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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.