George has once again proven itself as a first rate city – receiving warm congratulations from Premier Helen Zille on our clean audit status as well as the ability and capacity to act as the first host city of the Provincial Government Cabinet Outreach programme this week.
The session enabled engagement with local stakeholders and was a report back on the Western Cape Governments progress to date on service delivery in line with the provinces mandate. The event was attended by a diverse group of invited guests from neighbouring municipalities including Mayors, Deputy Mayors, business, agricultural and religious leaders, representatives of regional offices of government, NGO’s, Community Police Forums as well as the media.
Mayor Charles Standers in his welcome to Premier Zille and her full cabinet on Tuesday made note of the many successes of George Municipality: “George with its strategic location and superior infrastructure, is widely recognized as one of the best performing and effective B-municipalities in South Africa. This is emphasized by our 2011/12 Clean Audit Report, Blue drop status as well as winner of the 2013 Eco-Logic award received recently as adjudicated by Enviropedia, Santam and SABC 3.”
It is a feather in our cap that George has the capacity to host such a successful event with exceptional service delivery from our law enforcement officers, traffic department and municipal staff. Minister Ivan Meyer, Cultural Affairs and Sport Western Cape praised the leadership shown by George Municipality.
Following the feedback session, the Premier and Cabinet were transported via bus throughout George to view several municipal project sites including the Pacaltsdorp N2 Interchange and new pedestrian bridge – to ease traffic volumes and assist with pedestrian safety; the Rosedale safe city project – a deforestation and job creation project; the Thembalethu upgrading of informal settlements program (UISP); Nelson Mandela Boulevard – a permanent memento in the Year of Honouring Nelson Mandela; the CCTV camera project – aimed at reducing the crime rate and finally the training of traffic wardens to compliment our current traffic and law enforcement officers as well as being a job creation project.
“We are proud to be given the opportunity to showcase our beautiful city today, as host of the outreach programme which encourages the sharing of information, networking, enhancing public participation, report back to our Citizens and participation in Government” said Mayor Charles Standers.