Summer Initiation Season:

Preparations towards the customary male initiation practice (Ulwaluko) summer season are ready for execution. Plans are in place flowing from the consultation processes that have been undertaken with key stakeholders throughout the Eastern Cape Province.

“As the Executive Council we have deliberated on the matter and will make our comprehensive submission detailing our plans to mitigate the spread of Covid19 pandemic. Once we have made our submission to the national government, we hope it will pave the way towards the opening of the summer season under strict adherence to Covid19 regulations and health protocols. We want to ensure that the customary initiation practice ensues in manner that preserves human life” said MEC Nqatha.

Key stakeholders that have been engaged are unanimous in their call to government to allow the summer season of ulwaluko to go ahead.   The key stakeholders that have been consulted include but not limited to District and Metro traditional initiation Forums, traditional leaders, Inkolo kaNtu, SA Council of Churches, Sector departments, SA Police Services, Non-Governmental Organisations and the National Prosecuting Authority.

“These and other key stakeholders have indicated their support and readiness for the summer season committing both their human and financial resources for safe season. We dare not disappoint them,” he said.

The MEC added that given the Covid 19 pandemic, parents, families, traditional leaders and communities at large should play their roles to save lives and the dignity of isiko lokwaluka. Customary initiation is our pride and identity hence it must be protected by all, men and women alike. No child must die in both seasons of ulwaluko.

Intervention in Municipalities:

The Provincial Government has over the period intervened in a number of municipalities to ensure administrative stability, this has been done through the provision of section 139 and 154 of the constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

The section 154 interventions as approved by Eastern Cape Executive Council are yielding positive results where they are well received and supported. The appointment of municipal managers in Matatiele and Sakhisizwe municipalities is testimony of that. Bringing administrative stability in municipalities remains our priority.

In the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality, the Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Council took a resolution to invoke the provisions of section 139(1)(a) of the Constitution to intervene in the municipality.

However, the Deputy Executive Mayor purportedly acting on behalf of the municipality instituted an application in the Grahamstown High Court challenging the intervention. The application was dismissed with costs. The Deputy Executive Mayor has now made an application for leave to appeal. The application for leave to appeal is opposed by the provincial government and has also filed a counter application in this regard.

 “The Municipality has to date failed to develop a clear plan with set dates on the process to implement all that has been recommended by Deloitte & Touche and National Treasury for mSCOA implementation,” said MEC Nqatha

Grant funds amounting to R753,8 million in respect of the last quarter of the 2019/2020 financial year and R498 million in respect of the first quarter of the 2020/2021 financial year are being withheld by National Treasury due to the non-compliance of the Municipality with National Treasury requirements.

The United Front has now instituted an application in the Grahamstown High Court seeking an order declaring the impending action of national treasury to withhold the municipality’s equitable share unlawful and unconstitutional.

Appoint of the New Head of Department:

As the Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs we welcomed the appointment of Mr Andile Fani as the new Head of Department as announced by the Eastern Cape Premier Hon. Oscar Mabuyane. He  takes over the reins from Ms Gabisile Gumbi-Masilela who resigned from the position early this year. Mr Fani is a talented and committed administrator with wealth of experience in public service having occupied various positions in the provincial government and in municipalities

He holds National Diploma in Public Management and Administration from Border Technikon (WSU), Diploma in Labour law from Graduate Institute of Management and Technology and Honours Degree in Administration from the University of Western Cape. He also holds certificates in Municipal Financial Management, Disciplinary Procedures and Local Government Management

“Mr Fani is a brilliant administrator and brings with him a wealth of experience in provincial and local government. Mr Fani has met all the requirements of the post. I wish him all the best and success in his new responsibility” said MEC Nqatha

For further information, please contact Mr Mamnkeli Ngam (Department spokesperson) on 071685791 or Makhaya Komisa (MLO) on 0663818259