ZFM Council holds Special Council Meeting 2019

On Friday, 8 November 2019, the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality held a Special Council meeting ahead of National Treasury’s deadline for budget amendments. During the sitting, Mr Gilbert Lategan, Municipal Manager of the District Municipality made a presentation to Council on ZFM’s Special Adjustment Budget for 2019/2022. The Council was pleased that the Municipality has managed to cut costs and save on employee related costs and operational expenditure.

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Councillor Sam Sandlana was also inaugurated during the Special Council Meeting and received a warm welcome. This Councillor filled the vacant post that existed in the Council. Councillor Walter Klim urged all Councillors to work together as they have a common goal of serving the communities. Before Councillor Moses Moalosi, Speaker of the District Municipality could adjourn the meeting, members raised other matters however it was agreed that the said matters will be addressed at the appropriate platforms. The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality will be holding its last council meeting for the 2019 calendar year by the end of November.



Twinning Agreement between SA and Namibia signed in ZFM District

The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality and Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality hosted a successful twinning agreement between the Northern Cape Provincial government and the //Kharas Regional Council of Namibia on Wednesday evening, 6 November 2019 at the Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality Council Chambers in Upington. This is following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality (South Africa) and the Keetmanshoop Municipality (Namibia) in 2018. The MoU is guided by SALGA’s Municipal International Relations (MIR) Policy Framework. The MIR ensures that the agreements that are signed are adhered to and implemented accordingly.

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The occasion was attended by the MEC of Roads and Public Works, Abraham Vosloo; Executive Mayor of ZFM District Municipality, Roy Olyn; Executive Mayor of Namakwa District, Mervin Cloete; Executive Mayor of Dawid Kruiper, Michael Segede; Mayor of Oranjemund, Henry Coetzee; Deputy Mayor of Lüderitz, Brigitte Fredericks; Mayor of Nama Khoi Municipality, Lorenzo Faber; Mayor of Richtersveld Municipality, Arthur Jansen;


Further attendees included the Provincial Executive Committee Member of SALLGA; Councillors; CEO’s and Municipal Managers of Town Councils and Municipalities of Namibia and South Africa; Officials of Provincial Government and Local Government.

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ZFM holds Mental Health Awareness Session for Staff

October is Mental Health Awareness Month and the overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The session focused mainly on the wellbeing of employees and their relationship with management and co-workers.


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Mr William Solomons - Clinical Psychologist


The session was organised by the Human Resources Development Unit of ZF Mgcawu District Municipality in conjunction with the Department of Health (represented by Sr. Katie Diergaardt), Dr Harry Surtie Hospital (represented by Mr. William Solomons, Clinical Psychologist) and the South African Human Rights Commission (represented by Rev. Julian Masimila)Dr Harry Surtie Hospital’s Clinical Psychologist, Mr. William Solomons, urged everyone to be cautious around one another and learn the art of hosting by allowing people to deal with their emotions how they see fit. While addressing the issue of fighting against stigmatization, he also mentioned that Upington is facing a challenge of a shortage of Clinical Psychologists and said that the youth should be encouraged to study Psychology to curb the shortage. 

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Executive Mayor Matric Message 2019

On behalf of the Council and Staff of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, I would like to wish the matric class of 2019 success and prosperity with their matric examination. It is that time of year when Grade 12s sit for their final exams. It is a difficult time for everyone - educators, parents, grandparents, guardians and other family members. This period requires them to provide extra love, care and support to their children as they prepare and write their matric exams.We need to let them know that they have our unconditional support as they face this important gateway into their adult lives.

We are aware that this is a stressful time for many of you. Many of you have studied under difficult circumstances and we hope that you will give only your best. Our best wishes accompany you in the beginning of a new chapter in your life. You have put in the time, planning and effort to prepare for the exam, we believe this effort will bear fruit. However, we believe that after twelve years of teaching and learning you are well equipped to overcome this challenge.

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Cllr Roy Olyn (Executive Mayor: ZF Mgcawu District Municipality)


I use this Matric message to emphasize again that education is a critical backbone of any nation in the world and that if African governments in general and the South African government in particular can invest more in education, then all nations in the world can thrives in all areas of human endeavor and our country can preside in the League of Developed Countries. The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality is fully behind you. We are convinced that all measures have been put in place by the authorities to ensure that the exams will be successful. The strongest motivation is that you should be driven by the desire and determination to do well in your studies so that you can be equipped to take advantage of the opportunities that our constitutional democracy offers to you. Put your faith in God and make the most of these exams.

Good Luck!!!

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