A council resolution taken on the 26th of April 2017, stated that the establishment of ward committees process must be finalised in earnest.
The process is underway and will run concurrently with filling of vacancies within ward committees that have vacant positions so that these structures are fully fledged and ready to render services to the public.
Affected wards that are due for bi-elections in all sectors are Ward 32,60 and 96. The nomination process has been opened from the 23rd of May 2017 and will close on the 2nd of June 2017. Elections will then follow from the 10th until the 30th of June 2017.
Members of the public are urged to get nomination forms from Community Participation & Education Officers at their nearest Customer Care Centre, and to submit them on or before the 2nd of June, to ensure they are part of the process.
It is vital that this ward committee election process is concluded successfully as all committees' form part of ensuring effective public involvement in governance.
Ward committees act as a key liaison between the community and its elected ward councillor.
The ward committee is a statutory structure, recognised by the municipal council and is able to make recommendations to council through its ward councillor based on the needs of its ward.
It is such structures that ensure that public involvement is not a tick box exercise and that the objectives of council reflect the principles of serving the needs of the community.
A comprehensive timetable for election dates, vacant sectors and affected ward committees is attached for your information.