The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize will undertake an oversight visit to Stutterheim and Keiskammahoek in Amahlathi Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province on Friday 03 May 2009
The Minister will be joined by the MEC of CoGTA, Mr Fikile Xasa and will together engage stakeholders and the community to report back on issues raised last year during their engagement with the community of Keiskammahoek.
There was a relationship breakdown between the municipality and the community which led to a service delivery protests over a year ago. Sadly two people died during the public protests that took place and led to the Minister’s intervention.
The community for raised the following concerns amongst others:
a) poor service delivery by the municipality and government departments in the area;
b) political instability;
c) non-existence of public participation platforms; and
d) the unstable arm of municipal administration, which led to maladministration.
e) The provincial and internal roads are dilapidated, which makes it hard to attract investment in the town of Keiskammahoek.
f) At the core of the conflict is access to housing and renovations for poorly built RDP houses,
g) access to running water,
h) education and scholar transport,
i) better health care systems,
j) employment creation and
k) allegations of fraud and corruption by the municipality.
Progress has been made through the intervention plan development after the visit of Minister Mkhize last year, which will be reported to the community tomorrow.