Newcastle Municipality elects new Deputy Mayor and Speaker

Newcastle Municipality Council elected new Deputy Mayor; Cllr Reuben Moses Molelekoa and Speaker; Cllr Samukelisiwe Annet Yende at a Special Council meeting held on the 27th of August 2019.

The new elections follow after the resignations of former Deputy Mayor; Ms Dudu Sibiya and former Speaker; Ms Jabu Mkhwanazi, who joined the National Parliament in Cape Town as members of the National Assembly.

Council also appointed Cllr Sikhumbuzo Emanuel Shabangu as an Executive Committee Member.

Newcastle Mayor Cllr Dr N.N.G Mahlaba congratulated and welcomed the Deputy Mayor and Speaker. He stressed that regardless of the fact that Council is made up of different political parties, each and every councillor should remember the primary goal of council and the municipality, which is to serve the community of Newcastle.

Nelson Mandela Day

Every year on 18 July South Africans together with the international community honour our former president and international icon Nelson Mandela in the celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day. This day has since its launch in 2009 inspired individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good.

It initially started with people being asked to give 67 minutes of their time and later moved away from an ad hoc and individualised initiative towards addressing issues affecting our society. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Nelson Mandela Day and to commemorate this milestone the Nelson Mandela Foundation has launched a new approach and strategy titled Mandela Day: The Next Chapter.

The strategy outlines a new approach over the next ten years that will significantly change the manner in which the International Nelson Mandela Day impacts people’s lives. This means that the focus will be on harnessing research, analysis and dialogue to build sustainable impact for those that need help the most.

It identifies five key focus areas for global partnerships to focus on to have strategic impact. These areas are education and literacy; food and nutrition; shelter; sanitation and active citizenship, and they are in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Newcastle CBD Parking Management System

Newcastle CBD PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

As of the 1st of July 2019, Newcastle Municipality rolled out a parking management solution throughout the CBD. The service provider, Traffic Management Systems, was awarded the bid, through a competitive bidding process, to successfully manage the parking woes experienced since 2009.

The advantages of the system to the public entail amongst others:

  1. Easy access to Business.
  2. Easy access to parking.
  3. Cash and card payment options as well as EFT payments through cellphone.
  4. A safer CBD.
  5. Less traffic congestion.
  6. Option of paying lower tariff at low density parking areas.
  7. Sustainable job opportunities.

 

TIPS ON HOW THE SYSTEM OPERATES:

  1. One can pre-plan their trip to the business hub by logging onto Quickpark.co.za (Newcastle) and check for available parking spaces.
  2. When you identify a parking space, a well clad Parking Marshal will attend to you, equipped with a parking meter and printer.
  3. The marshal will then record your vehicle details.
  4. You must then tell the marshal how long you intend to use the bay. He/she will then print an electronic receipt which shows your vehicle licence number, the expiry time in bold and the parking fee. Should you exceed the time, then upon your return, you must pay the outstanding amount to the marshal.
  5. You then pay the tariff and display the issued receipt on the dashboard in a clearly visible manner, on the right hand side.
  6. One can pay cash or obtain a pre-paid cash card which can be topped up on the website or at the Marshals terminal. Marshals will have change available.
  7. The prescribed tariff for on- street parking (eg Allen, Scott, Voortrekker and Murchison Streets, being high density areas) is R4-00 per half hour and R8-00 per hour or part thereof. The off- street parking rate (ie OK Square, Central Car Park, Hellenic/ Homeaffairs etc) is R3-00 for half hour and R6-00 per hour or part thereof.
  8. Business owners or their employees may opt to pay a monthly tariff of R550-00 per month for a designated off-street parking space.

 

Enquiries may be referred to Community Safety, Traffic Services Admin:

Email: lizie.botha@newcastle.gov.za

Telephone (OH): 034 328 4703

 

 

AMENDMENT OF TARIFF OF CHARGES – NOTICE NO. CS 22/2019

Notice is hereby given in accordance with section 75A(3)(a) and (b) of the Local Government: Systems Act 32 of 2000, as amended, that the Newcastle Municipal Council at a meeting held on 29 May 2019, resolved to amend the under mentioned tariff of charges.

·         Advertising Sign Bylaws
·         Art Centre & Museum
·         Building Bylaws
·         Bylaws for the Regional Airport and Municipal Aerodrome
·         Bylaws relating to Public Libraries
·         Camp and Caravan Park Bylaws
·         Cemetery Bylaws
·         Cleansing Services Bylaws
·         Drainage Bylaws
·         Electricity Supply Bylaws
·         Fees for access to information – Public Bodies
·         Fire Brigade Bylaws
·         Group Activities Room
·         Halls
·         Hire of Sports Grounds
·         Industrial Effluent Bylaws
·         Keeping of Dogs, Animals, Birds & Bees
·         Miscellaneous services
·         Newcastle Recreation Centre
·         Planning Development Act – Statutory Applications
·         Public Health Bylaws
·         Public Swimming Pool Bylaws
·         Street, Traffic and Entertainment Bylaws
·         Training and Specific Investigations
·         Water Supply Bylaws

Please note that:

  1. The increased tariffs shall come into operation on 1 July 2019 for all services except for water and electricity consumptions which will be levied on the new tariff with effect from the 1 August 2019 accounts.
  2. A copy of the existing tariff of charges, the proposed new tariffs and a copy of the resolution are open for inspection during office hours for a period of 30 days from date of publication hereof.
  3. Copies of the relevant resolutions and particulars of the amendments will be open for inspection at the following municipal offices:
  • Civic Centre, Newcastle
  • Madadeni
  • Stafford
  • Osizweni
  • Ingagane
  1. Major tariff increases for the 2019/2020 Financial Year are as follows:
  • Water and Sanitation 0%
  • Refuse Removal 0%
  • Property Rates 0%  (New valuation roll implemented)
  • Electricity 07% – subject to NERSA approval.

MJ MAYISELA

ACTING MUNICIPAL MANAGER

Newcastle Municipality

PUBLIC NOTICE: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION POLICY & STRATEGY

Notice is hereby given that, in terms of Section 152, subsection (1) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996), read in conjunction with Chapter 4, Section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (Act No. 32 of 2000), the Newcastle Local Municipality has developed a Public Participation Policy and Strategy document.

The main objective of this Policy/Strategy is to “make provision for mechanisms, processes andprocedures to facilitate and give effect to public participation as regulated by statute”. The Public Participation Strategy and Ward Committee Operational Plan are a supplement to the Policyand detail procedures and processes to be followed by officials, political bearers and all relevantstakeholders for proper public participation at community level.

The Public Participation Policy and Strategy will be made available for perusal in the following areas:

  • Newcastle Libraries
  • All Newcastle Municipality Offices
  • The Newcastle Municipality WebsiteMR M.J. MAYISELA
    ACTING MUNICIPAL MANAGERNewcastle Municipality Private Bag X6621 Newcastle
    2940

Newcastle Municipality Outdoor Advertising Bylaw

Newcastle Municipality Outdoor Advertising Bylaw Section 16 (8) (e) states that “any poster contemplated in this section, must be removed by person displaying it within 5 daysafter the conclusion of the election or voter registration period, failing which, Council may remove such posters and impose fee per poster remove”. 

 Therefore, you are notified to remove all election advertising signs by 15 May 2019.  Failure to respond to the directives of this letter Council will remove of all election advertising signs in terms of Section 23 (7 & 8) of the Bylaws and such costs of removal will be recovered by Council from the offending party/parties at R50.00 per sign. No further notice will be served in this respect and the election advertisements/posters that will be removed by Council will be destroyed without giving further notice.

Media Notice CS 6/2019

Media Notice Call for Public Comments

Community Base Plans

The Department of Public Participation together with the IDP Unit and the Office of the Speaker within the Newcastle Municipality embarked on the process of reviewing the Community Base Plans for the 2019/20 financial year as per legislative requirement.
Under the motto “We Partner, Involve, Consult and Inform”.

Community Base Plan is a form of participatory planning which has been designed to promote community action, it provides the Municipalities with the means to strengthen the participatory aspects of their IDP
CBP Promotes ward level plans and community action while mobilising communities to take the destiny of their lives into their hands (The people shall govern).

The intention of the CBP process is to better inform planning within the various spheres of government inclusive of the private sector.

CBP employs a grass-root, sustainable livelihoods approach in order to ensure that whatever proposed development programmes and projects are in fact a true representation of the needs and aspirations of the community . This process is a forerunner to the IDP.

The working sessions commenced from the 18th of March to the 4th of April. In the following areas:

1) The 18th of March 2019, Youth Centre for the Blaaubosch zone
2) 20th of March 2019 Osizweni Community Hall for the Osizweni zone
3) 22nd of March 2019 at the Town hall for the Newcastle zone, with the last session that took place yesterday at the Madadeni Community Hall.

Attending these sessions were ,Cllrs, Ward Committee members, NGO’s and NPO’s that form part of War Rooms.

The process is currently in a draft phase in order to allow submission and constructive feedback from the community and any other interested or affected relevant stakeholders.

Ward 22 Councillor sworn in

Seen on the picture from the back: Acting Municipal Manager Muzi Mayisela, Deputy Mayor Cllr Dudu Sibiya, Front: Magistrate Gurlal and Cllr Sizwe Mngomezulu.

The Newcastle Municipality sworn-into office a newly elected councillor during a council meeting that was held at the Newcastle Council Chambers yesterday.

Cllr Sizwe Mngomezulu who was elected as the ward 22 councillor, replaces late Cllr Sibusiso “Mpha “Hlabisa who passed on late last year.  Present to witness this prestigious event was the whole of EXCO, councillors and members of the community. To officiate the induction, Court Magistrate Gurlal was also present.

Cllr Mngomezulu swore under oath to serve the community without fear or favour. He promised to carry forward the mandate given to him by council which is in line with the vision and mission of the Newcastle Municipality.

Council welcomes the newly appointed Cllr.