Representative Forum Application Form
Invitation is extended to organisations or individuals who wish to be part of Bitou’s IDP Representative Forum. To qualify please fill in the application form and return it to the IDP office at No 7 Gibb Street Plettenberg bay, 6600 or post it to Private Bag x 1002, Plettenberg Bay,6600 before the 31 August 2016.Last updated: 04/02/2019
EXECUTIVE MAYOR’S FOREWORD: CLLR PETER LOBESE
It is my greatest privilege on behalf of Bitou Municipality and in my capacity as Executive Mayor of Bitou Municipality to present to you the Council’s IDP for the period 2017 - 2022. We have noted the progress that has been made thus far and we count it all to our competent staff and management who worked tirelessly in ensuring good governance and effectiveness.
FOREWORD BY MUNICIPAL MANAGER: MR THABO C NDLOVU
It is generally accepted that the broader public are fully aware of the origin, purpose and implementation of the Integrated Development Plan. This perception does not seem to be always correct and may be debatable, as not everybody is equally familiar with Local Government Legislation.
The IDP has its origin from the Municipal Systems Act, Act No.32 of 2000 with its core components specified in Section 26 of the Act.
“Section 36. Municipality to give effect to integrated development plan.— A municipality must give effect to its integrated development plan and conduct its affairs in a manner which is consistent with its integrated development plan.”
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Notice is hereby given in terms of section 21 of the Local Government: Municipal System Act, 2000, Section 22 of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003, and Section 127(5) of the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act, 2003 (Act 56 of 2003) read with Section 21A of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 (Act 32 of 2000) that the Draft IDP 2019/2020, Draft Budget and Tariffs 2019/2020 for the Bitou Local Municipality are available to the general public and organisations for representations and comments.Last updated: 05/04/2019
I present to you the third revision of 2017-2022 Integrated Development Plan. There are no major changes in the current strategies of the municipality and in addition the MEC for local government raised no material issues for consideration during the drafting of the 2020/2021 Bitou Integrated Development Plan.
The revision of the 2020 / 2021 IDP happens at very challenging times. The country and global fraternity are faced with socio-economic challenges.
The world is threatened by a deadly corona virus that have a potential of collapsing the local and global economy that might have serious consequences on our future planning processes. As a municipality we are in tandem with plans, strategies and policies that are aimed at reducing and combating this health pandemic. At this stage no one is sure about the duration this will have but as an institution we are aligning our operations and plans in support of government to protect the citizens of the greater Bitou against this health risk, even if this mean that the municipality must adjust its future plans.
Several other factors also affects the country’s economy, these issues include amongst others the exchange rate, trade deficit, oil prices etc. as a result these economic turbulences the Minister of Finance introduced austerity measures to guide the planning, budgeting and expenditure of government including municipalities. We are mindful of these measures and they are welcomed by the municipality. Subsequently we have put measures in place for prudent spending and aligning all expenditure to the IDP priorities.
The evaluation of municipal performance is another important variable to measure the ability of the municipality to achieve its developmental objectives. The municipal performance was satisfactory Despite the administrative, political and resource limitations. As a result the municipality received an unqualified audit opinion from the Auditor General.
Due to limited resources we are unable to address some of the development challenges faced by our communities. The proposed district approached as a means of addressing capacity gaps is welcomed and we will give our full support in making sure that this process work for the Garden Route and its people.
We are mindful of the new strategic direction taken by the Western Cape Government. Unfortunately we are not in a position to align this revision with the VIP strategies. We commit to revise the next IDP with the provincial plans.
This council is committed in growing the local economy, create favourable conditions for employment creation, address service delivery backlogs, and create integrated human settlements and fighting corruption.
It is my honour and pleasure to present to you the 2020/2021 revised Integrated Development Plan.
CLLR. MSIMBOTHI PETER LOBESE