Oath tak­ing cer­e­mony

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@the­newage.co.za

HUNDREDS of com­mu­nity lead­ers who have been elected as ward com­mit­tee mem­bers will this morn­ing be in­ducted in an elab­o­rate oath tak­ing cer­e­mony that will also be part of an im­bizo.

The in­duc­tion will be con­ducted by Co­op­er­a­tive Gover­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Des van Rooyen along with MEC Sisi Ntombela and premier Ace Ma­gashule.

It will be held at the Dr Petrus Molemela Sta­dium in Bloemfontein from 10am.

In a state­ment, Ntombela said the cer­e­mony was about the Mu­nic­i­pal Struc­tures Act which makes is manda­tory for all lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to es­tab­lish ward com­mit­tees.

“To this ef­fect since the Au­gust 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, most mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the prov­ince have es­tab­lished their ward com­mit­tees. The ob­jec­tive of ward com­mit­tees is to en­hance par­tic­i­pa­tory democ­racy in lo­cal gov­ern­ment and to make rec­om­men­da­tions on any mat­ter af­fect­ing wards to ward coun­cil­lors or through ward coun­cil­lors to the speak­ers,” Ntombela said.

She said ward com­mit­tees were also sup­ported in de­vel­op­ing ward op­er­a­tional plans.

“The plans are to en­sure the pro­vi­sion of an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the plan­ning, im­ple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

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