3 May 2018
Highlighting the different services, support and projects delivered to the Drakenstein community by the different spheres of government, Drakenstein Municipality's Integrated Development Plan (IDP) Representative Forum Engagement on 3 May 2018 offered around 120 stakeholder representatives more insight into service delivery plans for 2018/19.
The session, held in the Paarl East Thusong Centre, sparked lively public participation, with questions and comments on various subjects - ranging from water-harvesting best practice, local business expansion, job creation, security, to school transport.
Starting the session, Councillor Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor of Drakenstein, said: "We should all use this opportunity to address those key issues that, if addressed, will unlock the potential opportunities for socio-economic growth in our area."
Sector departments (such as health, social services, engineering services and planning) of Drakenstein Municipality, the Cape Winelands District Municipality and the Western Cape Government gave insight into their draft budgets, projects and plans for the upcoming financial year.
"The National Department of Cooperative Governance, SALGA and the Provincial Department of Local Government strongly recommend municipalities to establish IDP Representative Forums to strengthen public participation in the participatory democracy processes of municipalities," said Executive Mayor Poole.
He invited the attendees to join hands with Drakenstein Municipality. "Through the efforts of all of us, we can develop Drakenstein. I believe your input will be constructive and will move us all further towards our vision of a city of excellence."
Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality