THABAZIMBI – Thabazimbi Municipality embarked on the training ward committee members. The municipality was the first to have trained their ward committees in Waterberg District.
Municipality consists of 12 wards each having 10 ward committee members. The training was conducted on the week of 21-22 October 2011 at Marakele Environmental Education Centre.
Ward committees have representations of Youth, Ministers Fraternal, CBO’s, Business communities, farmers union and chaired by Ward Councillors.
The training was attended by few ward councillors and ward committee members. It is however disappointing to find that the political leadership does not take serious the main work they are here for.
“According to the party that deployed me in office you cannot compromise democratic principles on governance and no one should ever undermine the opinion of our masses in any decision making process”, said Cllr Mothoa. “In fact it is criminal for councillors not to attend these important community engagements.”
The Mayor, Cllr PA Mosito in her opening remarks indicated that ward committee members represent the communities and not political parties. She further said that members should always participate in all activities of the municipality when invited and requested to do so. They should also act as advisory body on council policies and matters affecting communities in the wards.
The Mayor further appealed to all members to work hand in glove with all councillors and structures within their wards. Ward Committees are representative structure of the community and citizens; they need to inform the municipality about the aspirations, potentials and problems of the people.
They should also form bridge by facilitating proper communication between council and citizens they represent. Ward committees have an important role to play in actively taking part and determining core municipal process, such as the Integrated Development Planning, municipal budgeting and municipal performance management processes.
Without them, our system of democratic government and developmental local government cannot be said to be rooted among the people. The training was attended by Mayor PA Mosito, Speaker BS Mothoa, Cllr JM Fischer, Cllr MD Tlhabadira, Cllr B Maguga, Cllr CS Sikwane, Cllr SG Lerumo and Cllr KR Mokwena. Amongst the presenters were Ms Johannah Machaba (Senior Manager: Governance and Intergovernmental Relations-Cogta), Ms Mathudi Chuma (Coghsta-Limpopo)and Dr Eric King (T Mabuya & Associates).