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National Council of Provinces visits Kouga

16 October 2017
South African Wind Energy Agency CEO Brenda Martin, NCOP members Zukiswa Ncita and Thabiso Wana, and Kouga LED Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu inside one of the wind turbines at the Jeffreys  Bay Wind Farm.

South African Wind Energy Agency CEO Brenda Martin, NCOP members Zukiswa Ncita and Thabiso Wana, and Kouga LED Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu inside one of the wind turbines at the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) visited Kouga last week (12/10) as part of its two annual visits to provinces, with Eastern Cape being the focus in this round.

Accompanied by the Eastern Cape Legislature, NCOP was represented by members Zukiswa Ncita and Thabiso Wana. Vumile Lwana was the Member of the Provincial Legislature present.

Kouga Local Economic Development (LED) Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, who accompanied the delegation, said the visit included staff from the two houses, provincial government departments and the municipality.

They visited the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm and the Eastern Cape Black Fishers Association.

Ncita said the visit was part of parliament’s oversight work, in particular where public funds are involved. The purpose is also to listen to challenges raised to them by community bodies through correspondence.

“We are the one House in our democratic system that has been given powers to hold accountable all spheres of government, from national government to a local municipality.

“Our visits are not meant to police institutions. Our aim is to identify shortcomings where we can assist and to draw lessons from best practices which can be emulated,” said Ncita.

First up was the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, where the delegation received an update on the progress of the project, the budget, their social responsibility programmes and where they sought assistance from government and the legislators.

The Fishers Association presented on the plight of fishermen when they are out at sea, as well as challenges faced by divers, fish processors and other emerging businesses in the fishing industry.

Dhludhlu said the municipality appreciated the importance of all arms of the state working together in serving communities.

“At the end of the day, we all have the same goal of ensuring that the best services reach our people and that institutions tasked with serving the public are held to account,” he said.