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Protection of public property came to the fore as MEC addresses the Amandebele Ba Lebelo community

Making his first appearance at the Amandebele ba Lebelo Annual General Meeting (AGM) after his appointment as the MEC for Departments of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and Human Settlements, MEC Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa donated a Nguni cow and 15 mini tablets to Senior Traditional Leader Kgosi KC Kekana and his traditional community at Majaneng in Hammanskraal on Saturday, 21 April 2018.

The MEC promised the rural community at the meeting that the government will work together with traditional council to improve the quality of their lives.  “After here I will go back to the office to develop a policy on how the government will develop this place,” said the MEC.

He also called upon the community under the chieftaincy not to burn government buildings but to raise their issues of concern with the Chief.  “Please don’t burn something that you have for something that you don’t have,” said the MEC Moiloa. He assured them that the rural areas will get the same service level as the urban areas.

The Nguni cow as according to African tradition shows the MEC’s recognition for Amandebele ba Lebelo nation and also encourages Kgosi to start and breed his own kraal.  The laptops will be a tool of trade to make sure that the council is professionally managed.

Hosting an annual general meeting is a legislative requirement in terms of the Traditional Leadership and Governance Framework Act No. 41 of 2003 and the Gauteng Traditional Leadership and Governance Act N0. 04 of 2010 that encourages community participation, reports on and plans for service delivery for the community. The annual general meeting is also a platform for the Senior Traditional Leader to report on the finances of the community while allowing community development workers, councillors and the municipality to share municipal plans and progress of development and the level of service delivery for the community. 

Stakeholders who attended the event included Amandebele Ba Lebelo Council of Elders, the royal families, Amakhosana, traditional councils, Amandebele Ndzundza Sokhulumi, civil society organizations, provincial government, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, religious organizations, business communities, and CoGTA officials who accompanied the MEC.