09h00 to 16h00 from Monday to Thursday. Communications Department is doing a lot to ensure that it makes residents aware of this information and that includes Videos, Loudhailing and etc.
- We are also using some of our interns and staff members to assist the Department of Health with registering people who are walking into these facilities to register.
- It is now known that the IEC did move the Registration Date from 18 July to the 1st August 2021. We need to make sure that voters use this opportunity to get registered on these days. The IEC is also open on a daily basis for walk in registrations.
- The Moseneke Commission have made a recommendation to move the Local Government Elections from the 27 October to 22nd February 2022. The IEC will process this and make a decision. We will await the way forward regarding these developments.
- A project to do bush clearing in the various wards will be undertaken in the coming weeks. This project is welcomed as it will see alien bushes being cleared as these are often causes of fires and criminals used these as a haven for unholy activities. This project will also create a number of temporary jobs.
- The Qolweni Housing project is also currently in progress and a contractor has been appointed and the site was handed over on 7th July 2021.
- The process of decanting is currently taking place and we are aware that there is a process of recruitment for a CLO.
- Progress is made with the handing over of the Emergency Housing Units that were donated by the Department of Human Settlements. Units have been handed over to selected beneficiaries in Covie, Kurland, New Horizon, Kranshoek and Kwanokuthula. More units still have to be handed out and there is a program driven by the Bitou Department of Housing.
- We have decided to suspend water supply restrictions to those residents that are in arears with their consumer accounts who are staying in areas where Eskom is the supplier of electricity. This relief to those consumers is given because of Covid -19 and the fact that water is a basic necessity more so during this times.
- The Redford Road in the Crags is due for an upgrade and has been budgeted for by the Province. This will see the Entrance Road to Kurland and the Grootriver Pass will benefit from this project. Job opportunities for people of Covie and Kurland will be derived from this. The Contractor has been appointed and is currently in the process of recruiting a CLO for the project.
- The Beautification of the Waste Transfer Station is progressing well and we are getting good reviews from the public regarding this.
- We are all aware that the new financial year has started and we must continue to encourage officials to continue serving the community to the best of their abilities.
- We are in what is known as Mandela Month and we encourage citizens of this town to continue with their good work of looking out for those that is less fortunate during this time.
- I have to thank the residents of Bitou for refraining to get involved in the looting and violent protest actions that took place in other parts of the country. Looting and damage to infrastructure is not in the best interest of our country and it only create more challenges for our people. We must condemn all acts of violent protest disguised as either political or service delivery protest.
I thank you
By the Acting Executive Mayor, Cllr Sandiso GcabayiState
Last published 22 July 2021