Red Cross meets with the District Municipality
The South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) has met with the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, Dawid Kruiper Municipality and stakeholders to discuss programmes of mutual interest in Upington. The SARCS mainly focuses on disaster management, income generating activities, youth & peer education and health & care education.
The SARCS currently has 32 branches and 5 provincial offices. The aim of today’s meeting with the District leadership was to establish working relations between SARCS and the stakeholders in government. The SARCS’ interests are to address the needs of the most vulnerable in the ZF Mgcawu District communities and work together with the District & local Municipality, Department of Health, Non-government organisations and other stakeholders.
The Executive Mayor of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, Abraham Vosloo expressed his gratitude towards SARCS for reaching out and working together with Government in tackling social ills and health related issues that need critical attention.
Christmas Message from the Mayor
It is hard to believe that we have reached that time of the year when we say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Of course, this past year has been a year of mixed blessings, many accomplishments and also some shortcomings
It has been our mandate as a District Municipality to ensure that local municipalities fulfil their mandate of delivering basic services to the people and as government we make it our duty to better the quality of life of our people. As a District we are proud of the accomplishments achieved by all Municipalities within our district and we thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
In celebrating this season with family and friends, let us also use the time to reflect and count our own individual and personal blessings. As South Africans we can reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a country that has fought for and enjoys democracy, freedom of rights and freedom of association.
The festive season is a time for people to get together with family and friends and a time to care and think about others, especially those who are less fortunate and who find the festive season more painful than cheerful.
To those who are traveling away to visit family and friends, may you have a safe and enjoyable journey, and to visitors to our District who have come to spend quality time with their loved one.
On behalf of the Councillors and Council Personnel, we wish you a Christmas that gives contentment, happiness and love, and we wish one and all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!
ZF MGCAWU RECEIVES CLEAN AUDIT
The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality for the fourth year in a row received a clean audit opinion from the Auditor General for the 2015/2016 financial year and by doing so, the District Municipality proves that it is possible to get a clean audit whatever the circumstances may be.
An unqualified audit report is a report which states that the financial records of the Municipality are in order, but highlights some issues that need attention. A "clean audit" means that it is a unqualified audit report and that all laws and regulations that have been set, have been met.
The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality built on the progressive improvements in terms of internal control measures and has also focused on previous years issues identified by the Auditor General and also the Executive Mayor and Municipal Manager took ownership for achieving a clean audit.
The Council and Administration of the Municipality has worked hand in hand to ensure that the staff take responsibility for the implementation of previous years' audit findings and with the help of the Audit Recovery Plan, it was possible to monitor the financial aspects and ensure that no overspendings occur.
During a Council meeting with the personnel of the District, the Executive Mayor, Councillor Abraham Vosloo expressed his gratitude to the staff for their loyalty and hard work during the audit process.
On another occasion the accounting officer of the Municipality, Mr. Elias Ntoba could not hold back his pride, "it is a immensely proud moment for me that ZF Mgcawu District Municipality has reached a clean audit for the fourth consecutive year. I would like to thank the staff for their hard work, and, above all, the Council for the confidence they have placed in us, "he said.
The Municipal Manager once again emphasized that the audit results were expected and the Council had put full confidence in the Administration to achieve this outcome.
"A certain standard has been set by the District and that is that the Financial statements and all documents relating thereto have been promptly submitted to the Auditor General," he said.
"It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of the Council of ZF Mgcawu District Municipality would like to congratulate the Senior Management and the entire workforce on this clean audit for the 2015/2016 financial year; we have once again proved that it is possible to reach this achievement and to retain it"- Councillor Abraham Vosloo said.
Draft Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Response Plan
ZF Mgcawu District Municipality acknowledges that Climate Change poses a threat to the environment, its residents and future development. Actions are required to reduce carbon emissions (mitigation), and prepare for the changes that are projected to take place (adaptation) in the District.
ZF Mgcawu District Municipality has therefore prioritised the development of a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Change Response Plan
The plan was developed through the Local Government Climate Change Support Program, with support from the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale (GIZ).
Through this program key climate change vulnerability indicators were identified. These are indicators where ZF Mgcawu may be at risk to the impacts of Climate Change.
The District Municipality hereby requests the inputs and comments from members of the public
Click here to read Northern Cape CC Response Plan ZF Mgcawu
For more information on this plan please visit www.letsrespondtoolkit.org
A workshop in this regard has been scheduled for the 1st December 2016 and stakeholders are requested to contact Mr Frikkie Rupping on 054 337 2800 for more detail