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KSDM and City of Surrey Partnership to Improve KSD Lives

KSDM, City of Surrey-Canadian Municipality, FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) and South African Local Government Association (SALGA) converged under one roof for a week 09-13 October 2017. The aim of the gathering was to pave a way forward regarding a developmental partnership forged by KSDM and City of Surrey-Canadian Municipality. This partnership came as a result of a deal stroke by FCM and SALGA to implement ‘Building Inclusive Green Municipalities’ programme (BIGM) which is a programme that seeks to strengthen the capacity of specific municipalities in the Eastern Cape Province in order to contribute to poverty reduction and support of local economic growth. KSD is part of six municipalities in the Eastern Cape selected to implement the said programme.

SALGA Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson Mxolisi Koyo appreciated the Municipality for showing enthusiasm to make this partnership a reality “it is exciting to see this initiative started by SALGA to partner with the international municipalities being realised”, he said. The chairperson further urged partners involved to take the partnership seriously for the benefit of communities.
KSD is amongst the six Eastern Cape municipalities that have been selected to implement the BIGM programme. Other municipalities are Mbizana, Ngqushwa, Port St Johns, Kouga and Ndlambe. Three municipalities are anchored by Buffalo City and other three by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan. The programme which has been funded by Global Affairs with a tune of R5.8 million, SALGA and FCM also contributing 10% to the fund will see communities benefiting, especially women, youth and vulnerable groups through piloted community projects.

Addressing the session, KSD Executive Mayor, Councillor Dumani Zozo said that the municipality has huge development opportunities that can improve the economy of this region. “It is a privilege to us as KSD to be part of this SALGA and FCM partnership and we commit ourselves to make it a success. As KSD, we have introduced an economic model that will allow every ward to have its economic features for communities to generate means and be self-reliant. This partnership with City of Surrey will assist us towards achieving that goal”, he said.
The Municipal Manager of City of Surrey, Mr. Vincent Lalonde also appreciated the partnership with KSD saying that “We are very grateful for this collaboration and we are looking forward to work with KSD Municipality. We have a lot of similarities in terms of the population size, poverty and diverse culture.

The delegation also to visited trading centres around the City of Mthatha, these include the following: Furntech, Amina chemicals at Vulindlela Heights; kwaNtozonke, Transido Township then went down to Mqanduli Milling Plant and Hole in the Wall which has been earmarked for a small habour development.

Nobantu Sirayi from kwa Ntozonke Informal Traders stated that they were happy for the visit and wish that this collaboration will also help them to grow and improve their businesses. “If we could be assisted with trainings for us to get certificates and be able to sew even for companies or government departments. The sew machines and tables we use are old and this building also needs a facelift”, she said.
The partnership will see the two municipalities working together on areas of capacity building and crafting of inclusive Local Economic Development Strategy. The project is set for a period of 4 years.