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Friday Cleanup Campaign gaining significant momentum

be2eb4ea 7268 40ab 8c52 1175bd9e1c95Vereeniging, Friday 04 February 2022 - The recently launched Friday cleanup campaigns aimed at restoring the beauty of the Vaal took to the streets of Vereeniging CBD on Friday (04 February 2022) to clean and restore the beauty of the city.

The MMC for Environment and Planning Cllr. Jones Radebe together with the Executive Director for Basic Services, Mrs. Refilwe Mokgotsi, Sedibeng District Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr. Lerato Maloka, member of the Ntirisano Management program, Mrs. Hlehlane, Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) staff and the Vereeniging community.

4ed88873 ddd6 4431 a4c1 dbaa32c30390Addressing employees, members of the community and media, Cllr. Jones Radebe reflected on tools of the trade challenges facing the municipality and how these challenges affect service delivery efforts. 

“It is very important that we do not allow our cities to decay any further, everyone knows that we have hefty plant and machinery challenges but, with the little we have, we must do everything in our power to restore our city. Vereeniging used to be the economic hub of the Vaal, now is the time to return it to return it to its rightful condition”, Radebe said.

The MMC continued to thank everyone for committing to the programme and taking part in the initiative intended to restore and improve the living conditions for the people of Emfuleni. 

Multiple service delivery hotspots ranging from potholes to illegal dumping sites and leaking water mains were targeted in Vereeniging. Waste Management cleaned around Sedibeng head office, Vereeniging Court, CBD and cleared various illegal dumping sites in the area.

Roads Department patched potholes and cleaned stormwater catchment pits Lewis Ave., Joubert St., Leslie St., Botha St., Union St., Merriman St., Van Riebeeck St., Edward St and Market St. The Electricity Department replaced distribution pillar boxes in Voortrekker St. 

Super By-laws Unit targeted hotspot areas and cleared illegal structures in the Vereeniging. Parks and Cemeteries targeted open spaces (mini parks) for grass cutting.

cf3984c1 50c3 474a 9dc0 99826f296ebeCllr. Jones Radebe further said that, residents of Emfuleni have been calling for provision of services for some time and, as the new multi-party coalition administration, that is precisely what they intend to deliver for Emfuleni residents.  

“As a multi-party coalition governing Emfuleni, we took it upon ourselves that despite all the political ideology differences we might have on running the municipality, at no point we are going to allow our differences to compromise provison of adequate service delivery to our communities”, MMC Radebe said.

The Friday Cleanup Campaigns are not only meant for towns but will also be rolled out to all other areas in Emfuleni as well. The municipality has identified a number of communities targeted for the cleanup. On Friday (11 February 2022), the campaign will continue in Vereeniging from 08h30 at corner Joubert St. and Beaconsfield Ave.  

“Vereeniging is a relatively large city and we want to make sure that once we are done with the cleanup, municipal employees and community members are able to sustain the foundation laid by the campaign. I would like to take this opportunity to invite even more members of the community in Vereeniging to join the upcoming cleanup campaign,” Radebe said. 

“The municipality is also aware of the various complaints raised by community members in Vereeniging. Jointly with other government stakeholders we will be conducting a joint operation to address critical issues of crime, drugs and human trafficking claims young vulnerable girls. It is very important to make Vereeniging a safe heaven for all those who live and work in it, MMC Jones Radebe concluded.

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Mayor’s Parlor, Tuesday 08 February 2022 - The Speaker of Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM), Cllr. Sibongile Soxuza launched the Ward Committees Establishment programme for the 2021/2026 political term. 

0ba3372e 61fe 44a0 9cdf 1d78c0e78c19As part of the legal provision contained in sections 72 to 78 of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act, the elections and operations of Ward Committees should be completed within 120 days from the first sitting of the new Council.  Ward committees should be fully established and functional in all wards of the municipality.

“According to the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), ward committees are important for nurturing working relations between ward councillors and key stakeholders at ward level. The Ward committee system plays a critical role in bringing public participation to the forefront of governance,” Cllr. Soxuza said.

Cllr. Sibongile Soxuza called on the ELM Communication team and local media houses to ensure that Emfuleni residents get the information. The speaker firmly believes that the establishment of ward committees is one of several ways to ensure that residents give input on decisions effected by the Council.

“The Ward Committees nomination process started on Tuesday (02 February 2022) and will continue until Sunday (20 February 2022) at 16h00. Completed nomination forms must be signed by the respective ward councilor and submitted to the Office of the Speaker located at the ELM Head Office, corner Klasie Havenga and Frikkie Meyer Boulevard,” the Speaker concluded.

The Office of the Speaker is currently distributing nomination forms for all 45 wards. Forms can be obtained at all municipal buildings such as libraries and clinics. For more information and enquiries, residents are advised to contact the following personnel in the Office of the Speaker:

  • Tefo Molakeng - Chief Ward Committee Coordinator (082 944 6496)
  • Mpei Mokoena - Office Assistance Manager (072 015 1752)
  • Mmatshepo Mathumbo - Office Manager (079 092 1848)

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