ZFM Holds Council Meeting Prior to National Lockdown

During a Council meeting held on the 26th March 2020, the Council of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality adopted its Draft Budget 2020/23, Draft Integrated Development Plan 2020/21 and Oversight Report 2018/2019. The Draft Budget was tabled by the Executive Mayor, Cllr Paulus Mgcera and the greater part of his speech emphasised the clarion call of the President. “South Africans have had to make difficult choices and sacrifices but all have been determined that these sacrifices are absolutely necessary. Therefore this budget speech is given in light of the national crisis that we face as a country but with the hope that by working together we can overcome even the toughest of challenges,” he said.

Quoting Luke chapter 12:48 which says: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from him who has been entrusted with much, even more will be demanded”- Illustrating that local government being the sphere of government closest to the people will be entrusted with the biggest responsibility and even more will be demanded.

The Executive Mayor concluded his speech with the resounding words of President Cyril Ramaphosa: “In the days, weeks and months ahead our resolve, our resourcefulness and our unity as a nation will be tested as never before. I call on all of us, one and all, to play our part. To be courageous, to be patient, and above all, to show compassion”

In accordance with Sec 21 of Act 32/2000 read with Sec 25 of the said Act, Sec 16 (1) and 16 (2) of Act 56/2003 and Sec 129 (3) of Act 56/2003 that at a Council meeting held on 26 March 2020, the Council of ZF Mgcawu District Municipality approved the following:

Community members are encouraged to access the documents on our municipal website at: www.zfm-dm.co.za.

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South Africa Hit by Covid-19

On the 15th March 2020 the President of South Africa declared a State of National Disaster after the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. With this announcement many restrictions were imposed on South Africans. Given the scale and the speed at which the virus is spreading, it was evident that the no country is immune from the disease or will be spared from the severity of its impact. The South African President and his Executive had decided to take urgent and drastic measures to manage the disease, protect the people of our country and reduce the impact of the virus on our society and on our economy. As a result of this announcement, Regulations in terms of Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 were issued with the aim at mitigating the severity of its impact.

The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality held a Personnel meeting on the 16th March 2020 to discuss what this declaration means for our staff and the ZFM District as a whole. Subsequent to that meeting a Rapid Response Team was established which consisted of the following key internal role-players:

Senior Management (MM & Directors); Communications Manager (Coordinator); Environmental Health Services; Disaster Management; Occupational Health and Safety and Risk Management


EHP Awareness Campaigns

The Environment Health Unit at the ZF Mgcawu District embarked on an awareness campaign to inform citizens on COVID-19. The awareness campaign formed part of the “National Hand Hygiene Behaviour Change Strategy 2016 – 2020” The key areas targeted specifically for Covid-19 awareness included providing leaflets at the taxi rank, Kalahari Mall, Kgalagadi Centre, large retail stores, banks, post offices, libraries and other gathering places. The awareness campaign kicked off at the Upington CBD Taxi Rank where taxi owners, drivers and passengers were educated on COVID-19. They also received an opportunity to ask the Environmental Health Practitioners questions and received pamphlets and posters.

Awareness within the Municipality

Our personnel are an important part of distributing the message of Covid-19 and it was imperative to raise awareness within our offices. EHP and Communications made posters available in central parts of the buildings and also translated the material to Afrikaans for those staff members who understand only Afrikaans.

1. EHP Taxi Awareness Website

2. ZFM Internal Posters

Political Intergovernmental Relations Forum with Mayors & Municipal Managers

Following the call of the Premier that all Districts must establish Joint District Operations Centres. An urgent stakeholder engagement meeting was called by the ZFM Executive Mayor, Cllr Paulus Mgcera to discuss plans for Covid-19 in their respective Municipalities. The meeting was attended by representatives of the ZFM Department of Health and ZFM Environmental Health Services. The call from the President requires us to act with decisive action to curb the spread of the coronavirus.


    Executive Mayor Elected at ZFM

    During a Special Council meeting held on the 11th March 2020, the Council of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality elected its new permanent Executive Mayor. In terms of Section 55 (2) of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, a vacancy in the office of the executive mayor must be filled when necessary and as such Council was obligated to elect an Executive Mayor as a matter of urgency. A formal nomination and voting process took place and the incumbent, Councillor Paulus Mvuleni Mgcera was elected as Executive Mayor of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality 

    Council Ex Mayor-WebsiteIn his acceptance speech, the newly elected Executive Mayor asked political parties to work together to elevate service delivery in the District. The Executive Mayor made a request to Council that all the scheduled Council meetings henceforth should rotate to all the different municipal areas in the District coupled with a Service Delivery Day afterwards in conjunction with all public and private sector stakeholders in an effort to deal with the service delivery needs of the respective communities. Councillor Mgcera brings with him a wealth of experience in Local Government and will strengthen the governance and oversight at the District Municipality. Councillor Mgcera was congratulated by the opposition parties, pledging their cooperation and support to make the ZF Mgcawu District the best District within the province and thereby working towards the realization of ‘A Modern, Growing and Successful Province. The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality wishes to congratulate the newly elected Executive Mayor Councillor Paulus Mgcera and trusts he will lead the District to higher heights.


    The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications has ordered all formal Wholesalers, Retailers and informal Traders to remove and stop selling the 400g Pilchards in Tomato Sauce and 400g Pilchards in Chili Sauce with immediate effect. This follows the outcome of the investigation which the organisation conducted that revealed a deficiency in the canning process. Some of the cans were comprised during the sauce filling step on the production line therefore could affect the safety of consumers. The problem manifests itself after months of storage which cause the content of the can to react with the metal of the can. The affected products were manufactured in 2019 by West Point Processors based in Cape Town and have been distributed nationally to various retailers across the country.

    Below are the details of the product brands affected and the NRCS wishes to implore all consumers to return the products to any shop where they were purchased for a refund:


    The products further bear the markings starting with - ZST29 and ZSC29 on top of the can for easy identification. Food safety is a priority for NRCS and therefore the organisation is engaging all role players to ensure that the affected products are removed from the market to protect consumers against unsafe products in line with its mandate. The manufacturer has already started the recall and the NRCS will continue to monitor the process with all the other wholesalers and retailers including the informal market to ensure that the process is handled efficiently. The NRCS regulates the Manufacture, Production and treatment of canned fish and fishery products as part of the Compulsory Specifications (VC8014). All canned Fish and fishery products that are manufactured in the Republic of South Africa are inspected and released by NRCS for trade according to Regulatory protocols.

    For technical queries, please speak to Meisie Katz on 0215263401 / 0844270467. For media related queries, please contact Mirriam Moswaane on 0124828826 /0833642007


    The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality’s Environmental Health Practitioners are embarking on a “Recall of canned pilchards campaign” as from 27 February 2020.

    As highlighted in the media release the canned fish have a defect of the internal can integrity being affected by or during the in-line filling process. The hazard related to this defect is chemical which means that potential internal reaction of contents with metal casing of can causing migration of metal (tin) to contents (fish). Please note that the risk to human health is low, it will however increase due to lengthy storage of the product. Please do not hesitate to contact Environmental Health Services at the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality on 054 337 2800/ 054 337 2890 for any enquiries

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