Official handover and opening of the Solid Waste Depot
The municipality’s Department of Community Safety officially opened the Solid Waste Management new depot on 26 October 2018. The event was honoured by the Executive Mayor Cllr Maphefo Mogale Letsie, her entourage, executive directors, managers and the Solid Waste Management staff members.
The depot will be in operation seven days a week and will be of assistance in the section in ensuring that the challenges experienced by the section before, will be the things of the past. In her address, Cllr Mogale Letsie applauded the contractors who were responsible for the depot’s infrastructure and concluded by saying that “Indeed, the municipality is taking good care of the community.
Community Safety Forum Award Ceremony
Merafong City’s Members of the Community Policing Forum (CPF) were honoured on the 26 October 2018 at the awards ceremony that was held at the Carletonville Sports Complex. The main purpose of the awards was to thank and acknowledge all the volunteers who have contributed to crime fighting in the Merafong City area of jurisdiction. Community members came in numbers to witness the ceremony. The municipality’s public safety acting manager, Phillip Olivier briefed everyone that was attending on the importance of public safety in the community. Olivier said that safety is the number one thing that must be considered in each area for people to live in peace. He further said that safety and security in the community must be implemented at all costs to eliminate crimes that can degrade an area.
Public Safety and Security, Roads and Transport Cllr Nelson Matshe emphasised the fact that people who ensure that the environment is always safe at all times are the true champions in Merafong City. According to Cllr Matshe, these people should be really rewarded for the hard work they do as this is not an easy job but it takes true courage to fight crime in the area. He told the CPF members that they really deserved the awards. “To show how dedicated the members are is that they use their own resources to ensure the safety of the community ,they also assist in a wide variety of prevention programmes ,the members work well together as a team and their administration is very professional.” Concluded Cllr Matshe. The Fochville Community Policing Forum (CPF) was the overall winner at the awards, The Khutsong CPF also won an award for making the area in which they operate safer and these volunteers work without payment for the work they do. Another award went to the Carletonville Patrollers, Khutsong Youth Desk and the Victim Empowerment Centre. The event was a success and everybody was happy with what they got rewarded with. A vote of thanks was done by Superintendent Gwen Mthembu of Public Safety. Members were awarded certificates and trophies.
Youth empowerment programme in Wedela
On the 17th of October 2018 the Merafong City Local Municipality Youth Office in partnership the West Rand District Municipality and stakeholders such as Tshepo 1million, I-College, Second Chance Foundation and National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) gathered at the Xhobane show grounds in Wedela with a purpose of giving out information and opportunities in empowering and bettering the lives of the youth of Wedela. Before the programme kick-started, young people from Wedela participated in a fun walk for an exercise, which started at the Wedela Clinic to the Showground. The Municipality’s Youth Coordinator, Andrew Mbaliso welcomed and thanked everyone for their presence and urged young people to make use of the opportunity given to them. The Tshepo 1 Million is an initiative to empower young people by providing skills and training, job placement and entrepreneurship development, the youth is encouraged to visit and like the Tshepo 1 million page on facebook and get tips on writing a Curriculum Vitae (CV), interview skills, opportunities within the organisation and more. Second Chance Foundation offers programmes including entrepreneurship and work readiness for a period of one month. The programmes are paid for by government institutions.
The other stakeholder that was present was I-College. It’s an institution that specialises in Business and IT courses free of charge. A representative from NYDA Lydia Tshwanyane mentioned that the programmes that they have at their institution helps people from 18-35 years of age to start their own businesses and offers internships and learnerships to prepare them for the corporate world. She encouraged the youth not to miss such opportunities. A 25 year old Nomthandazo Nhlapo from Wedela said she thanks the Municipality’s youth desk to bring such platforms because some of the institutions are far from where they live and it is very costly for them to visit them. She mentioned that the programme was very beneficial to them because most of the people managed to apply to study for 2019.
ICareWeCare Community Dialogue
On the 13th of September 2018, the Municipality partnered with the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) and the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure to conduct the iCareWeCare Community Dialogue, whereby the officials from the MRM and the community members were discussing circumstances that have an impact on behavioural issues. The programme was held at Khutsong Stadium. In his speech the Municipality’s Speaker Cllr Elvis Mphithikezi advised everyone that was attending to be free to interact in the campaign. The campaign presentation was done by the MRM Office Manager Neo Chaka, he mentioned that the objective of the event is to assist in the development of a caring society through the revival of the spirit of Ubuntu and the actualisation and realization of the values and ideals cherished in the constitution. “As a nation we have a set of values that brings us all together when put into practise”. Chaka urged the community to change the way they live as they need to correct each other, defend their families and the country and also practise the positive values. The event was graced by one of the dignitaries, who is the former Minister of Education, former Executive Mayor of Tshwane and now a reverend and the Chairperson of MRM, Father Smangaliso Mkhwatshwa. He started by giving a brief information on how the movement started, and mentioned that one of the main purpose of the dialogue to visit Merafong was because they felt that the people of South Africa especially the youth are not part of available opportunities, like owning their businesses, taking high positions in the corporate environment due to their morals and values. Mkhwatshwa pleaded with the community to change their mind-sets and behavioural patterns. He concluded by telling the community that respect goes a long way, and we also need to care for public properties.
The community was later given a platform to ask anything that was discussed on the programme and a number of youth participated. Furthermore, Chaka explained legal ways on how to embark on a legal and peaceful protests without destroying and burning of government’s properties. The community of Merafong signed a pledge book where they promise to take care and protect public facilities. The ward councillor Cllr Prince Nkutha closed the event by thanking everyone for the successful event and the Municipality for providing such a platform for the community. ‘’Merafong is very fortunate today to receive such an informative and educative lecture, said Nkuna
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