ZFM Hosts Nelson Mandela Centenary Lecture

The ZF Mgcawu hosted its first Nelson Mandela Centenary Lecture with the invited guest speaker being Dr Zamani Saul, ANC Provincial Chairperson in the Northern Cape.

The Executive Mayor of ZFM introduced the guest speaker to the hundreds of guests in attendance and articulated both his political and academic career over the course of the last 10 years.

Dr Saul’s speech was both riveting and inspirational, filled with anecdotes and analogies which portrayed his vast knowledge on life. The lecture focused primarily on the life and times of Nelson Mandela, having described him as a revolutionary and a fighter of the liberation struggle, Saul showed that Mandela was no ordinary leader.


Dr Saul used the parable of the biblical heroes, Moses and Joshua and took us through a 7 point plan of what defines a good leader; amongst them being:

  1. Building unity
  2. Steadfast in doing what is right
  3. Determination to correct what is wrong
  4. Radical selflessness/ sacrifice
  5. Remain a simple man/woman
  6. Being simple servants
  7. Showing respect for others


The lecture was concluded by warm tokens of appreciation to both the public that were in attendance and the guest speaker who honoured the invitation.

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ZFM Celebrates Mandela Day

The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality spent their 67 minutes on Mandela day in different ways. The Executive Mayor, Councillor Abraham Vosloo and the Speaker of the District, Councillor Moses Moalosi were at the house of Magrieta Ludick whose house burned down in a wreck accident. The District Municipality has helped to restore the house by building and painting it. The Executive Mayor, Cllr Vosloo, said in his speech that Mandela Day is a global call for action that celebrates the idea that every individual has the power to transform the world, has the ability to impact and it is why the need for the house was identified and addressed.


On the photo from left to right: Executive Mayor of ZFM, Cllr Abraham Vosloo, Ms Magrieta Ludick (Home owner); Cllr Elize Mnyaka (Ward Councillor; Mr Heinrich Bobejee, Mr Hendrik Beukes, Mr Kgololo Taaibosh (Absa NC); Mr Brian Mokete (Absa NC), Cllr Moses Moalosi (Speaker ZFM)

Absa sponsored the furniture for the house as part of their social responsibility commitment to communities. The elderly Magrieta Ludick was very pleased about her new home, "I'm very grateful that you did it for me. I can sleep in my house again tonight. Thank you very much, "she said.

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The staff of ZFM donated money, clothing and other accessories and delivered them to various points, including a school in Louisvaleweg, a home in Dakota, Dr. Harry Surtie Hospital and soup was given to street children and the elderly. The Mandela Day campaign has all made it clear that there are people who are less advantaged and that it is our duty to do something about it



Council adopts Annual Budget & IDP 2018/2019

During a Council meeting held on the 31st May 2018, Council adopted amongst others its Budget and its Integrated Development Plan for the 2018/2019 financial year.

The Executive Mayor of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, Cllr Abraham Vosloo tabled the final annual budget in accordance with section 16 (1) of the Municipal Finance Management Act which stipulates that a Municipality must for each financial year approve an annual budget for the Municipality and subsection 2 of the said Act states that the Mayor of the Municipality must table the budget at a Council meeting.

In his budget speech, the Executive Mayor said that: “As the government of the day, we remain committed to the goals as per the National Development Plan, the Constitution and the Freedom Charter as these are the goals aimed at addressing the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Therefore we cannot draft a budget that does not seek to address the issues of young people and women. Hence we have gathered here today as the Council of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality to legislatively legitimise the aspirations of our communities in the form of an IDP and Budget.”

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“The Honourable President of the Republic made it very clear in his State of the Nation Address that we have entered the year of renewal, unity and jobs. As we gather here today, we find ourselves in the midst of a major transformation in our country. A period of renewed hope as we set out to build a national democratic society. We pledge this year, the centenary of Mandela as a year of unity, renewal and jobs as part of emulating the good example of service and selfless dedication to the course of our people and recognise the centenary of his birth by declaring both as public office bearers and public servants that indeed our people come first,” he said.

The Budget and Integrated Development Plan is an expression of the aspirations of our people. On its own it cannot achieve the desired outcomes. It requires the discipline and commitment of people who are resolute in making sure that all institutional efforts are achieved.

The Council of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality approved the Budget 2018/2019 and the Integrated Development Plan 2018/2019 unanimously.

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