ZFM holds last Council Meeting 2018

The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality held its last Council Meeting for the 2018 calendar year at the end of November 2018. As is the custom the meeting was opened with scripture reading by one of the local clergymen, who encouraged the Council to have faith in God.

The Council welcomed two new Councillors who were sworn in, namely; Cllr Paulus Mgcera of the African National Congress (ANC) and Cllr Alister Davids of the Save Tsantsabane Coalition (STC); these Councillors were sworn in to fill the vacancies that were left by amongst others the passing away of Cllr Hazel Mothibi.

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Although the Council Meeting took care of its business of the day, there was time made for the Political Parties to convey their Christmas wishes and wished each other a prosperous new year.

On the agenda of the day were also the long service certificates to staff members who have been in the employ of the Council for a period between 10-30 years. The Executive Mayor, Cllr Abraham Vosloo thanked all these employees, especially Mrs Elizabeth Sterrenberg who has worked for the Council for well over 25years and is now going on pension.

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The Executive Mayor, Cllr Abraham Vosloo said in his speech, “that your attitude determines your altitude, and both the staff and Council of ZFM have a positive attitude towards the work they do and their individual roles they play”. The Executive Mayor made this remark in reference to the recently received award from SALGA for achieving a clean audit for the 2016/2017 financial year. The District Municipality further received an award from SALGA at the recently held Provincial Members Assembly for “Improved Provision of Municipal Health Services” in the province.

“Hard work and commitment are the order of the day here at ZFM and we wish to thank you for your loyalty and dedication over the last year,” said the Executive Mayor in his final remarks.


Performance Rewarded at ZFM

Since 2010, the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality has implemented a Performance Management System, which is being reviewed annually and approved by the Council. With this system, staff are evaluated quarterly on the basis of their individual performance plans. The performance plans are developed according to the job descriptions of employees and they are evaluated based on the indicators set out.

On an annual basis, the employees of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality are rewarded for the performance delivered during a specific financial year. This event takes place in the presence of the Executive Mayor and Municipal Manager. During October 2018 the same principle was followed and employees were rewarded for outstanding work for the 2017/2018 financial year.

The Acting Executive Mayor, Councillor Mpho Mashila, praised all employees who received performance rewards. "I'm proud to be part of this winning team. Your dedication and collective hard work as a team has led us to have a clean audit for the 2017/2018 financial year, not only in the District but also in the entire Province. So the Council is very proud of the work you do, "she said.

One of the objectives of the Performance Management Framework is the creation of a municipality's performance culture among all officials, including recognition of outstanding performance and the reduction and correction of poor performance.

Councillor Mashila emphasized in her speech to the staff that the institution is making progress to ensure that it is financially viable and sustainable but that this goal can only be achieved by the hard work of its staff. The acting Executive Mayor commented on the role that the District Municipality should play in terms of legislation and building the capacity of Local Municipalities, more so in areas such as town planning, IT, Internal Audit and financial viability.


"Thank you to the acting Municipal Manager and the Directors for their leadership but, above all, thank you to the workers who does the physical work to bring about the sustainability of a clean audit," concluded Rdl Mashila.

The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality wishes to congratulate the staff who earned the "Employee of the Year" awards for their unselfish service to ensure quality services are rendered.

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Provincial Listeriosis Training Hosted by ZFM

The National Department of Health and Emergency Operations Centre’s Incident Management Team, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, held a two-day workshop for Environmental Health Practitioners in Upington. This formed part of the ongoing support identified during the planning process by the Incident Management Team and how they responded to the outbreak of Listeriosis in not only the country but also within the Province.

It was envisaged that this capacity building process will empower Provinces and Municipalities to continue inspecting and sampling local processing facilities in the efforts to curb and control the outbreak of Listeriosis in the country as well as the prevention of future outbreaks.

On one of the training days a team of Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP’s) conducted a site visit at Upington Butchery which was identified as a local raw meat processing plant.

During the visit a total number of 15 swabs were taken by EHP’s to sample for Listeria monocytogenes. The samples were sent to an independent Laboratory for analysis. Environmental Health is proud to announce that no traces of Listeriosis were found in the samples submitted for analysis, and again we want to extend our gratitude to Upington Butchery for availing its facility to be sampled.

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The Environmental Health Unit of ZF Mgcawu District Municipality was thanked and applaud the by the National Department of Health for hosting a well-organized and fruitful training.

In recent news, the Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the deadly outbreak of Listeriosis is ultimately something of the past. After dozens of deaths, no further incidents of Listeriosis have been reported since June.

"The conclusion is therefore that the outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa is over," says Motsoaledi.

The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality's Environmental Health Practitioners will be constantly on guard for any and every outbreak that may arise.

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