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Gaga said ed­u­ca­tion was the cor­ner­stone of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in Makana. “We have youth un­em­ploy­ment of over 35 per­cent, which is why I have in­vited youth here, es­pe­cially those at Rhodes SRC out­go­ing and in­com­ing, be­cause I want us to es­tab­lish a ju­nior mayor in Makana. The com­mit­tee is there al­ready,” she said.

Gaga said dur­ing the Cen­sus five is­sues were raised by the Makana com­mu­nity which were: lack of safe and reli­able wa­ter, lack of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, houses, roads, vi­o­lence and crime. “We must never for­get that Makana is semi ru­ral, so over and above what we are do­ing we must fo­cus on agri­cul­ture,” she said

Gaga said she hopes that the newly ap­pointed Makana lo­cal war room com­mit­tee will be sus­tained be­cause it is their re­spon­si­bil­ity as Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. “Ser­vice de­liv­ery is the key, and we need to close these gaps be­tween us politi­cians, com­mu­ni­ties and sec­tor de­part­ments,” she said.

She also took the op­por­tu­nity to wish ev­ery­one a Merry Christ­mas and a happy new year. The mayor also ac­knowl­edged Lieu­tenant- Colonel Vusi David Maseko from the South African De­fence Force.

The pro­gramme was chaired by Coun­cil Speaker Yan­diswa Vara. The lo­cal war room com­mit­tee that was estab­lished yes­ter­day is made up of Gaga as chair­per­son, Planga rep­re­sent­ing the of­fice of the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager as sec­re­tary, Mo­bisam, Com­mu­nity based or­gan­i­sa­tion, Depart­ment of Child Wel­fare, Min­is­ter’s Fra­ter­nal, Makana Women’s Fo­rum, Wa­ter Research and Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment De­part­ments from Rhodes Univer­sity, Ma­sivuke, As­so­ci­a­tion for the Dis­abled (DBSA), Black Sash, McKaiser Old Age Home, Busi­ness Cham­ber, Co­op­er­a­tives, Pri­vate Eye Watch, PSAM, Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion, Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum, Tra­di­tional heal­ers, Gra­ham­stown Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, Me­dia, and the Mus­lim Com­mu­nity. Gover­ment Sec­tor De­part­ments also formed part of the com­mit­tee. They were: Health Depart­ment; SASSA; So­cial De­vel­op­ment; Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment; Depart­ment of Sport, Recre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture; South African De­fence Force; South African Po­lice Ser­vice; Home Af­fairs; Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment; Land Re­form; Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Depart­ment.

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