NOTICE : Municipality Offices Closing Dates.

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NOTICE
Please note that the Municipal Offices will be closed from 28 December 2016 up to and including 3 January 2017, including the Rates hall. Opening and closing of accounts must be done before the closing date.

KENNISGEWING
Neem asseblief kennis dat die Newcastle Munisipaliteit se kantore gesluit sal wees vanaf 28 Desember 2016 tot en met 3 Januarie 2017, neem ook kennis dat die Belasting Saal ook gesluit sal wees. Die oop maak van nuwe rekeninge en sluit van rekeninge moet voor of op die sluitingsdatum plaasvind.

ISAZISO
Siyanazisa ukuthi amahovisi kamasipala Kanye nehovisi okukhokhwa kuwo imalo yentela no gesi  ayobe evaliwe   kusukela ngomhlaka 28 Disemba 2016 kuze kube mhlaka 3 Januwari 2017.  Bonke abafisa ukuvula noma ukuvala ama akhawunti kumele bakwenze singakavali.

B E Mswane – Municipal Manager
Newcastle Municipality

Newcastle Municipality supports the 16 days of Activism campaign

Pastor G. Koloko, Newcastle Speaker Cllr J. Khumalo, Newcastle Mayor Cllr M. Nkosi, Amajuba District Mayor Dr. M Ngubane and the deputy mayor of Amajuba Cllr S. Nkosi

Pastor G. Koloko, Newcastle Speaker Cllr J. Khumalo, Newcastle Mayor Cllr M. Nkosi, Amajuba District Mayor Dr. M Ngubane and the deputy mayor of Amajuba Cllr S. Nkosi

From the 25th of November to December 10 the world stood together to condemn constant inhumanity experienced by women and children in our societies. Newcastle Municipality together with sister Municipality Amajuba District hosted a campaign and conducted information session at the Osizweni Hall on Friday the 10th of December 2016. 

Under the theme: Count me in: Together moving a non –violent South Africa forward.” The 16 days of activism aims to encourage society to acknowledge that this scourge is not limited to the government or justice system, but it is also a societal problem that needs to be eradicated by working together.

The campaign remains a relevant subject in South Africa as progress towards the full understanding of children’s and women rights has proven to be on a snail scale if not stagnant.

“Men should learn to deal with anger issues accordingly without resorting   to abuse, they should learn that their wife and kids are not punching bags only then we can deem this campaign successful” said Amajuba District Mayor Dr M. Ngubane

According to Dr. Lerato Dikobe-Kalane of the Psychiatry Management Group, one out of every six women is regularly assaulted by her partner, with men abusing the children living with the women 46% of the time.

This statistic puts the plight of women and children at a shocking all-time high, and many organisations are calling for greater awareness around this concern.

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Festive Season Road Safety Launch

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Mayors and Senior Management addressing traffic officers

During the festive period the Newcastle Traffic Department will he faced with critical challenges due to the mass arrival and departure of vehicles in the town. It is the for this reason that the Traffic Department within the Newcastle Municipality hosted a Special Operations Roadblock to launch the December Road Safety Campaign on the 12th of December 2016 at the corner of Allen street and the N11.

The Department’s ultimate goal is to ensure a safe passage of all motorists, passengers and pedestrians by executing planned enforcement activities that will assist in reducing accidents and fatalities in this busy period.

Attending the launch was Newcastle Municipality Mayor; Cllr M. Nkosi, District Mayor; Dr M. Ngubane, Newcastle Deputy; Mayor D. Sibiya, Newcastle Municipality Municipal Manager; Mr Errol Mswane, Strategic Executive Director for Community Services; Mr Mandla Sithole and Road Safety expert; Mr Ayanda Msweli of Ukhozi FM.

Newcastle Mayor; Cllr M. Nkosi advised the traffic officers to refrain from taking bribes. He said taking bribes has become a norm for officers all around the country that many have decided to do it as a way of living. “When you take a bribe you are not only breaking the law but you are also breaking an oath you took when you joined the office. You are also committing murder because the same offender you allowed back on the street may just kill innocent motorists”, said Mayor Nkosi.

The Mayor further urged officers to not only be visible on the street but they should also be in action to stop offenders from doing as they please.

“People from the townships drink their alcohol with disdain because they know there are no traffic officers there, this year all that must change. Traffic officers will be deployed everywhere because the public depend on us to save their lives”, concluded Nkosi.

In addition, District Mayor; Dr M. Ngubane urged officers to work beyond the call of duty to make sure Newcastle is safe this festive season.

The entourage started by visiting the Newcastle Taxi Rank in a quest to sensitize them about the importance of road safety and to also give them a few tips on how to be more vigilant whilst driving .
Mr Msweli advised the drivers to avoid destructions on the road. “Things like changing cd’s, drinking from a cup without a straw, playing loud music, putting shoes under your driver’s seat can cause accidents because they take your eyes off the road and steal your attention, we need to avoid them”, alluded Msweli.

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Newcastle Mayor sharing road safety tips with taxi drivers and passengers

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District Mayor urging drivers to exercise road safety tips

Mayoral Bursary Application Form 2017

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Newcastle Municipality is inviting applications for bursaries to students residing within the Newcastle Municipality area wishing to study at any Government recognized institution of higher learning in South Africa. The purpose of his funds is to provide financial assistance to the historically disadvantaged needy students to further their education.

FIELD OF STUDY : ANY FIELD especially SCARCE SKILLS
MINIMUM SELECTION REQUIREMENTS
• Grade 12 with University Admission Pass
• Must be a Newcastle Resident

WHO CAN APPLY?
• People within the age group designated as youth as per the constitution of the republic of South Africa number 108 of 1996
• Applicant registering to study at government recognised institution for any field of study
• Matriculants or academics who met the set requirements
• Preference will be given to applicants who excel academically
• Individuals from the disadvantaged financial background
• Persons who intends studying for a Junior Degree

Bursary Provision : to be determined by the selection processes subject to need and affordability of an applicant.

THE FF. MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR APPLICATION
• Comprehensive motivation letter
• Municipal bursary application form
• Certified copies of ID’s for both the applicant and parent as well as the latest results
• Guardian or parent’s proof of income
• A provisional letter of acceptance from your preferred institution
• Proof of residential address

The municipality reserves the right to confirm applicant confirmation of acceptance at institution of study. Kindly note the failure to attach the required documentation will automatically disqualify your application.

Municipal bursary forms are obtainable from the following office:
Office No. F26 Newcastle Civic Centre as well as online at www.newcastle.gov.za. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Faxed or emailed applications will not be considered.

Applications should be forwarded to :
Hand delivered to No. F 26
Enquiry : Sibonelo Mitshali (Community Liason Officer – Office of The Mayor) 034 328 7777 or Sphiwe Mazibuko (Communications Officer) 034 328 7767

Ward Committee Elections 2016

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Notice is hereby given that in terms of the Local Government Municipal Structures Act, No 117 of 1998, and Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, No 32 of 2000 read with Council’s approved Policy on Establishment and Operations of Ward Committees.

The Newcastle Municipality (kz252) will be conducting ward committee elections in all 34 wards within Newcastle Municipality.

The following conditions apply in terms of the eligibility for any member of the public to be elected or to serve as a member of ward committee;
• A candidate must be nominated for a position by an interest group in a sector that is registered in the municipal database or in the absence of a registered interest group, a candidate will be nominated by a members of the community in a public meeting.
• are requested to bring ID books or valid driver’s license on the voting day.
• A candidate must be a South African citizen above 18 years and a registered voter in the ward.
• Section 7 of the Policy on Establishment and Operations of Ward Committee will be applicable to candidates eligible for election as a ward committee.
• Membership and duties of ward committee members must be regarded as voluntary service for the benefit of the community members and are not remunerated but do receive an out of pocket reimbursement.

For enquiries please contact Mr. Zakhele Dlamini during working hours at 034-328 7675

Mr. B.E. Mswane
Municipal Manager
Newcastle Municipality
Private Bag X6621
Newcastle, 2940

Local AIDS Council

Newcastle Mayor Makhosini Nkosi and Special Programmes Manager Samke Dube

Newcastle Mayor Makhosini Nkosi and Special Programmes Manager Samke Dube

The Newcastle Municipality’s Special Programmes Unit together with various stakeholders in the Local Aids Council (LAC) convened their quarterly meeting to discuss issues pertaining to HIV and AIDS yesterday at the Council Chambers.

Providing background of the meeting, Samke Dube Manager for Special Programme urged all Councillors to understand the role of the LAC and the part they need to play.  She further reminded the Cllrs of the importance of understanding their wards, saying that is the easiest way of knowing the unique needs of their community.

Ms Dube said that the community needs to be trained emotionally and psychologically for them to be able to appreciate and accept the functions of the municipality (service delivery) and programmes like the LAC as  a step in the right direction to achieving such.

Ms. Jabu Sithole Chairperson of the Women Forum said that most women knowingly get infected because of poverty and they are willing to do anything to get food on the table for their families”.

“We should unashamedly speak about HIV /AIDS until everyone listens so we decrease the number of infections in our district”. Concluded Ms Sithole

In closing Sanele Ndlovu from the ESST urged all parents to not give up on their children and to always find time to spend with their children and teach them the right ways of life.

Different stakeholders that attended the LAC

Different stakeholders that attended the LAC

Newcastle and Standard Bank Building Project 2016

Seen in the picture is Deputy Mayor Cllr Dudu Sibiya and Standard bank Public Sector Head Mrs. Nelly Mkhize and beneficiary Zanele Ndlovu  of Ezibayeni

Seen in the picture is Deputy Mayor Cllr Dudu Sibiya and Standard bank Public Sector Head Mrs. Nelly Mkhize and beneficiary Zanele Ndlovu of Ezibayeni

On 10 November 2016, Standard Bank together with Newcastle Municipality handed over three houses to underprivileged families from wards 9, 12 and 17. The project started in May 2016 with an open and transparent profiling of the families that would be eligible beneficiaries for the four (4) room house.

During a briefing session Mayor Makhosini Nkosi together with Deputy Mayor Dudu Sibiya and Ward Councilors acknowledged the participation and partnership from Standard Bank for the development of the people of Newcastle. “Standard bank has assisted the Municipality in changing lives of our people and we hope this partnership will grow”. Concluded Mayor Makhosini Nkosi.

Standard bank was delighted to have initiated this projected as eluded by Mrs. Nelly Mkhize Standard Bank’s Public Sector Provincial head. “We as Standard Bank exist because of people, thus we are delighted to work with the Newcastle Municipality once again, Standard Bank is passionate about people and we acknowledge government’s hard work to help our communities but we also recognize that they cannot do it alone so we as a Standard Bank want to make a difference”. 

Director: Housing and Land Mr. Muzi Shozi was present to share his sentiments “We have a worthy relationship that is growing bigger and bigger with standard bank, this is the second round of houses we have built through standard bank. In 2015 standard bank assisted us in building two houses through their CSI program, and we look forward to more as the year’s progress.

Seen in the picture is representation from Standard Bank led by Mrs. Nelly Mkhize, Deputy Mayor Dudu Sibiya, and Ward Cllrs Cyril Ngema, Cllr Rueben Molelekoa Cllr ,Sibilwane and Cllr Fikile Gama and beneficiary Ms. Joyce Zwane

Seen in the picture is representation from Standard Bank led by Mrs. Nelly Mkhize, Deputy Mayor Dudu Sibiya, and Ward Cllrs Cyril Ngema, Cllr Rueben Molelekoa Cllr ,Sibilwane and Cllr Fikile Gama and beneficiary Ms. Joyce Zwane

The Mbatha family of ward 17 with ward Cllr Sibilwane . Gogo ida Mbatha is a 80 year pensioner of ward 17, she is the only source of income for a family of six(6).

The Mbatha family of ward 17 with ward Cllr Sibilwane . Gogo ida Mbatha is a 80 year pensioner of ward 17, she is the only source of income for a family of six(6).

Government promotes peaceful and successful by-elections

MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Inkosi Kubheka from ward 6, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, Treasurer General Dr Zweli Mkhize and Amajuba District Mayor Dr N. Ngubane

MEC for Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube, Inkosi Kubheka from ward 6, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, Treasurer General Dr Zweli Mkhize and Amajuba District Mayor Dr N. Ngubane

The Department of Co–operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Ms. Nomusa Dube- Ncube encouraged voters to participate in the upcoming by-elections during her visit to ward 6 in Newcastle Municipality on the 5th of November.

The by-elections were prompted by the murder of ward 6 councillor candidate ahead of the 2016 local government elections. This candidate won her respective ward posthumously.

A prayer for peaceful and successful elections was conducted with the help of local ministers and pastors at the Siyathuthuka Sports Grounds Ward 6 and it was attended by over 3000 people
Amid this prayer Dube-Ncube called for political tolerance amongst all parties that will contest these elections.

“The tragic loss of life that we saw happen in our province brought back painful memories of the past,” said Dube-Ncube.

Dube- Ncube was accompanied by the Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, The Treasurer General Dr Zweli Mkhize, Member of KZN legislature Mr Gcabashe, Amajuba District Mayor Dr Ngubane, Newcastle Deputy Mayor Cllr Sibiya, Newcastle Municipality Speaker Cllr Mkhwanazi, Amajuba District Speaker Cllr Rehman and Newcastle Municipality Municipal Manager Mr Errol Mswane
The by-elections will take place on Wednesday, 9 November, Ward 6 in Newcastle.

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Community engagement at Itheku Mall

The Official Handover Of Newcastle Buyback Centre And Play Parks

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On the 2nd of November 2016, the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms. Barbara Thomson officially handed over a Waste Buyback Centre located near section 6 in Madadeni and two Recreational Parks, one at section 5 in Madadeni (near Sabelo High School) and the other one at Osizweni in ward 13. The Deputy Minister, Newcastle Mayor; Cllr Makhosini Nkosi, Newcastle Municipal Manager; Mr. Errol Mswane, officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Newcastle Municipality started by visiting the parks and the Buyback Centre where the projects were officially opened, followed by the main event which took place at Osizweni Community Hall.

The Newcastle Municipal Manager Mr. Errol Mswane presided over the meeting at Osizweni Community Hall, where community members were addressed. Mayor Nkosi welcomed all stakeholders involved in the project. He outlined the importance of continuous consultation with the community by emphasizing that there will be regular constituency meetings in the wards where members of the community will be afforded an opportunity to raise their concerns with matters concerning the Municipality.

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms. Barbara Thomson mentioned that the Department through its Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programme has funded the two projects to the tunes of R19 million. The local members of the community benefited in the projects hence 240 job opportunities were created through the Departments Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP).

The Buyback Centre will assist the Municipality to address the challenge of waste management and promote the recycling in the area. The facility will also stimulate diversion of recyclable waste from landfill sites, thereby creating economic opportunities for waste collectors. The recreational parks have been built to benefit the historically disadvantaged areas with the focus on sustainable development in the greening and open space management areas.

The Deputy Minister commended Newcastle Municipality for its accolades for the Greenest Town Award for three consecutive years and persuaded the Municipality to continuously uphold that trend.

Members of the community who were beneficiaries in these projects benefited by gaining training opportunities in various fields including occupational health and safety as well as personal financial management, thereby the beneficiaries will be employable elsewhere in future.

In here closing remarks, Ms. Barbara Thomson pleaded to members of the community to ensure that the environment is alive and protects the projects built in their respective areas as these projects belong to them.

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The Newcastle Business Community Gives Input For Provincial Budget 2017/18

Head of Department in the KZN Treasury; Simiso Magagula

Head of Department in the KZN Treasury; Simiso Magagula

The strong contingent of the Newcastle business community descended at the Black Rock Casino on the 1st of November 2016, to share their views in preparation for the provincial budget to be tabled by the MEC for Finance in KwaZulu-Natal, Belinda Scott, in early March 2017.

The budget breakfast, held in partnership with Newcastle Municipality, Majuba TVET College as well as Absa Bank, who sponsored the function, is a signature outreach for KZN Treasury with a view to engage with all sectors of the community to ensure a balanced budget for the province.

Mayor of Newcastle Municipality, Makhosini Nkosi during his welcome address, said the opportunity afforded to them as Newcastle residents was going to help them to influence the preparation of the budget for 2017/18.

We understand the difficult task that KZN Treasury has in putting together the provincial budget under very difficult economic times. We have confidence in you as KZN Treasury and we applaud you for giving communities a chance to partake in the budget process”.

Bonga Nxumalo of Igalelozwide farming, said in order to address the challenges of unemployment, there was a need to bring the youth into agriculture. “We have a programme called smart farming and we need partnerships to ensure agricultural development,” he said.

Mandla Mthethwa said, “we have skills in Newcastle that we need to use to develop our economy and it is important for us all to have a full understanding of the budget so we can know the role to play in shaping our future”.

Other views include the need for more youth to be represented in the budget discussions because they are the ones who should make more input to help shape the future of this province as well as the need for Newcastle to focus more on agriculture.

Sanele Mlotshwa; Principal of Majuba TVET College, said their partnership in the budget breakfast is to emphasise the fact that skills development cannot be divorced from the budget and economic processes.

The provincial budget must translate into service delivery and economic development through growth of businesses. For businesses to grow, they need skills. As a training college, we produce skilled people who will help in the development of our communities and we need our local businesses to afford them opportunities to showcase their skills and contribute to the economic development of Newcastle,” he alluded.

Faisal Mkhize; Managing Executive of Absa Bank, said it was inspiring for Absa Bank to partner with local stakeholders, especially Majuba TVET College, to ensure that they build, not only the economy but also develop skills that are desperately needed by our province.

This is democracy in action. Government has come to Newcastle to share ideas on how better we can develop our province. We must grab these kinds of opportunities and make our views heard so we can together shape our destiny. As a private partner, we are further encouraged to see the National Minister of Finance putting more funds into skills development in the area of education,” said Mkhize.

Head of Department in the KZN Treasury; Simiso Magagula said, “When you develop the budget for the province, it is very easy to lose sight of the involvement of key stakeholders. We are here to engage with business so we can have a balanced budget process.

There are a number of challenges that affect the preparation of the budget. One of them is the need to raise money for free education after protracted student protests, the need to secure and strengthen border security along the SA-Mozambican border. However, there are very good things that government has done with the budget. Today was the time to engage with business and take note of their views and this is what we need as government”.

Newcastle Mayor; Cllr Makhosini Nkosi during the engagement session with the businesses

Newcastle Mayor; Cllr Makhosini Nkosi during the engagement session with the businesses

Some businesses in attendee

Some businesses in attendee