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First Buffalo City Mayoral Imbizo brings community closer to government

Oct 14, 2017
First Buffalo City Mayoral Imbizo brings community closer to government

The Mayoral Imbizo is an on-going Mayoral Outreach Program aimed at bringing government closer to the people, whereby the Municipality interacts with communities regarding upcoming service delivery projects in their areas and progress on existing ones.

Hundreds of Buffalo City Metro Municipality residents braved the cold weather conditions to attend the first Mayoral Imbizo in the king Williams Town City Hall Tuesday 10 October.

The venue was changed after following advice from the Disaster Management Unit from Victoria Grounds, despite the wet conditions residents still showed up in numbers to engage the City’s leadership lead by the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati, his Mayoral Committee, Speaker, Chief Whip and administrators lead by City Manager Andile Sihlala.

Charing the session, Council Speaker Alfred Mtsi acknowledged 26 community members representing the 13 wards which form the Inland Region, allowing for two questions per ward.

The City is pleased with the turnout which led to an overflow due to space restrictions.

The day started with a site visit to the Berlin November venue to inspect the work being done in anticipation of the signature event.

Infrastructure is one of the 10 priorities identified by the Mayor and his committee, it is therefore imperative that progresses is assessed and monitored on a regular basis.

Project sites to be visited include the Phakamisa waste water treatment works plant site and the Tshatshu and Qalashe Bridge.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in Kuwait to signify the completion of a VIP toilets project.

Lastly there will be two projects launched on the day. An Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) waste mini station and cleaning project and the Barcelona 10 communal toilets and taps in Zwelitsha.

Pakati will give feedback on matters raised in the previous meeting and also relay future plans the City has in delivery adequate services. Members of the community will also be given a chance to raised issues affecting them in their communities.

The Mayoral Imbizo forms part of government public participation processes as well as bringing government closer to the people.

The Imbizo roadshows continue tomorrow as follows:

•           15 October – Ncerha Village 2 field opposite the community hall at 12h00