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Annual Report 2017/18

Overview

I present this report in my maiden year as the Mayor of Gamagara Local Municipality and further introducing the new Municipal Manager, who joined us in the last quarter of the financial year, Mr. Kgomodikae Leserwane. This could just raise highlights of the impact of the transition period. It is worth me to admit and acknowledge that the 2018/2019 was a very challenging year for us at Gamagara Local Municipality, resilience and commitment saw us through.

The year under review was a very tough year as the mining economy was booming again, which led to high influx of people into the municipality. The influx led to growing informal settlements and increase in demand for services. We then observed sporadic mushrooming of Forums like Business Forums and Unemployment Forums. These affected the Solar Plants and mines mostly, they however distabilised implementation of our infrastructure development.

Our financial situation did not spare us any favour as it made it difficult for us to achieve what we anticipated to achieve. Not only negative things happened, we also experienced positive attributions. We had a stable interface between Political and administration which provided seamless improvement of good governance and efficient service delivery. Like I mentioned before that even though we had marches, none of the marches were service delivery related rather were politically motivated. This was evidenced by the emergence of Forums.

The Gamagara Council has always been committed to its core business values and principles to deliver better services to all its residents as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and further affirmed by the Municipal Systems Act and Municipal Finance Management Act.

This is evidenced by the municipal response to the unexpected growth of the municipality by starting and completing the following projects, eg. Construction of 40 MVA substation, Kathu West, Phase 3 of the sewerage network in Dibeng, Upgrading of the oxidation ponds, Dibeng 309 houses electrify at Riemvasmaak section, Upgrading of traffic department, Kathu Upgrading of Frikie Meyer road and construction of speed bumps, kathu, construction of four-way section opposite traffic Department, Provision of water to 1200 houses, and electrification and sewer network connections to 398 stands at Olifantshoek.

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Councillor OE Hantise