Category: Media Statements

North West Legislature Committee on Local Government Commends Provincial Government Intervention Team at Ventersdorp Local Municipality

The North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Local Government and Human Settlements led by Hon. Motlalepula Rosho has commended the Provincial Intervention team led by the Administrator, Mr. Michael Mokgwamme which was brought during the invoking of Section 139 (1)(b) of the Constitution in Ventersdorp Local Municipality. This came after the Committee held an oversight meeting at Ventersdorp Municipal Chamber to check progress made in terms since the invoking of Section 139(1)(b) by the Provincial Government as well as to inspect the level of Back to Basic support plan which includes good governance, basic service delivery, municipal financial viability; administration and implementation of municipal infrastructure grants projects and public participation. The oversight meeting forms part of the O re bone, re go bone – Taking Parliament to the People campaign held throughout Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality under the theme “The people shall govern through strengthening public participation, promoting accountability and transparency in government”. The “O re bone re go bone” which literally means “You see us and we see you”, is a programme aimed at taking legislature to the people to strengthen oversight and public participation and to promote accountability and transparency in government. During the campaign, Members of the Legislature will also interact with Mayors, members of the Municipal Public Accounts Committees, ward committees, traditional authorities, farmers and their respective organisations, organised structures and members of...

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North West Legislature Local Government Committee Welcomes Tlokwe Municipality Initiatives on Assisting Wards Affected by Dolomite During O re Bone re go Bone Campaign

The North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Local Government and Human Settlement has welcomed the initiative by Tlokwe Local Municipality together with Africa Geo-Environmental Engineering and Science (AGES) on formulating programmes aimed at assisting communities affected by a dolomite in Potchefstroom and surrounding areas. This came during the Committee held a meeting with Department of Local Government and Human Settlements, Tlokwe local municipality and AGES over the impact of dolomite within the local municipality. The meeting forms part of the O re bone, re go bone – Taking Parliament to the People campaign which was held throughout Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality under the theme “The people shall govern through strengthening public participation, promoting accountability and transparency in government”. The Committee Chairperson, Hon. Motlalepula Rosho praised the local municipality and the Geoscience Council for properly developing good strategies to mitigate the impact of dolomite in Potchefstroom and surrounding communities. “Both the municipality and the AGES has also worked well in creating management strategies on to reduce incidents caused by dolomite as well as creating a dolomite free society for future developments and town planning. The municipality should create substantive awareness programmes that will educate affected community members about the impact of dolomite and storm-water management,” said Hon. Rosho. A Geologist at AGES, Mr. Stephan Potgieter said the initiative is aimed at identifying high risk areas affected by dolomite...

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O re bone, re go bone – Legislature Takes Parliament to Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District

On 16-19 February 2016, the North West Provincial Legislature will be holding the O re bone, re go bone – Taking Parliament to the People in different municipalities under the theme “The people shall govern through strengthening public participation, promoting accountability and transparency in government” at Dr. Kenneth Kaunda Municipality at 08h30. The “O re bone re go bone” which literally means “You see us and we see you”, is a programme aimed at taking legislature to the people to strengthen oversight and public participation and to promote accountability and transparency in government. During the campaign, Members of the Legislature will also interact with Mayors, members of the Municipal Public Accounts Committees, ward committees, traditional authorities, farmers and their respective organisations, organised structures and members of the public on issues affecting them. The meeting will be held as follows; Members of the media interested to attend should contact Kabo Letlhogela at 079 879...

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North West Legislature Education Committee Happy with the Engagement it had with the Department Regarding Mphe- Bana Secondary

The North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Education and Sports Development, Arts, Culture and Traditional affairs is happy about the commitment the department has made to the committee about addressing challenges at Mphe -Bana Secondary in Koster. This came after the Committee held a meeting with the department to account on the challenges found during the Committee school visits across the province. The Committee found challenges ranging from overcrowding, shortage of furniture for learners, dysfunctional toilets at Mphe-Bana Secondary School. Mphe-Bana Secondary is a no-fee secondary school which was initially planned to accommodate 650 learners but currently, the learner enrolment is at 1690 with fourty-eight (48) educators with three (3) vacancies for two (2) deputy principals and one (1) head of department. Learners are ranging from 78 – 133 per class. The school had a shortage of 509 desks and 442 chairs. It also needed 8 mobile classes to accommodate the number of leaners that are in excess. According to the MEC for the department, Wendy Matsemela, the department has delivered some desks and chairs so far, the rest will be delivered on Friday 5 February 2016. “In the current financial year, the department is building a primary school in Reagile and plans to erect a mobile secondary school in the coming financial year to avert overcrowding challenges in both the secondary and two primary schools in the...

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North West Legislature Education Committee to Meet Department of Education over Challenges Found During School Visits

On Tuesday, 02 February 2016, the North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Education, Sports, Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs will hold a meeting with the Department of Education and Sports Development for the department to account on the challenges found during the Committee school visits across the province including challenges of overcrowding, shortage of furniture for learners, dysfunctional toilets at Mphe-Bana Secondary School at Temani Building (District building of Department of Education and Sports Development) in Potchefstroom at 18h00. Some of the challenges the Committee found in the schools include overcrowding, shortage of furniture for learners and teachers; shortage of Mathematics and Physical Science teachers in Grade 10-12, where in some instances are foreign teachers whose contracts with the department has expired and are awaiting contract renewals; burglaries and vandalism in schools due to lack of security; Schools’ Post Provisioning Model not allowing more teachers in certain schools and non-functionality of school governing body’s sub-committees. All members of the media are invited to attend. For more information contact Namhla Luhabe at 079 527...

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North West Legislature Committee on Education to Visit Mphe-Bana Secondary School in Koster

On Thursday, 28 January 2016, the North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Education, Sports, Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs will conduct an oversight visit to Mphe-Bana Secondary School in Reagile township in Koster. According to media reports the school is experiencing challenges of overcrowding, shortage of furniture for learners, dysfunctional toilets and security for many years. Members of the Portfolio Committee will interact with the school management team to also assess the school’s readiness for 2016 and challenges they are facing. Officials from the Department of Education and Sports Development will also be present. For more information, contact Ms Namhla Luhabe on 079 527 0628. Issued by: North West Provincial Legislature: Media & Communications Unit on behalf of the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Education and Sports Development, Arts, Culture and Traditional affairs – Hon. Boitumelo...

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Speaker of the North West Legislature Speaks to the Congregants of Dinokana at the RHR session

The Nwpl Speaker Hon. Susana Dantjie condemned criminal activities perpetrated by some of the Citizens hiding behind xenophobia. She said this doesn’t have anything to do with xenophobia but it is pure criminal activity hence all the time people are stealing from businesses of foreign nationals. Are we saying our own children working and studying abroad be killed in the foreign lands where they are outside their country of birth? This is a question posed by the Nwpl Speaker Hon. Susana Dantjie to attendants. We must all act responsibly and condemn all the negative acts. The Nwpl Speaker Hon. Susana Dantjie appealed to all and sundry to condemn every element of xenophobia and crime. Tlogelang go nna bo seila kgaka dinwa moro. She said it can’t be correct to claim that foreign nationals take their job opportunities as that doesn’t hold. She said, the truth is, because of apartheid, South Africans are unskilled in some critical engineering areas hence we need to interact with other nationals and learn the skills we so dearly need. Lehurutshe in South Africa played a pivotal role in the politics of the country. Because of the role Lehurutshe played in the emancipation of the country it remains relevant to grace the all important RHR Session, said Hon. Dantjie. To all individuals and families who requested for the repatriation of the remains of their loved...

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NORTH WEST LEGISLATURE STATEMENT ON THE RELEASE OF FORMER STATE PRESIDENT, NELSON MANDELA

The African National North West Legislature takes this moment to remember, South Africa’s first democratically elected President, the father of our nation, President Nelson Mandela, who was unconditionally released from prison after spending 27 years as a political prisoner in Robben Island. On this day, 11 February 1990, President Mandela walked in the streets of Cape Town as a free man. As we celebrate the twentieth year of our democracy as a country, the North West Legislature salutes and remember this great leader, a philanthropist, lawyer, anti-apartheid activist, ANC member, SACP member, MK Commander in Chief, 1956 Treason Trialist, Robben Island prisoner, Nobel Peace Prize winner and first elected President of a democratic South Africa. On this release from prison, President Nelson Mandela left the Victor Verster prison (renamed Drakenstein Correctional Centre) on the outskirts of Paarl. He was driven 60 km to Cape Town by the African National Congress (ANC) Rose Sonto along a route lined by thousands of supporters. On the balcony of the City Hall he spoke to a crowd of approximately 50,000 people, who had waited for hours to see him. He started by expressing his sincere and warmest gratitude to the “millions of my compatriots and those in every corner of the globe who have campaigned tirelessly for my release”. The month of February also signifies the moment in which President Nelson Mandela was...

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Speaker of the North West Legislature Awards Matric Class of 2014 at Tswaing Local Municipality

Yesterday, 10 February 2015, the Speaker of the North West Provincial Legislature, Hon. Sussana Dantjie showed her appreciation by fulfilling her promise to the matric class of 2014 at Tswaing Local Municipality, rewarding all those who received distinctions at any subject with trophies, and those who attained more were showered with latest laptops, i-pads and data...

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North West Legislature Terminates Membership of Mr Papiki Babuile

The North West Provincial Legislature, having established facts pertaining to the conviction and sentencing of Mr Papiki Babuile as reported in the media statement released last week has on the 4th February 2015 informed the leader of the official opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), that Mr. Papiki Babuile is no longer eligible to be a member of the legislature by virtue of the provisions of section 106(1)(e) of the...

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