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MEDIA STATEMENT
Written by Buli Mgojo   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:37

 

TRANSITIONAL PLAN FOR MALETSWAI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY GOING INTO WALTER SISULU MUNICIPALITY

27 JULY 2016

 

For Immediate Release:

With this report, Maletswai Local Municipality seeks to provide clarity on the Transitional Phase of the amalgamation of Maletswai and Gariep Municipalities into Walter Sisulu Local Municipality as the impending Local Government Elections draw close scheduled for 03 August 2016.

The following section breaks down the key areas of focus and what the public should anticipate during this transitional phase of the municipality.

 

1.   DATES FOR THE DE-ESTABLISMHMENT OF MALETSWAI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF WALTER SISULU LOCAL MUNICIPALITY

The day the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declares the Local Government Elections results will be the day Maletswai Local Municipality is de-established and Walter Sisulu Local Municipality established. This should take effect within 48 hours following the day of the Local Government Elections.

 

2.   INTERGRATED DEVELOPMENT PLAN

As per the Transitional Measures provided by the MEC for Local Government, MEC Fikile Xasa, in the Provincial Gazette (Provincial Notice 74 of 2016), both entities (Maletswai & Gariep Municipalities) have  adopted their individual IDPs for the 2016/17 financial year for their respective areas of jurisdiction. It is during the first seating of the new council wherein the consolidated version of these two respective IDPs will be adopted as the official IDP for Walter Sisulu Local Municipality.

 

3.   BUDGET

Both Maletswai Local Municipality and Gariep Local Municipality have adopted their respective budgets for the 2016/17 financial year for their respective areas of jurisdiction. It is during the first seating of the new council wherein the consolidated version of these two respective budgets will be adopted as the official 2016/17 Annual Budget for Walter Sisulu Local Municipality

 

NB: The tariff increases that were advertised in the Aliwal Weekly newspaper, the municipal website and municipal noticeboards mid-June will remain applicable upon the establishment of Walter Sisulu Local Municipality up until the end of the 2016/17 financial year in June 2017. The advertised tariffs have attempted to harmonise the tariffs of both Maletswai and Gariep Municipalities.

 

4.   ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 

For the 2016/17 financial year, Maletswai Local Municipality and Gariep Local Municipality will be audited as Walter Sisulu Local Municipality. However, for the 2015/16 financial year these municipalities will be audited independently. This means that the Audit Outcomes due out at the end of this calendar year will be for Maletswai Local Municipality and Gariep Local Municipality respectively, even though Walter Sisulu Local Municipality will already be in place by this time and these respective municipalities no longer in existence.

 

5.   ACCESS TO SERVICES DURING TRANSITIONAL PHASE

a)   Electricity:

Access to Conventional Electricity will continue uninterrupted and will not be hindered by the amalgamation process.

However, Pre-Paid Electricity will be affected during this Transitional Phase in the following manner:

Our Financial Management Systems and Operational imperatives are expected to function with minimal glitches on the first day of business.

Due to conversions, migrations and compatibility testing of the consolidated financial management systems, the normal operations will cease to be available until the exercise is completed. As a consequence of this, there will be NO PRE-PAID ELECTRICITY PURCHASES FROM 01 - 08 AUGUST 2016 in the whole of Maletswai. All consumers are therefore urged to purchase electricity that will be adequate for the duration of the shutdown.  Seeing as the 9th is a public holiday, pre-paid electricity will be available again from the 10th of August upon the lifting of the shut-down.

 

All basic service operations will continue un-interrupted, however, the financial operations will not be available during this period.

b)   Payment of Municipal Accounts:

The municipal pay points will remain the same ones in use currently. However, residents must take note that between 01-08 August only manual receipts will be issued due to the shut-down of our financial management systems pending the migration.

c)   Payment of Water Accounts:

Residents must continue to pay their Water & Sanitation accounts at the Joe Gqabi office.

d)   Official telephone lines & emails:

Our official telephone numbers and emails will remain in use until further notice. 

e)   Issuing of Proof of Residence letters: 

The issuing of Proof of Residence letters for Maletswai Local Municipality will continue until Friday the 5th of August 2016. On Monday the 8th of August 2016 there will be NO ISSUING OF PROOF OF RESIDENCE LETTERS.

The issuing of Proof of Residence Letters will resume on Wednesday the 10th of August 2016, and these will be on the letterhead of Walter Sisulu Local Municipality, signed by the new ward councillors.

 

6.   ACCESS TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR 

a)   Appointments with the Mayor:

The current Mayor will be accessible until the 5th of August 2016; thereafter there will be no Mayor until the first seating of the Walter Sisulu Council, which should take place within 14 days of the declaration of the elections results by the IEC.

b)   Correspondence to the Mayor of Walter Sisulu Local Municipality:

Correspondence to the new Mayor can be submitted to the Interim Municipal Manager pending the appointment of the new Mayor by the first seating of the Walter Sisulu Council.

 

7.   MUNICIPAL BYLAWS

Maletswai Local Municipality’s current by-laws will remain in place and applicable up until the new entity – Walter Sisulu Local Municipality - has established by-laws of its own. This will be a lengthy process which will include public consultation.

 

8.   EMERGENCY SERVICES

The current Emergency Numbers will remain in use until further notice.

 

9.   STAFF MEMBERS

All current staff members will form part of the staff complement of the new entity.

 

10.    HEAD OFFICE

Seeing that the head office of Walter Sisulu Local Municipality will be based in Burgersdorp, the new council and its management will ensure that this does not affect the public’s access to services. All municipal offices - Jamestown (James Calata), Aliwal North (Maletswai), Steynsburg and Venterstad - will have Unit Managers who will ensure that access to services continues without hindrances.

 

11.    RENAMING OF ALIWAL NORTH & JAMESTOWN

We would also like to take advantage of this platform to remind residents of the name changes of Aliwal North and Jamestown, which came into effect in September 2015, subsequent to a public consultation process. The former is now James Calata and the latter, Maletswai. We trust that the public will make an effort to familiarise themselves with these changes going forward and embrace these new names.

 

END

 

Inquiries: (051) 634 2441

 

                  

 

 

 
NOTICE ON PURCHASE OF PRE-PAID ELECTRICITY FROM 01-08 AUGUST 2016
Written by Buli Mgojo   
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 11:55

 

Dear Consumers

This is a friendly reminder that Maletswai and Gariep Local Municipalities will be amalgamated into one municipality immediately after August 03, 2016 elections to operate as Walter Sisulu Local Municipality. Financial Management Systems and Operational imperatives are expected to function with minimal glitches on the first day of business.

Due to conversions, migrations and compatibility testing of the consolidated financial management systems, the normal operations will cease to be available until the exercise is completed. Management would like to inform and warn all consumers that there will be no pre-paid electricity purchases from 01 - 08 August 2016 and would like to urge all consumers to purchase electricity that will be adequate for the duration of the shutdown. 

All basic service operations will continue uninterrupted, however, financial operations will not be available during this period.

Management sincerely regrets any inconvenience that will be caused and hope all consumers will heed the call and all contingencies will be in place to avert the challenges.

 

Yours faithfully

MP Nonjola

Municipal Manager

 

 

 

 
1st Special Council Meeting for 2016/17
Written by Buli Mgojo   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 12:30

Notice is hereby given for the First Special Council Meeting for the 2016/17 financial year, which will take place as follows:

DATE: Friday 29 July 2016

TIME: 11H00

VENUE: MUNICIPAL COUNCIL CHAMBERS, ALIWAL NORTH, TOWN HALL

 
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