Gender based violence

POSSIBLE QUESTIONS: GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

1. Gender based violence is a problem that hasn’t started today or yesterday. In the wake of the current killings of Women and children more especially, what are the government programmes of action to fight against this social ill problem that the country is facing?

2. Last year, government adopted 16 Days of Activism campaign into a 365 Days National Dialogues, what progress has been made in addressing the issue through dialogues?

3. There is a public concern or perception that government’s law enforcement agencies are not doing much to intervene and curb this social ill. Since the outbreak, how many people have been arrested?

4. Majority of women have expressed their concerns with regard to safety. What measures are in place to ensure that all people are and feel safe in their communities?

5. Some of the killings, kidnappings and child trafficking is done by foreigners who are in this country illegally. What plans are in place to address the issue of child trafficking especially at the boarders?

6. It was reported last week that South African Police Service has establish a task team to deal with this problem. How far is the progress of the work that was done since the establishment of the task team?

7. Statistics South Africa released a report that that suggest that 1 in 5 women in South Africa is a victim of gender based violence, after the release of the report was there any government plan?

8. President Jacob Zuma addressed the issue last week also suggesting the harsh sentence on the perpetrators of this kind of violence. Are we likely to see the amendment of the constitution to give law enforcement more power to give harsh sentence to the perpetrators of this violence?

9. Looking at President Jacob Zuma comment on the matter, does it suggest that government think our laws to deal with such crimes are too lenient to the perpetrators?

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Newcastle Municipality Celebrates Nelson Mandela 67 minutes

As part of Nelson Mandela 67 minutes, Newcastle Municipality went out to do their bit to celebrate this international day of doing good and giving back to the community. During the IDP/Budget roadshows the Mayor of Newcastle, Honorable Cllr E.M Nkosi, identified three (3) houses to be renovated. The first beneficiary identified was in Ward 29 in section 6: Bhekinkosi Mazibuko who lives alone after his father passed away a few years ago, is a young man who sleeps outside a semi built house. The municipality will assist in the completion of the construction of the house.

The second beneficiary was Andries Khanyi of Ward 27. Mr Khanyi is a pensioner who residents with his wife and three grandchildren. The department of Corporate and Technical services visited the house to conduct a clean up an deliver groceries.

The third house identified belongs to Ntombikayise khumalo of Ward 19. The RDP house was destroyed by a storm in 2012 due to poor infrastructure the municipality has started with reconstructing the house and replacing the doors a new roof the department of community services, Development planning and human settlement and BTO visited this family.

The day ended off at Cathulani Primary School. The event was hosted by the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Dudu Sibiya with the handing over of 300 food parcels, 300 parcels to 600 households and blankets to the elderly people.

Seen in the picture is the third beneficiary Ms Ntombikayise Khumalo with the Mayor E. M Nkosi with Speaker Cllr J.N Mkhwanazi, SED Thuli Thusi, ward councillors Mrs South Africa finalist Zandi Zwane

Seen is the picture is Sbonelo Mazibuko, member of the Chinese Consolate, Speaker Cllr J.N Mkhwanazi, Mayor Nkosi, ward 19 Cllr, deputy Mayor Sibiya and member of the community.

Mayor Nkosi delivering a key note address at food parcel and blanket handover in Cathulani Primary School

An elderly lady celebrates the gifts from the Municipality and Chinese industry.

The Speaker with Ms Africa cleaning a yard during the Mandela day activities.

The Mrs Africa and Mrs South Africa were very active today during the Mandela day activities, both ladies are from Newcastle.

The food parcels delivered to the elderly.

Relocation of Water Customer Relations Unit and Call Centre

Kindly be informed that the Customer Relations unit including the Call Centre has relocated to the 6th floor. However the 24 hour call centre number remains the same : 0860 144 144.
Water and sanitation “walk in customers” can be directed to the 6th Floor as to be assisted by an ISD officers.

Nelson Mandela International Day

Every year on 18 July South Africans together with the global community honour our late former president and international icon Nelson Mandela in the celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day.

The day was officially adopted by the United Nations in November 2009 as an annual international day. The UN noted that marking the day recognises Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.

The overarching objective of Nelson Mandela International Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good.

The idea is to do something that will benefit those around us on Nelson Mandela International Day as it was inspired by Mandela himself. He said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.”

The Nelson Mandela International Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates pledge 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, and every day thereafter, to give back. It offers South Africans and the world an occasion to honour the ethos of the late former President Mandela.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation declared that this year the campaign would focus on fighting poverty under the theme: #ActionAgianstPoverty. Poverty impacts the entire country and is the root cause of malnutrition, poor education, disease, skills deficit, unemployment, loss of dignity and even anger and violence.

In the fight against poverty Madiba said: “We need to restore and reaffirm the dignity of the people of Africa and the developing world. We need to place the eradication of poverty at the top of world priorities. We need to know with a fresh conviction that we all share a common humanity and that our diversity in the world is the strength for our future together.”

Government encourages South Africans to join in marking the day by using their time to support a chosen charity or serve in their local community.

Child Protection Week Campaign

28 May to 4 June 2017 marks the 20th year of commemorations of the Child Protection Week Campaign.

The campaign calls for government to reflect on the strides made in fulfilling the provisions of the Children’s Act and the relevant policies. It also call for All South Africans to Play their Part as individuals and collectives, in building a protective environment for a child to thrive.

The week will be launched on 28 May 2017 in Langa, Cape Town, Western Cape and closed on 4 June 2017 in Lusikisiki, OR Tambo District in Eastern Cape under the theme:
Let us all protect children to move south Africa forward”

Government departments are requested to participate in the national Child Protection Week campaign to:
§ Profile varied programmes and services they provide towards the protection children’s rights and their wellbeing.
§ Contribute in the collective effort to mobilise the society against the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children.
§ Educate, share information and activate the staff to champion child rights and protection in their respective communities- in their diverse roles.
§ Participate in the social media platform’s created to engage in the national dialogues on issues pertaining to children rights and protection.

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PUBLIC HEARING : NOTICE NO. CS 25/2017

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PUBLIC HEARING
Notice is hereby given in terms of section 22 of the Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003, and Chapter 4 of the Municipal Systems Act of 32 of 2000, that His Worship the Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr. E. M. Nkosi, invites all community members and stakeholders to a public hearing.

The members of the general public are invited to attend the public hearing whereby His Worship the Mayor will be responding to the comments made by the public during the budget roadshow sessions. The public hearing will be held as follows:

The meeting details are as follows:
• Date : 31 May 2017
• Venue : Council Chambers, Show Hall
• Time : 12H00

B.E. MSWANE
MUNICIPAL MANAGER

For Women’s Sake Campaign

#ForWomen’sSake

“Men were not given power to abuse women, but instead to love,care for,and protect women. Let us stand and unite in defense of our women. We must also help to free the men engulfed by the evil spirit to abuse women.” Cllr Makhosini Nkosi : Mayor Newcastle Municipality

Currently, the country is mourning the gruesome murder of women. This calls for all South Africans to work together. In addition, it is critical that women know their value and are not ashamed of their uniqueness. Most importantly is that men are not excluded when women are empowered. As the municipality we have a role to be responsive to societal needs. One of the initiatives to portray our support against women abuse is wear as follows:

Date
26 May 2017 (Friday)

Wear
Women*** black lipstick
Men *** black shirt/ jacket

2017/18 IDP & Budget Roadshows

Under his leadership, Mayor Cllr Makhosini Nkosi together with his political and administrative team embarked on a series of public consultative meetings under the Annual Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Budget Roadshow Program, which commenced from the 26th of April to the 11th of May 2017.

Under the theme, Navigate through the Storm and Seas, the purpose of the roadshows was to present the 2017/18 draft budget and to inform the public about the municipality’s achievements and projects that have been implemented in the previous financial years.

The consultative process is mandated by the Local Government Systems Act no 32 of 2000 and this Act calls for municipalities to encourage and create conditions for the local community to participate in the affairs of the municipality. The roadshows therefore serve as the forum of engaging and listening to the views of the communities and business sectors in Newcastle.

“It is no secret that the municipality’s financial state is not all that good but we have put together plans and strategies to help eradicate the situation, this is in line with the municipality’s initiative in encouraging public participation in the municipality’s budget allocations and to promote transparency as well as encourage the culture of saving”, said Nkosi.

Mayor urged young people to choose careers that would enable them to find employment and benefit from the infrastructure development. “It was for this reason that the Mayoral Bursary Scheme was introduced. The municipality is in dire need of engineers and people to work in the finance department, so we need young people to study these scarce skill courses so they can assist the municipality”, he alluded.

“It is imperative that we provide people with dignified basic services through infrastructure, water & sanitation and electricity. There are areas in the Eastern part of Newcastle that have been identified for infrastructure development which will assist in the socio-economic growth”, concluded the Mayor.

All the roadshows were well attended by the community in different wards but the challenge still remains that a lot still needs to be done to alleviate lives of the Newcastle residents.

Proposed IDP/Budget/PMS 2017/18 Public Consultation Meetings – NOTICE CS16 / 2017

NEWCASTLE MUNICIPALITY PROPOSED IDP/BUDGET/PMS 2017/18 PUBLIC CONSULTATION MEETINGS

NOTICE CS16 / 2017
Proposed IDP/Budget/PMS 2017/18 Public Consultation Meetings

Notice is hereby given in terms of Section 22 of the Municipal Finance Management Act (Act No.56 of 2003) and Chapter 4 of the Municipal Systems Act (Act No. 32 of 2000) that his Worship, the Mayor CLLR E. M Nkosi, invites all community members and stakeholders to the following Budget Roadshows:

No STAKEHOLDER VENUE DATE DAY TIME
1 Ward Committees, IDP Rep  Forum, IGR Technical Task Team, Traditional Healers, Youth Structures, Women & Men’s Forum, Interfaith, Minister’s Association, NGOs & FBOs Richview hall 26 April 2017 Wednesday 10H00
2 Ward 20, 22 & 23 Mbalenhle Higher Primary School Ground 02 May 2017 Tuesday 09H00
3 All Chambers, Organised Business, Farmers Association & & Traditional Leadership EXCO ROOM 02 May 2017 Tuesday 17H00
4 Ward 14, Part of 28 & 31 Dedangifunde School Field 03 May 2017 Wednesday 09h00
5 Ward 2, 3, 4, 5 & 25 Fairleigh Hall 03 May 2017 Wednesday 14h00
6 Ward 1 Charlestown 04 May 2017 Thursday 14h00
7 Part of ward 7, Part of 30, 6 & 33 DicksHalt Community Hall 05 May 2017 Friday 2017 10H00
8 Ward 21 Vezubuhle Sports Ground 05 May 2017 Friday 15H00
9 Ward 12, 15, 16 & 18 Mzamo Sports Ground 06 May 2017 Saturday 11H00
10 Wards 11,13,17, Part of 30 and Part of 32 Osizweni Stadium 08May 2017 Monday 09H00
11 Part of 7, 8, 9, 10, and Part of 32 Osizweni Cricket Oval 08 May 2017 Monday 14H00
12 Ward 24, 26, part of 27 & 28 Madadeni Community Hall 09 May 2017 Tuesday 10H00

 

13 Ward 34 S. V Zulu School: KwaMathukuza Sports Field 09 May 2017 Tuesday 14H00
14 Wards 19,27 & 29 Cathulani Sports Ground 10  May 2017  Wednesday 10H00
15 H39 H39 Open field 11 May 2017 Thursday 10H00

 

Be Safe This Easter

SAPS will also be on a look out this Easter

The Easter holiday season is synonymous with high crash and accident rates which claims too many lives and or incurs injury to our citizens. This ultimately negatively affects the country’s economy by millions of rands.

In order to influence the mindset of road users, it is vital that law enforcers create a euphoria of Omni-presence, especially over this notorious period. It is therefore the intention of Newcastle Traffic Services to embark on a rigorous high visibility weekend in order to suppress road carnages.

On Thursday 13 April 2017, Traffic services hosted a roadblock on Allen Street at Hilldrop. Attending this roadblock was Newcastle Municipality’s Deputy Mayor Cllr D. Sibiya, Executive Strategic Director for Community Services Mr. Mandla Sithole, Manager to the Mayor Mr. Andile Masondo and Chief of Traffic Mr. A.K Anandhaw

Welcome those who were present Deputy Mayor emphasized the importance of having traffic officers on the road during this season, she said that the lives of the passengers and even the drivers depends it.
“Motorists tend to get overly excited this season and end up drinking alcohol whilst driving, we need to send all those to jail because they are putting people’s life in danger. Speed is also a lethal offence, motorists should be held accountable for not adhering to speed limits” said Sibiya

Chief of Traffic Mr. Anandhaw said that there are many factors that contribute to these unacceptable behavior from motorists I.e. High volumes of traffic over a short period- increased travels to places of worship. Easter is the first long break since December holidays, thus migrant workers return to their homes and this increases traffic volumes, KZN is still the preferred tourist destination prior to the winter period.
“Road-user behavior- drivers do not obey rules of the road. They do not ensure that they are buckled up and the latest plague is the cellphone usage whilst driving. Pedestrians are also oblivious to road safety and pose a huge hazard in the road environment.” Continued Anandhaw

The Delegation proceeded to the road where they started spreading messages of road safety to motorists by engaging with them and also handing out road safety kits.

Law enforcers ready for the Easter holiday