The newly-elected ANC Provincial Executive Council (PEC) members led by its chairperson Doctor Zamani Saul, undertook an official visit to the John Taolo Gaetsewe region on June 10, 2017. The team has already visited other regions to extend their sense of appreciation and to strengthen relations and unwavering support derived from them.
Similarly, the visit was broadly to intro-duce the new executive, as well as to ac-knowledge the integral role being played by the region in the activities of the movement.
The new provincial team is almost evenly represented by the regions - a clear show of balance of power. The John Taolo Gaetsewe region has seven PEC members, namely Mr Kenny Moiemmang, Mr Gibson Anthony, Mr Lebogang Motlhaping, Ms Fufe Ma-katong, Mr Lazarus Tefo Seikaneng and Ms Dineo Leutlwetse.
In his keynote address to the regional structures, the articulate and vibrant provin-cial chairperson said that this region is the nerve centre in the political successes of the ruling party and, particularly, in the electorial processes.
Without mincing his words, he candidly said that many a time the district goes through political turmoil during the electoral period where members and contestants want to tear one another apart. He therefor appealed for harmony.
He emphatically dwelt on the abuse of power by office bearers within the party structures, municipalities and departments. He said that deployed cadres must understand clearly that the deployment exercise is a mere privilege that can be abdicated from an individual if there is non-compliance and non-delivery of expected results.
On the last conference debacle, he said that those who did not make it must not be delusive in expecting a re-run. In any contestation there must be a side that leans on a falling wall, that winners must not be over-excited and those in the mixed feeling bracket who belong to the island of the plebiscite, all belong to the ANC and need to be embraced in good spirit to resuscitate the movement. He clearly stated that purging of fellow members is intolerable and condemnable.
The ANC, at this juncture, needs a team
of ideological builders that can debunk the insidious isms like factionalism characterising its image. He also confirmed that the regional conference will be held in August this year.
Finally he said that the cabinet reshuffle that happened on the doorstep of the provin-cial conference has been reversed in totality. The ousted MECs were sworn in again on June 11, 2017 and that was a polished decision reached.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gamagara rejects the municipal budget tabled in council on 31 May 2017.
According to Harold McGluwa, MPL and DA Provincial Chairperson in the Northern Cape, the budget did not follow the prescribed processes and the proposals will not stimulate economic growth in the municipality.
The DA's strongest objection is to the proposed tariff increases, which they believe are completely unjustifiable and do not meet the guidelines suggested by the National Treasury. The average municipal account will increase by 32%, which the DA be-
lieves is simply unaffordable for the majority of consumers. Instead of exploring alternative options for revenue generation, the municipality intends to place an unbearable burden on residents.
Another point of contention, according to the DA, is that three of the municipality's wards were excluded from the public participation processes, which means that the budget and its proposals did not get input from all members of the community. The DA wonders whether perhaps the possible strong resistance to the budget proposals from these three wards had prompted the municipality to take a shortcut on public participation.
Until such time as all wards have been consulted and their comments taken into consideration, the DA cannot approve the budget.
Besides, the agenda was also given to councillors fairly late, resulting in them not being able to prepare or highlight items of interest to look out for.
The Democratic Alliance believes that the budget processes must therefore start from scratch, follow the letter of the law and create proposals that are fair for all.

Yes, the dates have been announced and confirmed by the Provincial Secretary Za-mani Saul, but it would not be surprising if another date is set.
This is because there are still issues that the other faction thinks can sway the pendulum or can put them in a better position to outweigh the one that has allegedly a convincing number of branches.
All roads lead to the Colesburg elective conference set for May 11-14, 2017.
At the regional level, like in the other regions, John Taolo Gaetsewe is caught up in a jig-saw puzzle where branches are still in a tug of war situation. 
The premier's faction and the provincial secretary's faction have to face each other like two dogs facing a bone in a dozen of branches still under fierce dispute.
In both camps there is optimism of
emerging victorious, however those close to the tossing of the coin suggest that the so-called Tsunami - a progeny from the pro-premier league that wants her to ascend to the provincial chairmanship has suggested that an interdict be instituted to block the elective conference, seemingly if cards are not in their favour.
Analytically, further postponement of the conference could polarise the effectiveness of the executives assigned to resolve the conflict. If the national and the provincial executive representatives mandated to calm down the differences cannot resolve impending issues, then an interdict might square up the argument - a very very thin chance, of course.
The re-run of a dozen or so disputed branches in Ga-Segonyana and Joe Morolong constituencies under tight supervision of the National Executive Council members on May
6 and 7, 2017 is seen to be the balancing act by the disgruntled faction, but according to political pundits playing the quiz allege that the so called PLUS faction is in the comfort zones because it has more than two-thirds of branches in its bag before going for the mini remedial exercise.
If that is the case, Tsunami - a youth league substructure of the pro-premier camp with all of its disenchantment assembled in one bag, could be obliged to just accept the outcome of the final branch representatives set to go and vote for the provincial executives, as politics is a game of turns in the league.
If certainly the PLUS camp will prevail in its objectives and motive, it must be advised it should not take all the bones with some flesh because, in real life, we need one another . . .

Former ANC Northern Cape Secretary, Zamani Saul, was elected unopposed as the party's new provincial chairperson on Friday 12 May 2017 during the ANC's elective conference held in Colesberg. Other candidates, including the provincial premier, declined the nomination.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the conference, telling members that the ANC's renewal must start in the Northern Cape. "It must start here," said Mr Ramaphosa, who used the opportunity to tout his idea for the renewal and rebirth of the ANC.
Many supporters agreed with Mr Rama-phosa that the ANC must undergo a metamorphosis to survive.
He told the gathering a mythical story, about an old eagle preparing for its next phase of life. "We must go through this painful process of removing the blunt claws and the blunt beaks. So that we may be
stronger again - that is what the ANC must do," Mr Ramaphosa stressed.
When the electoral contest officially got under way, it was one-way traffic, with Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas and all candidates aligned to her declining nomination.
"Unfortunately, I will not accept," said Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas when she was nominated, making Mr Saul the new provincial chairperson.
However, Ms Lucas promised the outcome of the conference would be appealed within ANC structures due to electoral irregularities.
It's too early to tell who the Northern Cape's newly elected leadership will officially support come the national ANC elective conference in December, but if Mr Ramaphosa's reception and the election of his apparent supporters are anything to go by, the province might well be running with the deputy president. eNCA

A multi-stakeholder community meeting held in Bankara Bodulong village on February 14, 2017 hit a snag, much to the gloom of the desperate foreigners and the lukewarm local leadership.

The community openly pronounced its standpoint regarding the issue of allowing foreign nationals from Asian origin to come back to stay or re-establish their businesses. “We no longer want makhula or ‘my friend’ as they are affectionately called in the area. They have done a lot of damage to the community and we cannot accept them anymore”.

Apart from the lonely incident where a local teenager succumbed to the fatal stab on the eve of New Year by the lonely under-arrest Asian, the community seems to have found a trigger to express their distaste or animosity over these foreign nationals. The community unleashed a plethora of complaints revolving around the running of the foreigners’ businesses, claiming they are too expensive.

The community further claimed that the foreigners are a cause of juvenile pregnancy in the area, a known abomination from their country of origin. They discourage youths from attending school. They sell adhesives and hooka-pipes for smoking dagga. They also entice youths with silly sweeties - much to the detriment of their future.

In one of the explosive meetings held in the presence of provincial executives including the Premier Sylvia Lucas and the Provincial Commissioner Major General Peter Shivuri, members of the community mentioned that “. . . the Asians never helped us during the liberation struggle, but they are coming here to harvest – more so than people from our neighbouring countries that were in solidarity with us.”

The Ga-Segonyana Mayor, honourable Neo George Masegela, who led the delegation and was trying to bring an olive branch between the two parties, said that while the effort was unfortunate, it was equally too early to throw in the towel, as the community is still fresh from the tragedy.

However, the trapped and hunger-stricken Asians said that they have nowhere to go because they have families of South African origin, have title deeds on pieces of land in Bankara and know it clearly that the hostility is being fanned by a few individuals and therefore a common consensus has to be reached. Meanwhile food supplies at the caravan park are in short supply and these foreigners are eating once a day and are directly appealing to well-wishers to come to their rescue.

 

IMG 3722 The displaced foreign nationals standing aloof outside the Caravan Park house

Img 4015 The true state of the situation as hunger takes charge at Caravan Park.

The Northern Cape has become the first province to declare support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from President Jacob Zuma as leader of the governing party during the conference.
The ANC's newly elected Secretary, Deshi Nxanga, read out the provincial conference declaration on Saturday 13 May 2017. It stated that when the ANC opens its succession race, the Northern Cape would call for the tradition of the ANC deputy succeeding the president to be followed.
The resolution by the party in the province has made it the first province to declare support for Mr Ramaphosa during a conference.
“Delegates unanimously agreed that when the debate is opened by NEC [national executive committee], the ANC Northern Cape … will insist on the adherence to the tradition that [the] deputy president should be elected as president when the current president's term comes to an end,” Mr Nxanga was quoted as saying.
The ANC will elect its new leader later this year in December at its 54th national congress when Mr Zuma's term as party leader ends. Citizen

Workers Day was a hive of activity in Kuruman as opposition parties, civil society and religious groups converged at ABSA plain to consolidate the call for the President Jacob Zuma to step down.
Visible in their defining party colours, the EFF dominated the numbers, followed by COPE and a smattering of the DA members assembled as early as 09: 00 at ABSA plain before marching along Livingstone Avenue towards the bus rank, past the magistrate court joining Voortrekker Avenue and back to the starting point.
The message was vivid and crystal clear that President Jacob Zuma no longer carries statesmanship in the country, but is a mere party leader respected by a few within his circles.
The EFF Member of Parliament representing the Northern Cape Shadreck Tlhaole, a former youth provincial secretary of the ANC, said that those still clamouring support for the president suffer from cowardice or mere hypocrisy, who cannot freely express themselves in the open and acknowledge that the man has lost grip like an aging elephant. He said that the opposition is me-rely endorsing what the ANC followers are advocating for, ie that the man has done suf-ficient damage to be recalled.
The Provincial Secretary of COPE Chris Liebenberg, succinctly said that the opposi-tion has come up with a forum in the North-ern Cape to support the Save South Africa campaign. “These marches shall remain a
sour emblem towards the 2019 elections for the president. We are planning similar mar-ches throughout the province. We are happy because the civil society, NGOs and religi-ous organisations are supportive of the call that the president has become a “sacred cow” that cannot mingle with his fellow South Africans. Hence we are sending a message that he must step down as the pre-sident of the country to restore the country's integrity.
The Regional Chairperson of the EFF and organiser of the event Phenyo Ohentswe, said that the Workers Day march against Mr Zuma was to highlight the painful economic permutations that inflict workers through misguided decisions taken by the president.

The ANC Youth League in the Northern Cape says it will back Premier Sylvia Lucas to become chairperson of the province and replace John Block.

It accused Provincial ANC Secretary Zamani Saul, who is also running for the position, of manipulating the electoral processes ahead of the provincial elective conference.

The ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) in the province nominated Ms Lucas at its Provincial Executive Committee meeting on Monday 06 February 2017.

The Youth League Provincial Secretary Neo Maneng said that they had initially wanted to maintain the current leadership, but changed their mind. "We were of the view that the top four must be retained, but the attitude and insistence from the Secretary side-forced us to nominate the current Premier to be the chair. We think she can unite us," Mr Maneng said.

The Northern Cape is holding its elective conference on March 08 to replace Mr Block, who was Provincial Chairperson. He resigned in October 2015 after he was found guilty of corruption and money laundering. On December 11 last year, he was sentenced to, in effect, 15 years in jail for money laundering and corruption. He is currently appealing the sentence. News24

The Integrataed Development Plan (IDP) is the institution's key strategic planning tool, which is review-ed on an annual basis.
This IDP presents the communities of the Gamagara region with bold initiatives, strategies and programmes to give them access to quality basic services.
Public participation and engagement are the foundations on which the IDP is based and this IDP is consequently the outcome of a series of public participation meetings.
During these meetings, the political and administrative leadership talked and listened to residents and community representatives to identify their priorities and needs, which were subsequently integrated into the IDP and Budget.
The abject conditions under which some of our residents live, call for a paradigm shift in service delivery to address the unyielding triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and social inequality.
The successful implementation of the IDP and Budget, as well as the provision of sustain-
able and integrated communities, can be achieved only through a partnership between the municipality and the other spheres of government to create a single window of coordination.
The Mayor of the Gamagara municipality, Dineo Moyo, ad-dressed the community of ward one at the municipality hall. She said that they were grateful that the community of ward one came out in numbers in order to exchange views on the IDP and budget.
Despite the well presented draft, the community members could not hold back their opinions about what they viewed as an uneven IDP and budget.
They also raised issues ranging from water meters, electricity hikes, as well as the lamp posts that are being hit by reckless drivers.
The mayor advised that the document is subjected to changes if the community is not satisfied with the draft. She also said residents have until 7 May 2017 to submit letters to the Office of the Mayor to suggest changes to the draft.

The Speaker of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, Kenny Mmoiemang, and the Chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Councillor Willie Johnson, have entered into a memorandum of understanding on behalf of the Legislature and SALGA respectively.

The official signing took place on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at the Legislature.

The MOU is the product of the constitutional mandate of promoting co-operative governance and promoting public participation of all stakeholders in the law-making, oversight and public participation process. The Legislature therefore recognizes SALGA as a key stakeholder in holistically fulfilling its constitutional obligation.

Through the signing of the MOU, both the Legislature and SALGA agree to create a uniform approach in terms of which SALGA participates in the law-making, oversight and public participation processes of the Legislature, by ensuring that the voice of organized local government is represented at the provincial level. Furthermore to create an enabling environment where both SALGA and the Legislature share information on specific projects and best practices, with the purpose of strengthening and deepening the principle of participatory democracy.

As a result of the agreement, SALGA will be eligible to take part in the Legislature’s committee meetings in which items relevant to local government are discussed. Councillors from relevant Working Groups, in line with the strategic objectives of SALGA may also be invited to participate. SALGA’s contribution to the law-making processes will be escalated; Bills that affect local government will be transmitted to SALGA after introduction in the Legislature, furthermore involvement in relevant public hearings and inclusion on the development of a provincial mandate regarding a particular Bill.

However, based on the premise that SALGA members are not members of the Legislature, as espoused in the Constitution; during participation in committees, participants of SALGA would be permitted to take part in the deliberations of the committee by making oral or written representations, but will not be allowed to vote.

Considering that local government is a sphere of government in its own right; the three spheres of government (Local, Provincial and National) are independent, and exist in a unitary South Africa, meaning that they have to work together on decision-making, co-ordinate budgets, policies and activities, particularly for those functions that cut across the spheres.

As custodians of democracy, all spheres of government have an obligation to empower our people to make use of democratic processes to resolve challenges.  Most importantly, aim to instil a sense of responsibility amongst our people towards sustaining democratic governance.

The Legislature is pleased with this agreement as it will be instrumental in the law-making and oversight process and also in further promoting public participation. Office of the Speaker Northern Cape Provincial Legislature

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