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Serve&Deliver

Serve&Deliver

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Three Crowns and Hangklip High School students exchanginginformation about the sustainable commons project as part oftheir curriculum.
COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGEChris Hani District Municipality 
Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) has beenrecognised for its work in the global battle against climatechange. On 4 November 2011, CHDM was presented withan award recognising best innovation in the public sector,at the 9th Public Sector Innovation Conference hosted by 
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Award received by Chris Hani District Municipality for developingand rolling out an environmental and climate change mitigation andadaptation, and a blueprint that can be replicated across the continent.The greenhouse to keep thehouse warm during cold daysand cool during hot days.
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Serve and Deliver 
 – a showcase of the groundworkthat is being done in the variouscommunities, municipal regions,as well as the local heroes andexceptional projects. Be the voiceof local government.
the Creative Problem Solving Institute.The municipality, along with the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Department of Education andEskom, has been instrumental in the establishment of aschool-community project that encourages students toinnovate alternative energy designs. Submissions included agreenhouse made of recycled plastic bottles, a solar cookerand a solar water heater.A total of 170 learners and staff from the Three CrownsSchool in Lady Frere benefitted from this pilot project,which intends to improve their learning experience and livesthrough an Integrated Biogas System. The beauty of thesesubmissions is in their simplicity. The fact that the projectsare made from readily-available materials means that they can easily be replicated throughout the CHDM jurisdiction.The impressive example set by CHDM in the area of environmental health demonstrates an acknowledgement of theimportant role of local government in taking action againstclimate change through the education and mobilisation of thecommunities on the ground. (
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Councillor Nonzukiso Matiwane, Portfolio Head: Healthand Community Services, flanked by Francois Nel,Director: Health and Community Services (right) andWESSA representative (left).One of the methods of growing vegetables.
REDUCING WATERBORNE DISEASEOR Tambo District Municipality
OR Tambo District Municipality are taking action in water access and supply. Through the establishment of the Regional WaterSupply Scheme (which cost R206 million and created over 4 500 temporary jobs in the area) it was hoped that the project wouldcontribute to a reduction in incidences of waterborne diseases.The steps taken by municipal authorities to tackle water supply and sanitation in the Eastern Cape are impressive. It is hopedthat municipalities throughout the country will learn from these experiences and implement similar projects to provide the basichuman right of access to clean water in their communities. (
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EDUCATING THE YOUTHAmathole District Municipality
On 6 February 2012 the Amathole District Municipality’sExecutive Mayor, Councillor Nomasikizi Konza embarkedon a week-long programme to promote education of rural youths in the Eastern Cape.Councillor Konza and the mayoral committee visiteda number of rural schools, such as Nkintshana SeniorPrimary School in Xhora and JS Skenjana High Schoolin Dutywa, to address learners and distribute vital itemsof clothing.The series of school visits were part of a drive topromote the ‘Adopt a School’ Programme, whereby localbusinesses are encouraged to support a local school in any way they can, either financially or through the donationof various resources.Amathole District Municipality has demonstratedan acknowledgement of the importance of educationin the development of these rural communities wheremany residents survive on old-age grants or child grantsreceived from the government.In a speech made at JS Skenjana High School, MayorKonza stressed the importance of a holistic solution thatincluded a variety of stakeholders in the promotion of education, saying: ‘We are [also] calling on everyone whois involved in the education of a child – parent or teacher– to prioritise the educational needs of our children overanything else. We cannot and dare not compromise inthe issue of education. Our future is in your hands.’(
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THE LEGACY OF A LOCAL HERO
25 February 2012
Thousands descended on Bloemfontein to pay their last respects toIsabella Winkie Direko, the Free State’s former Premier and distinguished community leader. Direko was honoured with an official provincial funeral and flags flew at half-mast throughout the Free State.Born in 1929 in Botshabelo, Bloemfontein, Direko became involved in politics inthe 1940s. She was elected as an MP in 1994 and also served as a member of theNational Council of Provinces from 1994 to 1999, but she will be most rememberedby citizens of the Free State for her involvement in community development. Beforeshe began her formal career as a politician she was a successful teacher and taughta number of ANC leaders. She was also appointed a chancellor at the University of the Free State where she became the first black person and woman to hold the position. Direko was instrumental inthe establishment of Bloemfontein’s branch of the National Institute of Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders(NICRO). She used the NGO to put pressure on magistrates to pay attention to the conditions afforded to detainees andorganised legal assistance for community members charged with political cases. In 1993 Direko was named Bloemfonteinerof the Year for her outstanding contribution to the local community. (
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The late Free State Premier IsabellaWinkie Direko.
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AUSTRALIA SOUTH AFRICA PARTNERSHIP
The Australia South Africa Local Governance Partnership(ASALGP) officially comes to an end in March 2012,although many of the relationships it has spawned areexpected to continue. ASALGP supports the developmentof South African local government through a practicalpartnership; building skills, ability and knowledge of peoplein local and provincial government to help provide servicesto people living in poverty.One of the key objectives of the ASALGP was thecreation of long-term relationships between South Africanand Australian municipalities. The partnership programmesaw the linking of municipalities in South Africa andAustralia over time with the goal of sharing knowledge andexperience in specific areas where both municipalities hadan interest.These included financial management, performancemanagement, service delivery and intergovernmentalrelations. Below are some of the 14 partnership programmeactivities that were begun:
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION TECHNIQUESMatjhabeng Local Municipality
Three people from Matjhabeng Local Municipality travelledto Australia and were hosted by Brisbane City Council tofind out more about public participation techniques usedthere. As a direct result of the study tour, Matjhabengintends to launch a new approach to gender equity inpublic participation, especially through ward committees.Brisbane is also examining a system similar to wardcommittees for Brisbane City as a result of the visit of theSouth Africans.
MICRO ENTERPRISES THAT PROVIDE SERVICEUmkhanyakude District Municipality
The partnership between Umkhanyakude District Muni-cipality and Wanneroo in western Australia was aboutcreating a relationship to share knowledge and expertise onlocal economic development for the creation of jobs.Much learning has been achieved through this relationshipfor the municipal staff and women’s businesses about microenterprise (ME) support and the contribution that MEs canmake in terms of local economic development and poverty reduction. It is hoped that the relationships created as aresult of this project will provide opportunities for peopleto share their successes and achievements and learn moreabout other local government initiatives, and that this inturn will enable them to better fulfill their mandate of providing quality services to their communities.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR WINEMAKERSLetsameng Municipality
The partnership between Barossa in South Australia andLetsameng Municipality in the Free State enabled theexchange of information, knowledge and people in relationto the role of winemaking in developing tourism. AndrewCameron and Kevin Hoskin of the Barossa area of SouthAustralia near Adelaide also successfully completed theirreturn leg to South Africa. These two passed on informationabout local economic development opportunities in schoolsregarding winemaking, as well as lots of helpful informationabout how municipalities work in Australia. Barossa andLetsameng have since signed a formal memorandum of understanding between them about their work togetherover the years. (
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IMPROVED WATER SUPPLIESJoe Gqabi District Municipality
 Water supply projects are top of the agenda for most Eastern Cape municipalities. These have visibly taken action toincrease access to clean water within their communities. Many areas within this region are very rural and access toinfrastructure is very low. In the past, people within these communities have been left with no other option but to sourcetheir water from high risk sources such as dams, rivers and boreholes.Owing to the support from the Municipal Infrastructure Grants (MIG) fund and commitment from local leaders,projects have been implemented to improve water supplies.One example of such a project is that executed by Joe Gqabi District Municipality, namely The Mt Fletcher Bulk  Water Supply Scheme. The total cost of this project was just under R81 million. Not only has this scheme increasedaccess to a clean water supply for the communities of Mt Fletcher and its 19 surrounding villages, but it has alsoenhanced economic growth in the area through the creation of 182 job opportunities. (
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