Vasco Da Gama urges stu­dents to par tic­i­pate in mu­nic­i­pal mat­ters

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“We mon­i­tor proac­tively and en­sure that what­ever we have promised is de­liv­ered, which is how we are able to im­prove the lives of our peo­ple. I want to also ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to stu­dents who may want to visit the City and en­gage in fur­ther dis­cus­sions about the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. Our doors are open to share knowl­edge and we are as hun­gry to learn as we are to teach,” said Speaker Da Gama.

The Speaker, who is the head of the leg­isla­tive arm of the City, was also ac­com­pa­nied by the Chair­per­sons of Sec­tion 79 Over­sight Com­mit­tees. The com­mit­tees have a sig­nif­i­cant role of watch­ing over City de­part­ments to en­sure they per­form and de­liver ser­vices to res­i­dents. The Leg­is­la­ture is re­spon­si­ble for strength­en­ing over­sight and scru­tiny on the ex­ec­u­tive in order to en­hance ac­count­abil­ity to the com­mu­nity.

“The leg­is­la­ture aims to hold the ex­ec­u­tive accountable, through means such as fo­cus­ing on the erad­i­ca­tion of cor­rup­tion, nepo­tism and abuse of power, to in­spire pub­lic con­fi­dence by striv­ing to be an ex­am­ple of good gov­er­nance, and to ef­fect demo­cratic con­trol. A coun­try can­not dream of a bet­ter and more promis­ing fu­ture for as long as cor­rup­tion is the order of the day and re­mains un­chal­lenged,” added Speaker Da Gama.

Coun­cil­lor Chris­tians, among oth­ers func­tions, plays a crit­i­cal role in guid­ing and en­sur­ing that Sec­tion 79 Com­mit­tees per­form their over­sight re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on City de­part­ments and en­ti­ties.

“One of the strate­gic func­tions my of­fice does is to over­see the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pol­icy with re­gards to the co­or­di­na­tion and man­age­ment of the work of the Sec­tion 79 Com­mit­tees,” said Cllr Chris­tians.

The Leg­is­la­ture plans to visit more Joburg-based ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

Cllr Wax told the stu­dents it was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to achieve po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus amongst dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties in Coun­cil. “We now have un­prece­dented coali­tion gov­ern­ments in the county, and the City is also gov­erned by coali­tion,” said Cllr. Wax.

Speaker Da Gama chal­lenged the stu­dents to con­tinue with the ro­bust dis­cus­sions and to hold the City accountable as part of their demo­cratic re­spon­si­bil­ity and in order to re­alise ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“Con­tin­u­ous en­gage­ments with var­i­ous sec­tors in the com­mu­nity are crit­i­cal to stay rel­e­vant and at the heart­beat of com­mu­nity is­sues,” said Speaker Da Gama.

UJ’s Head of Pol­i­tics, Dr Suzy Gra­ham, en­cour­aged her stu­dents to pre­pare to one day oc­cupy the City’s po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

Cllr Vasco da Gama

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