On Friday 20 March, Amathole District Municipality (ADM), in partnership with Nkonkobe Local Municipality (NLM) held a Civic Education Programme to educate community members about the functions and powers of both municipalities.
ADM Speaker, Councillor Samnkelo Janda said: “The purpose of the programme is to empower communities with knowledge so that they can effectively participate in governance.
“This comes after the diagnosis report by both the Presidency and the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department (COGTA) that led to the National Development Plan (NDP) and the assessment that led to the Back to Basics Program respectively, emphasized the empowerment of communities with knowledge if we are to strengthen governance in the country.”
Communities were taught on “Understanding how Local Government works” and the “Public Participation Concept”.
Nkonkobe Local Municipality Finance Portfolio Head Councillor Shirlly Matyila who was the Acting Mayor for the day also stressed the importance of empowering communities with information on the functions of government so that people can take advantage of government services.
She said: “In a democratic society the people govern and that means for people to be able to govern effectively they need to be capacitated well enough.”
Written by: Lebohang Mothlabane