SAVE the VAAL is hosting a public meeting to discuss pollution issues in the Vaal River. The meeting will be chaired by the Hon. Justice Lötter Wepener
Date & Time: Saturday 25 November 2017 at 11:00
124 Kaalplaats Windsor Road, Parking at 122 Kaalplaats Windsor Road
Malcolm Plant (Chairman: SAVE the VAAL)
Mariette Liefferink – CEO: Federation for a Sustainable Environment
Prof Johann Tempelhoff – Professor – North West `University Water historian working in trans-disciplinary contexts
Jeremy Ridl – Environmental Law Specialist
RSVP if you are attending
Text or phone Megan
082-9072244 or 082-5705058
Ward 5 Committee’s purpose is to positively foster two-way communication between Emfuleni Local Municipality and the Ward Residents, by keeping them informed of everything that might impact positively or negatively on Ward 5 and protect Ward 5’s interests when necessary.
Our responsibility to you
- To create a formal unbiased communication channels and co-operative partnerships between the Municipality and the community within the Municipality.
- To create harmonious relationship among the community, Ward Councillor and the Municipality through the use and co-ordination of ward residents meetings and other communication forums.
- To facilitate public participation in the process of development, review, implementation and management of the Integrated Development Planning of the Municipality.
- To serve as an officially recognized and specialized participatory structure in the Municipality.
- To make sure that the Community participates fully in the decisions that affect them at the local level.
- To ensure that contact between the Municipality and the Community is open and free-flowing and of a constructive nature.
- To assist the Community in accessing information that shows them where their Council taxes are being spent, so they can see value and benefit in the payment of taxes and services.
- To receive and record complaints from the community within the ward and to provide feedback to the community on Council’s response.
- To execute other functions as delegated by the Municipality.
- Ward Committee Members shall participate in the stakeholder cluster forums.
Ward 5 Committee Members
INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT & ASSETS
Christo van Wyk
AGRICULTURE, LED, DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING, TOURISM
SPORT, RECREATION, ARTS & CULTURE, INFORMATION SERVICES
Willem vd Westhuizen
Doep de Preez
GENDER, YOUTH & DISABILITY
FINANCE & REVENUE
HEALTH & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT & PLANNING
Map of Ward 5, Emfuleni Local Municipality
Municipal Ward Committees: What you need to know
With most councils having been constituted following the 2016 Local Government Elections, the focus now shifts to another important aspect of the local government system in South Africa -- the formation of ward committees.
According to legislation, the first meeting of the newly elected council must take place within 14 days after the election results are gazetted.
Why are ward committees important?
Ward committees are crucial in the local government system as they are the link between the councillor and the community.
The ward committee system is also said to play a critical role in giving meaning to the notion of “the people shall govern”. This is so because local government is regarded as the level of government closest to the people and ward committees are just one way to ensure that citizens give input to the decisions that local councils make.
The South African Local Government Association, which is the sole representative of all municipalities, says ward committees are also important in fostering relations between ward councillors and key stakeholders at ward level, such as traditional councils and community development workers.
Terms of office for ward committees
The terms of office of ward committees are aligned to that of municipal councils and the municipality must, as soon as possible after the results of the elections have been declared, arrange ward meetings in order for the interest groups in the ward to be identified and subsequently for the ward committees to be elected, according to the system applicable in each respective municipality.
Election of ward committees
Salga has developed a Code of Conduct for ward committee members, which are available at all municipalities. However, municipal councils must make the rules regarding the election of ward committee members, including how often meetings take place and the dissolution of ward committees.
The Speaker shall call a meeting in the ward for the election of a ward committee.
Nominations shall be open for 10 but not more than 15 nominees.
Closure of nominations may be proposed when there are 10 nominations and, if carried, there shall be no voting if nominations exceed 10, then voting shall take place. The ward councillor and Community Participation and Action Support Unit must ensure that meetings are a fair representation of all recognised sectors identified by the municipality and a quorum of at least 100 qualifying community members are present to vote. An attendance register must also completed.
What are the functions of ward committees?
According to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, a ward committee may make recommendations on any matter affecting its ward to the ward councillor, or through the ward councillor to the municipal council, the executive committee or support committee.
The ward committee will be regarded as the statutory structure recognised by the municipal council as its consultative body and communication channel on matters affecting the ward, including, but not limited to:
- representing the community on the compilation and implementation of the Integrated Development Plan;
- ensuring constructive and harmonious interaction between the municipality and the community;
- attending to all matters that affect and benefit the community;
- acting in the best interest of the community, and
- ensuring active participation of the community in the municipality’s budgetary process.
More facts on ward committees
- Ward committees are made up of representatives of a particular ward.
- They are made up of members who represent various interests within the ward.
- Ward committees are chaired by the ward councillor.
- They are meant to be an institutionalised channel of communication and interaction between communities and municipalities.
- Wards give community members the opportunity to express their needs, their opinions on issues that affect their lives and to have them heard at the municipal level via the ward councillor.
- Wards are advisory bodies created within the sphere of civil society to assist the ward councillor in carrying out his or her mandate in the most democratic manner possible. - SAnews.gov.za