MEC Xasa provides clarity on “back to basics” with visit to Sundays River


Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Fikile Xasa provided clarity on government’s back to basics programme during a two-day oversight visit held at the Kirkwood Correctional Facility, in the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality, on 4-5 August.

High ranking members attending the event included the Speaker of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality Deon de Vos, Sundays River Valley Local Municipality Mayor Zolile Lose, Department Deputy Director General Ngwadi Mzamo, Head of Department Nombulelo Hackula, Camdeboo Local Municipality Mayor Hannah Makoba as well as local councillors, department officials, community development workers (CDW’s) and representatives from other municipalities.

In his opening statement, MEC Xasa said the role played by community development workers is critical in ensuring that every South African citizen is represented, and has access to services provided by government.

“As local government, we realised the work we must do to rebuild our country was too much, therefore we wouldn’t be able to get into the in depths of the country, hence we introduced ward councillors, ward committees and CDW’s.

“The idea of CDWs was born around 2002 and when this idea came up, we had a view that we wanted to serve our communities differently,” said Xasa.

In addition, Xasa said the purpose of back to basics programme is to make CDW’s more relevant and be aware of with what is required of them.

Speaking at the event, HOD Hackula highlighted the importance of working together as local government in providing services to the people.

“We are here to encourage the ward councillors, ward committees and CDW’s to let the department know of any hindrances they may encounter in delivering services to the people, so that we can intervene and resolve those issues,” she said.

Out of eight Wards in Sunday’s Valley municipality, only three do not have CDW’s.

At the conclusion of his speech, the MEC also allowed for a questions and answers session where residents were afforded the opportunity to raise issues facing their communities.