A meeting was held between the Executive Management Team of Bitou Local Municipality, led by the acting municipal manager, Mr. J. B. Douglas and CEMAIR, on Thursday, 22 March 2018.
The following facts and / or arrangements were noted by both parties at the closure of the meeting:
Bitou Municipality, in terms of its legal mandate, derived from the Constitution, Council policies and a plethora of legislation, and regulations, will continue to observe and implement all applicable legal prescripts without fear , favour or prejudice. A particular responsibility is to ensure all revenue, due to it, is collected so that the budget targets can be met, so that service delivery are not compromised.
Finally, the administration has noted with dismay, even alarm, some of the comments, for the most without any factual premise, particularly on social media, as well as the print media. Bitou therefore urges citizens to first seek to obtain the relevant facts in a matter, before commenting. Comments from the public are otherwise welcomed, to the extent that it contributes to strengthening developmental local government as it both deepens local democracy and enhance good governance, as legislation enjoins municipalities to make communities part of its affairs. However prejudice, of any form, advanced in some comments , is counter-productive and against the letter and spirit of the Chapter 2 (Bill of Rights), of the Constitution.Last published 04 February 2019