The Westonaria Local Municipality invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for the following positions:
Programme Librarian: Westonaria Libraries
Superintendent: Traffic and Social Crime Prevention
Senior Superintendent: Law Enforcement and Security
While Gauteng Provincial Government held its opening of the fifth Legislature in Thokoza township on 27 June 2014, more than 300 people gathered at Westonaria Municipality, Banquet Hall to watch the live proceeding and speech by the Gauteng Premier, Davi Makhura.
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The Gauteng MEC of Human Settlements Jacob Mamabolo has brokered an agreement between the leadership of Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association (GWCRA) and the Westonaria District Municipality over the allocation of 1000 houses in Botlhabela Borwa. This flagship housing development is one of the high priority mixed housing project in the area. The allocation of houses in the area was stalled following a planned court interdict by the Association disputing the validity of the beneficiary list.
“The agreement is in the interest of the community and the people of Westonaria. It is part of our efforts to restore peace and stability in Bekkersdal”, commented MEC Mamabolo after signing the agreement. “It has averted what could have become a longstanding court battle which could have taken a long time to resolve and negatively affected the residents, who have been waiting for houses for a very long time”, said MEC Mamabolo.
The agreement will lead to the appointment of an independent audit firm which will verify the housing list in dispute. MEC Mamabolo said that the agreement paved a way for a reputable audit firm to be appointed to verify the list. “The auditing firm will not deviate and will use government policies to ascertain who qualifies for the houses”, he said.
Mamabolo said the appointed firm will be given three months to complete and finalise the allocation list. “The time frame is reasonable compared to a long court battle that will have negative effects on the people who are supposed to benefit. Also we will be able to allocate houses to the people whose names are not in dispute,” he said.
MEC Mamabolo said that he will continue to engage with the association on others matters that have been affecting the area. Wonder Modise, Secretary of the GWCRA, said the agreement showed that the organisation was not about protest action but also improving service delivery. Modise said that the resolution taken today will mean a lot in addressing housing backlog in the area.
Thabo Ndlovu, Municipal Manager of Westonaria Local Municipality, said that the agreement was encouraging and hoped it was a beginning of a new trend in the manner the association and municipality engage on service delivery in the future.
Gauteng Human Settlements, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Jacob Mamabolo hosted a meeting between Gauteng Provincial Government and the Greater Westonaria Concerned Residence Association to discuss permanent solutions for the Bekkersda community. The MEC led a delegation constituted by West Rand District Executive Mayor Mpho Nawa, Bekkersdal Acting Executive Mayor Gladys Khoza and Special Advisor to the Premier, Eric Xayiya.
The meeting was aimed at revisiting the concerns of the Community in light of the pre-election service delivery protests. The concerned residents were led by Secretary Wonder Modise and Thabang Wesi.
Speaking of the guiding principles of interventions in Bekkersdal, MEC Mamabolo said, “Government’s priority is service delivery, transparency, local empowerment that considers competency and quality of service; regular consultation and urgency of service delivery”. MEC Mamabolo further emphasized that government is strengthening its approach towards intensive and effective community engagement and consultation.
The Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association raised demands for the formalization and electrification of informal settlements in Bekkersdal; social amenities; development for a trade and business hub that would employ the residents of the area; that the mining companies and business in the surrounding area work with government in community development and job creation. The residents also raised demands for the provision of land for the development of a High school and additional health facilities. These issues emanate from the Service Delivery Summit held by the association.
Government welcomed the submissions of the concerned residents and committed to incorporate the demands into government’s development plans of Westonaria and the region in order to align service delivery and job creation.
“The concerned residents should elect five members to work with Government in the intervention task team that will look at the Urban Renewal, and other relevant and interventions in Westonaria. My priority is that we forge partnerships to resolve the issues quickly and restore normality urgently”, said Mamabolo.
With regards to ongoing interventions in Westonaria, MEC Mamabolo said, “The inclusive task team of government and the concerned residents group will also look at the budgetary plans, the forensic investigation by the auditor general, the merger of the Randfontein and Westonaria municipalities”.
West Rand District Mayor Mpho Nawa said, “The commitment of government to cooperation and partnership in effective service delivery for Bekkersdal and Westonaria is intended to maintain continued consultation and incorporation of community demands with existing plans”.
Meanwhile, the Acting Executive Mayor for Westonaria Local Municipality, Councilor Gladys Khoza highlighted council’s commitment to improved service delivery.
The concerned residence present declared the meeting as having been fruitful and committed to working with government on service delivery.
The next forum will take place on 08 July 2014.