The lives of 1500 learners in Westonaria Local Municipality area were changed for the better today (25, June 2015) when Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi accompanied by Westonaria Executive Mayor, Councilor Nonkoliso handed over bicycles to pupils who live more than 4 kilometres away from their respective schools.
The 1500 bicycles were given to learners from 13 schools in the area, each worth R2000. The pack is made up of a bicycle, a helmet, reflector and a pack of spanners. The project is a partnership between national, local and provincial government aimed at improving mobility of South Africans through promoting bicycle transport use by targeting users in most disadvantaged settings who currently have to walk long distances to get to schools, work or to access economic activities.
As I hand over 1500 bicycles to learners today, I have great pleasure in saying that these bicycles will help advance the cause of accessible transport,” Vadi said in a speech in front of beneficiaries, parents and teachers who attended the event.
MEC Vadi urged learners to make the best of the opportunity they have been given and make sure they arrive at school punctually so that they can obtain good marks at school.
The MEC said except providing easy access to school, the bicycles will help them keep fit as peddling to school is a form of healthy lifestyle and exercise. He encouraged beneficiaries to form cycling clubs.
Executive Mayor, Councilor Nonkoliso Tundzi said they are thankful for the assistance from Provincial government and said the schools count themselves lucky. “This shows a commitment on education as a societal issue not just for the Education department”, Tundzi said.
She also urged learners to take care of the bicycles for future use by others whilst also outlining the benefit to their health through peddling to school. “I am pleading with parents and relatives to stop abusing the bicycles”, Executive Mayor concludes.
Beneficiaries were also given road safety tip by the municipality.
We need to always reflect on this important document as we work in achieving a better life for all the residents of this municipality. When we measure our progress we should use this document as a barometer to measure our achievement of this vision, said the Executive Mayor during the 2015/2016 Budget Speech.
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Today all stakeholders including residents from all municipalities in the West Rand came out in their numbers to support the proposed creation of a metropolitan municipality in the region in 2016.
The merger consist of Mogale City, Merafong City, Randfontein Local Municipality, Westonaria Local Municipality and West Rand District.
A fully packed Westonaria Banquet Hall had all attendees singing a song “2016 One Metro is where we are going”.
The formation of a metro is widely welcomed, with other residents saying they feel 2016 was tomorrow as this will accelerate economic and infrastructural development in West Rand.
Indeed this great decision that will ultimately consolidate municipalities and usher Gauteng province towards the single-tier form of government, said Executive Mayor, Councilor Nonkoliso Tundzi”. This, she said, would pool resources and stimulate economic growth in the West Rand.
According the Speaker, Councilor Smuts Monoane, the creation of the metro in the West Rand would produce positive developmental growth in the region. The Speaker is certain that this idea will bring about better service delivery as a result of shared services amongst all municipalities merging.
These public meetings which started in June, will continue until the process is finalized. The next phase for public engagement will be made communicated with all residents of Greater Westonaria.
In line with Youth Month, Westonaria Local Municipality will be hosting an annual programme known as I’spane Assistance Programme in an effort to address the substantial number of youth unemployment in the area.
The Programme aims to reach 2000 young people in the month of June through various seminars and workshops. It is hoped I’spane programme will assist unemployed young people with job search skills and job preparation skills.
The programme is also intended to prepare work seekers on compiling a successful CV, prepare work seekers on interview skills and an information session on mining employment requirements.
Details are as follows;
|Date: Wednesday Event||Seminar Theme||Time||Venue|
|5thJune 2015||How to write a successful CV.||10h00||Simunye MPCC|
|10th June 2015||How to concur the interviews||10h00||Paul Nell Hall|
|17th June 2015||What Skills and jobs are out there?||10h00||Westonaria Banquet Hall|
|24th June 2015||How to prepare for a successful Career.||10h00||Simunye MPCC|