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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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On Friday the 28th of January 2022, the Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) launched the FRIDAY CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN aimed at restoring the beauty of the Vaal. The MMC for Environment and Planning Cllr. Jones Radebe launched the campaign jointly with the Executive Mayor, Cllr. Sipho Radebe, the Speaker of Council, Cllr. Sibongile Soxuza, the Municipal Manager, Mr. Lucky Leseane, the Executive Directors Mrs. Refiloe Mokgotsi and Mr. Thabo Ndlovu, employees from Super By-Law, Waste, Roads and Stormwater Departments. Community volunteers also joined the launch. 

With a little over 40 days in office, the new administration is hitting the ground running with a commitment to turn the Municipality around by improving service delivery and making Emfuleni a Municipality of choice once more. 

In light of a cleaner Vaal attracting more business into the area while stimulating the local economy, the campaign is also aimed at ensuring that our area goes back to an economic hub it once was, booming with opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Addressing members of employees, members of the media and members of the public at the launch, MMC Jones Radebe called upon all communities in Emfuleni to take part in the process of restoring the Vaal to its former glory by  looking after the environment and reducing the number of illegal dumping sites.  This is will serve as an  affirmation of a social contract between the municipality and its consumers:

“The municipality calls upon all stakeholders to join hands in cleaning the Vaal. Every little bit of help from all residents goes a long way in resolving some of the service delivery challenges facing Emfuleni.” MMC Sipho Radebe said.  

IMG 2294Speaking to Executive Mayor Cllr. Sipho Radebe, and he said that he is happy to form part of such a great initiative led by the Environment Management and Planning MMC. In his inspirational speech, the Mayor was clear on challenges facing the municipality and how these challenges affect efforts to render quality services to the deserving communities of the Emfuleni.

“The municipality is faced with a lot of challenges as we are all aware, but we can’t comprise our residents by not delivering quality services and allowing our towns to deteriorate any further than they have. All of this happened under our watch as leaders in power and this is dishonorable to some of us who are jealous about the Vaal to say the least.” Mayor said.

Executive Mayor Radebe further said that he found it befitting for him to grace and form part of the launch together fellow political leaders and the administration of municipality. 

“Today I have decided to lay aside my suits and statis as the Executive Mayor to join employees mandated to make this campaign a success, I have high hopes that this campaign will gradually grow to a level that it runs for the duration of my term in office. Effective today (28 January 2022), Fridays will never be the same in Emfuleni, all residents must just brace themselves for the good that is coming.  It is only the start of the campaign which will gradually grow”.

The Friday Clean-Up Campaign will continue until end June 2022 with more and more service delivery departments joining the initiative as per necessity of the area targeted.  Additional to grass-cutting, household waste collection, clearing of illegal dumping sites, storm water catchment pit cleaning, pothole patching and removal of illegal business structures in town centers, the campaign will address other service delivery challenges such as leaks, blocked sewer lines and electricity outages.   The initiative aims to restore the dignity of the Vaal in general, especially our towns in a bid to stimulate the local economy. IMG 2269

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