Mayoral School uniform distribution

Ward 23 Cllr Nonhlanhla Ngcobo , Mayor E.M Nkosi with school Principle Ntshangase

Ward 23 Cllr Nonhlanhla Ngcobo , Mayor E.M Nkosi with school Principle Ntshangase

Today, 17 February 2017. The Mayor of Newcastle Cllr E.M Nkosi started off his day by visiting three schools in the area of Newcastle and Madadeni, with the objective of handing over school uniform to disadvantaged children.

The following schools were visited Ncandu Combined School, Phikelela Higher Primary and lastly Sekusile High School.

During the visit to the above mentioned schools Honourable Nkosi had the following sentiments to share.

As a municipality our mandate is to provide basic services, but we strongly believe that it takes a village to raise a child.

Speaking about Mayoral Bursaries the Cllr Nkosi, continued, “Previously school children were funded with R3000 towards university registration. Firstly the municipality could not monitor the programme and do follow up whether or not a child was registered into an institution of higher learning.

The second challenge was of accommodation, students where registered but could not afford accommodation as a result twelve (12) FULL bursaries in the field of Finances, Engineering were awarded.

Upon graduating the students are expected to return to the municipality in order to give back though their qualifications.

It’s important that children are confident when they come to school, this will ensure that they produce the best results possible and make Newcastle proud.“ concluded the Mayor.

Principal Philane Ntshangase of Sekusile High School had a few words to say.

We have children who have many challenges in the school and Mayor Nkosi’s presence has certainly made a difference. We also acknowledge that he cares for the community. Our school is poor with infrastructure challenges and water problems. The school will certainly not be the same with the partnership with the Municipality. We appreciate the kind gesture by the municipality.

Uniform beneficiaries of Sekusile High school with Mayor Nkosi

Uniform beneficiaries of Sekusile High school with Mayor Nkosi

Land Use Rights certificates handed over to two Labour Tenants

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti with Mayor of the Newcastle Municipality, Cllr Makhosini Nkosi

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti with Mayor of the Newcastle Municipality, Cllr Makhosini Nkosi

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti accompanied by the Mayor of the Newcastle Local Municipality, Cllr Makhosini Nkosi handed over Land Use Rights certificates to two Labour Tenants communities who applied for ownership of the Up & Down and Clontarf farms in Newcastle on Saturday.

The Land Use Rights Certificates in the form of title deeds grants the labour tenants ownerships rights in the land that they once worked as farm workers/dwellers and it enables them to grow crops and demarcate some portions of the land for grazing. The acquisition of land for labour tenants is also part of efforts to ensure security of tenure as farm dwellers often face eviction from the farms, which then leaves them homeless in many instances.

In terms of the Labour Tenants Act, Labour tenants are permitted to apply for portions of the farms on which they reside. Beside empowering labour tenants by allocating land to them, it enables them to get access to municipal services such as clean water, sanitation and electricity which have proved difficult to access on privately owned land.

The Contarf farm is situated about 15 kilometres outside Newcastle towards Utrecht and it is about 280.0924 hectares in extent. It was purchased by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and allocated to 44 beneficiaries of the Hallowheel Communal Property Association.

The Up and Down farm is situated in Normadien area about 40 kilometres from Newcastle towards Ladysmith. The size of the farm is 8701.313.600 hectares and it is currently used for cropping and livestock farming. The department allocated the farm to the Mzanywa Family Trust which is made up of 18 family members. The farm was purchased to the sum of over R1.7 million.

Both farms were purchased by the department through the Pro-active Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS) and the hand over is in line with Section 11 of the Provision of Land Assistance Act which provides for beneficiaries to receive post settlement support in order that the farms become sustainable.

Handing over the farms, Minister Nkwinti told the community that the Department will allocate a budget for farms acquired for labour tenants to ensure they receive the necessary support to remain productive. Minister also mentioned that he will appoint local mayors and ward councillors to be the champions of the farming community by helping the department in its endeavours to uplift labour tenants turned farmers.

“I will give them direct authority to monitor state acquired farms under the control of labour tenants. I want them to also align government land reform programmes with their Integrated Development Plans”, he said.

Mayor Nkosi said government is changing the lives of people particularly those who live on farms.

“We are aware of the triple challenge of poverty, hunger and unemployment in our country and people living in rural communities are most affected by this. Farm dwellers do not have adequate services like water supply and in most cases they drink the same water with cattle. We must work harder to ensure the lives of rural communities improve”.

The mayor also added that people are given land and become the laughing stock because they are unable to use land after it is allocated to them.

“As Africans we need to acknowledge that poverty and hunger will be eradicated through agriculture,” he added.

The beneficiaries said they were grateful for the support of government in acquiring the farms adding that they had been waiting a long time for the day when they will own the farm on which generations of the families had worked and lived.

Minister Gugile signing a Land Use Rights certificates

Minister Gugile signing a Land Use Rights certificates

Beneficiary Gogo Shabalala from Normandien and her family with Newcastle Mayor Makhosini Nkosi

Beneficiary Gogo Shabalala from Normandien and her family with Newcastle Mayor Makhosini Nkosi

2017 STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS (SoNA) DRAFT KEY MESSAGES

President Jacob Zuma will deliver his State of the Nation Address to Parliament on Thursday, 9 February 2017. This will be President Zuma’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to the joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament since he was re-elected in May 2014.

The State of the Nation Address will be delivered at 19:00. It will be broadcast live on a number of television and radio stations and streamed live on the Parliament’s website and at public viewing centres.

The president will provide an update on the implementation of the Programme of Action based on the National Development Plan (NDP). The 2017 SoNA will also be delivered within the context of the current strides made by government to respond to the various challenges that our country is facing

These include among others a challenging local economic environment, continued drought conditions in certain parts of the country, the #FeesMustFall student protest, continued acts of racism and state capture investigations.

The 2017 SoNA will be followed by a debate in the National Assembly and the President’s reply to the debate.

Debt Collection Awareness

Newcastle Municipal Manager Mr. B.E Mswane, together with Acting Chief Financial Officer Mr. Sisho Nkosi, Acting Strategic Executive Director; Technical Services  Mr. Lindile Zincume and Acting Strategic Executive; Corporate Services Ms. Nto Vinkhumbo held a Media briefing today, 31 January 2017, to discuss issues relating to the  importance of Debt collection.

A financial analysis was conducted and the TABLE below will list the category and total amount owed as at the 31st of December 2016.

CATEGORY TOTAL AMOUNT
1.Domestic R782 000 000
2.Business R67 409 290
3. Government R23 780 745

 

“The biggest category owed to the Municipality are individuals with R782 000 000 unsettled rates. This amount excludes the indigents, as council has made provision to take care of indigent residents.  Furthermore an indigent audit will take place which to investigate the legitimacy of indigent accounts.  Eleven thousands letters will be sent out to households that will indicate as to how much is owed by a resident”. said Mr. Mswane 

The Municipality will embark on a process of installing water restrictors in the areas where it does not supply electricity i.e. in Madadeni and Osisweni. This process will begin on Monday, 6 February 2017 businesses in Madadeni.

Residence are requested to note the following process once the water restrictors have been installed:

  • In order for a restrictor to be removed the consumer has to make the following payment:
  • The whole amount due from July 2016 until December 2016 and 50% (discretions may be applied but not lower than 20%) of the amount owing from January 2016 until June 2016.
  • It must be emphasized that the current account must be up to date at all times.
  • Only once the payment in respect of the above is received then the water restrictor will be removed.
  • Consumers must then make arrangements in respect of the amounts outstanding prior to January 2016.
  • The above payment arrangements are applicable to all business and individual consumers.

 

Residences are encouraged to use the following number regarding issues around debt collection

034 9400 040

Newcastle Municipality Ward Committee Members Inaugurated

Ward 11, Cllr NK Majozi with some of her ward committee members.

Ward 11, Cllr NK Majozi with some of her ward committee members.

Newcastle Municipality ward committee members inaugurated
Following the Ward Committee Elections that took place from the 19th of November 2016 to the 20th of January 2017, an inauguration ceremony was held for the 340 elected ward committee members at Richview Hall on the 26th of January 2017.

The election process, facilitated and conducted by the service provider; One of Five Collections, visited all 34 wards with the aim to provide sustainable municipal services to the Newcastle communities and introduce a system of a structured community participation in the activities of the municipality.

The inauguration ceremony led by the Office of the Speaker together with the Public Participation unit was chaired by Programme Director, Strategic Executive Director for Development Planning & Human Settlements; Ms Nokuthula Thusi, and comprised of two sessions. The elected ward committee members swore under oath under the leadership of Speaker; Cllr JCN Mam Mkhwanazi.

During his observations, Newcastle Mayor Cllr EM Nkosi accentuated the importance of being a ward committee. “We as the municipality inaugurate you today as leaders that have been elected by your communities, it is therefore your duty to put the communities that elected you first. Being a leader is not about being in power, it is about the responsibilities given unto you to represent and be leading examples in your wards”, said Nkosi.
I understand that all the elected ward committee members derive from different political spheres, however, being a ward committee is not a platform to contest ideas of politics but you are viewed as vehicles for a movement towards a better community”, alluded the Mayor.

In her address, the Speaker congratulated the elected ward committee members and highlighted the main functions of a ward committee. “The primary function of a ward committee member is that you are elected to serve your ward. As the voices of your community you need to encourage and facilitate dialogue between council and local people within your wards, with the view of maximising influence over the way the municipality functions”, she emphasised.
You need to also engage and ensure that our communities participate in IDP and budget processes in maintaining a smooth co-ordination through a structured engagement within the municipal council to provide feedback to our communities”.

“Lastly, as a ward committee member you need to support and respect the position of a councillor. A councillor is the integral part of the election process of ward committees thus they are recognised as the chairperson”, concluded the Speaker.

The second session of the event, chaired by the Department of Co-operative Governance inducted the ward committee members on the Code of Conduct and the Roles and Responsibilities of Ward Committee Functionality.

Ward 3, Cllr M Shunmugam with his ward committee members.

Ward 3, Cllr M Shunmugam with his ward committee members.

Mayor Cllr EM Nkosi, Deputy Mayor Cllr Dudu Sibiya, Chief Whip Cllr NG Mnguni and SED Ms Nokuthula Thusi during the signing of the oath under the leadership of Speaker Cllr JCN MamMkhwanazi.

Mayor Cllr EM Nkosi, Deputy Mayor Cllr Dudu Sibiya, Chief Whip Cllr NG Mnguni and SED Ms Nokuthula Thusi during the signing of the oath under the leadership of Speaker Cllr JCN MamMkhwanazi.

State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma will deliver the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday, 9 February 2017 from 19:00.
The SoNA outlines government’s plans for the year ahead to improve the lives of South Africans.

Catch it live on television, radio and social media.
Follow us on Twitter #SONA2017 and participate in discussions on Facebook

PROVINCIAL OFFICES OF THE GCIS TEL NO
• Eastern Cape 043 722 2602
• Free State 051 448 4504/5
• Gauteng 011 331 0164
• KwaZulu-Natal 031 301 6787/8
• Limpopo 015 291 4689
• Mpumalanga 013 753 2397
• Northern Cape 053 832 1378
• North West 018 381 7069/71
• Western Cape 021 697 0145

Email: information@gcis.gov.za
Websites: www.thepresidency.gov.za
www.gcis.gov.za
www.gov.za
For more information, contact:
SONA

KZNFC TRAINING PROGRAMMES 2017

KZNFC TRAINING PROGRAMMES 2017

APPLY FOR TRAINING WITH THE KWAZULU-NATAL FILM COMMISSION.

The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) is an entity established in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Act, 2010. The Commission has been set up with its main vision being to position KwaZulu-Natal as a globally competitive, diverse and sustainable industry and choice film destination.

Background
The KZN Film Commission aims to enhance the economy by providing and encouraging opportunities for persons, especially from disadvantaged communities to enter and participate in the film industry in the province. In so doing, it aims to contribute to an enabling environment to job creation. The Human Capital Development (HCD) Programme under Marketing and Industry Development is designed to develop skills in KwaZulu-Natal focussing on previously disadvantaged filmmakers across the value chain of film and television. A baseline study was conducted in 2015 highlighting the skills gap in the KZN industry. The KZNFC is responding to the need for skills in 2 key areas: SCRIPTWRING AND FILM DIRECTING.

TWO TRAINING PROGRAMMES WILL BE OFFERED.

Training Programme 1 – SEDIBA Spark Screenwriting Programme (In Partnership with NFVF)
The Sediba Spark programme embraces best practices of international screenwriting, and uses the teachings of international masters of our craft. Our aim is to equip screen writers with tools that will allow them to shape their own talent, originality and creativity into screenwriting of an international standard. The Programme runs for five months with workshops taking place one weekend a month. Workshops are compulsory for all qualifying participants. The programme is at no cost to the selected participants.

Requirements
• Applicants must be residents of the KwaZulu-Natal province and be South African citizens or residents.
• Applicants must have a matric certificate and/or a relevant tertiary qualification in Film & Television or Writing.

Please submit:
1. A motivation (maximum 2 pages) as to why you should be considered for the programme
2. Your CV, detailed profile of work experience
3. Sample of written work ( optional)
4. A copy of your Matric certificates and all qualifications post matric and a
5. Certified copy of your ID.

Applications should be also be emailed to SkillsDev@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za
Closing date for applications: 3 February 2017

Training Programme 2 – The 101 of Directing for Film, short films or TV Dramas (In Partnership with NFVF)
The Directors Programme aims to introduce the participants to the role of the Director on a fiction or TV Drama set. This is a Practical course of Understanding the role of the Director on a Film or TV set. The Programme will cover the following areas:- How to lay the basis for writing for the screen, understanding how to structure a script for features and TV drama; Writing of a Treatment for your film’s pitch; Breaking down the shooting script and producing a Director’s version of the script; The role of the actor to that of the director and the creative process between talent and the visionary; Working with a script and finding the right actor for the part; Working conditions for actors; What to expect from your actors; Casting process and how to do it; Rehearsal and the creative process; Film appreciation and the various genres in fiction and TV drama series; Relationship between actors, director, producer and production office; Relationship with the crew on set as the Director; Who is who in SA acting world?

Requirements
• Applicants must be residents of the KwaZulu-Natal province and be South African citizens or residents.
• Applicants must have a matric certificate and/or a relevant tertiary qualification in Film & Television or Writing.
• Demonstrate previous experience in directing either for TV, short films, TV Dramas, Documentaries, Theatre, New Media (Web) and/ or Music Video
• Be available to attend the programme one week at a time staring the 22nd – 27th Feb, 14-19TH March, 28th March – 2nd April, 11th -16th April at time for a period of four weeks in total.

Please submit:
1. A motivation (maximum 2 pages) as to why you should be considered for the programme
2. Your CV, detailed profile of work experience
3. Provide examples of previous work: either a portfolio, a video, or storyboard, or a script you completed.
4. Three page synopsis of a film idea you would like to work on as part of the course work.
5. A copy of your Matric certificates and all qualifications post matric
6. Certified copy of your ID.

Applications should be emailed to SkillsDev@kwazulunatalfilm.co.za
Closing date for applications: 3 February 2017
Correspondence for both programmes will be limited to successful candidates.
For more information visit our website on www.kwazulunatalfilm.co.za or call our offices on (031) 325 0200.

Bursary Awarding Ceremony – All Media Invitation

To : All Media

From : The Office of the Mayor (Newcastle Local Municipality)

Re. Media invite

The Mayor of Newcastle Local Municipality, His Worship Cllr. EM Nkosi is inviting all media to a bursary awarding ceremony .
This event is scheduled to take place as follows;

DATE : 26th January 2016
VENUE : Mayor’s Parlour (Newcastle Local Municipality)
TIME : 12H00

For enquiries contact

Sphiwe Mazibuko
Communications Officer (Mayor’s Office)
081 814 4108

Ward Committees Inauguration 2017 Invitation

The Office of the Speaker officially invites you to the Ward Committees Inauguration scheduled to take place as follows:

Date : 26 January 2017
Venue : Richview Hall
Time : 8.00am

SESSION 1
1. Registration : 08h00
2. Opening Prayer :
3. Introduction : Chief Whip:Cllr.N.G Mngundi
4. Opening Address : Speaker of Newcastle Local Council: Cllr JCM MamMkhwanazi
5. Signing of Oath : Speaker of Newcastle Local Council: Cllr JCM MamMkhwanazi
6. Remarks : His Worship The Mayor Newcastle Local Municipality: Cllr M. Nkosi

SESSION 2
1. Roles and Responsibilities of Ward Committee Functionality
2. Code of Conduct
3. Role of Ward Committees in War Room
4. Ward Level Improvement Plan
5. Ward Operation Plan
6. Community Based Planning (CBP)
7. Closing Remarks: Speaker of Newcastle Local Council: Cllr JCN MamMkhwanazi

Old citizens celebrated in style

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Nelson Mandela once said, “A society that does not value its elderly citizens, denies its roots and endangers its future. He said that we should strive to enhance their capacity to support themselves for as long as possible and, when they cannot do so anymore, we should take care of them.

It is in support of this philosophy that the Newcastle Municipality decided to celebrate the elderly yesterday the 20th of December 2016 at an event held at Madadeni Community Hall.

Addressing the attendees Newcastle Mayor M. Nkosi said that he feels honoured to be in the same room with the generation that fought for freedom and made S.A to be what it is today. “We know all the difficulties you went through, all the struggles you had to endure to make sure your children enjoy freedom and we are more than thankful ‘’ said Cllr Nkosi.

In addiction Newcastle Mayor eluded that as the Municipality they understand that the struggles that the elderly have experienced in the past is not yet over because now they are facing a new form of pain “Your own children have become your own oppressors, they go and get pregnant and then dump their children with you to look after with your pension money and that is unacceptable. This is definitely a challenge that the Municipality together with society will work hand in hand to stop. ”Concluded Nkosi

Present to celebrate this prestigious day with the elderly was Deputy Mayor Dudu Sibiya, Ward 23 Cllr N. Ngcobo, Newcastle Speaker J.Khumalo and Newcastle Municipality Municipal Manager Mr Errol Mswane.
In closing the Deputy Mayor thanked all who attended, she thanked the Special programmes unit for affording the elderly an opportunity to be celebrated.

A modelling competition between the ladies and the gentlemen was conducted as a form of entertainment and they were also showered with Christmas presents

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Mayor receives cake for Christmas

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Old gogos showing off their modelling and dancing talents.

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Gogo Skhakhane showing off her beautiful Christmas present