With Council's support,
disaster-affected households are set to receive increased emergency assistance.
At yesterday's Mayoral Committee Meeting Human Settlements MMC Nqaba Bhanga
proposed that emergency kits include more than just blankets, to reduce the
impacts of disasters on our most vulnerable
instances where alternative land has to be identified as an interim solution,
the municipality will also install provisional water and sanitation services
with the provincial government providing temporary housing
The Executive Director for Human
Settlements, Nolwandle Gqiba, has been given the authority to develop the
improved emergency support kits.
Over the years, the municipality has been affected by heavy rains, floods
and building collapses that have affected many families. Previously the response
to these disasters was insufficient, which is why the newly elected government
is looking to make these important changes.
The Local Government Systems Act 32 of
2000 Section 51 (a) instructs municipalities to, and within their administrative
and financial capacity, establish and organise its administration in a manner
that would enable it to be responsive to the needs of the local
Having assessed the existing Municipality's emergency support
programme, it is clear that more needed to be done in the wake of disasters. This
government is hard at work, developing an administration that hears communities
and responds accordingly.
For far too long under former
administrations, residents were left without adequate service delivery. Those
days are over and we are now moving towards an era characterised by fairness for
Issued by the office of the Executive Mayor,
Cllr Athol Trollip