Councillor Msimboti Lobese, Executive Mayor of Bitou Municipality, met with the Qolweni and Bossiesgif communities for a second time on Thursday, 21 June 2018, in accordance to a commitment made on 14 June 2018, during a week of protests
The communities had various demands listed and the mayor replied extensively to all demands/issues
Release of arrested protesters: the mayor raised this matter with the station commander of Plettenberg Bay SAPS, who in turn will interact and liaise with the Department of Justice and the National Prosecuting Authorities to consider, as this falls outside the mandate of the municipality
High unemployment, with reference to youth unemployment: The mayor on behalf of the municipality acknowledged the concern raised by the community on the unemployment challenges. The municipality are encouraging all unemployed youth to register on the municipal database for employment, as this is a requirement of the employment policy. The mayor committed that municipality will give preference to Qolweni unemployed youth on projects and EPWP opportunities taking place in ward 3, however this does not apply to scarce skills. The mayor stressed that employment opportunities in the municipality are open to all community members that meets the minimum requirements. Community members are encouraged to apply when the positions are advertised in our local newspapers and notice boards.
On the demand for housing, the Mayor announced the following investments:
169 housing top structures to be constructed, commencing on 1 November 2018, at the projected cost of R38 132 000, which includes transitional relocation area units and rudimentary services;
382 sites to be serviced, with at a projected cost of R36 822 000, which includes transitional relocation area units and rudimentary services;
Both the former projects are currently in the procurement process, in accordance to the applicable MFMA (Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, No. 56 of 2003) provisions and SCM (supply chain management) regulations; and
The mayor also announced the 5th July 2018 visit by the Honourable Nomaindiya Mfeketo (MP), the national minister of Human Settlements.
Demands for a school, clinic, community hall and a satellite police station: these demands were referred to the responsible provincial and national departments, as it falls outside the legal mandate of the municipality.
Lack of community projects: the mayor announced the re-establishment and upgrading of the Qolweni Cultural Village project for the 2018/2019 financial year.
Finally, the mayor committed to ongoing communication and engagements to keep the communities abreast of progress with all the issues.
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