Executive Mayor Kekana concludes 2015 in final Sarah Baartman District Municipality council meeting


The Sarah Baartman District Municipality concluded a busy 2015 in high spirits with its final council meeting of the year at the municipal chambers on the 25th of November.

Speaking in her opening statement, Executive Mayor Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana spoke about events, handovers and awards which took place during the year.

She then expressed her concern for communities in remote areas, who are uncertain of how to obtain their new Smart Identification Cards, and called-on all councillors to lead by example and get their Smart ID Cards, to encourage community members to apply.

“Our people must know that the cost of a Smart ID is R140 and that it is absolutely free for the elderly,” Mayor Kekana said.

She added that local municipal offices should advise communities to register their children for birth certificates before the 30th of November, or face paying a fee of R500.

On the 19th of November, Executive Mayor Kekana attended an outreach programme in Rietbron, in the Baviaans Local Municipality, which was held by the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, in order to discuss the principles of government’s Back to Basics programme.

“What is expected from the District in the next meeting is to submit a report on the performance of all our nine local municipalities as well as the District,” Mayor Kekana said.

She also remarked that MEC Xasa is critical of hiring consultants, who are meant to help full- time staff, as they are costly, adding that “these consultants do not transfer the skills they have to the employees [that] they are working with.”

On the 21st of November, Executive Mayor Kekana attended a Fisheries Day Imbizo in Humansdorp, in the Kouga Local Municipality, where Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana, was explaining the importance of water, due to the recent shortages.

“We need to seriously think of how we can use the oceans and dams in our District for social and economic development, as unemployment is a challenge,” Mayor Kekana said.

Concluding the meeting, Mayor Kekana handed over certificates to eight members of council, who completed a certificate degree in Municipal Services Management Development at the University of the Witwatersrand recently.

Photo caption: Executive Mayor, Khunjuzwa Kekana and COGTA MEC, Fikile Xasa at the Back to Basics outreach in Rietbron