August 2007 DIKGANG TSA MOGALE COMMENT 5
Planning for a Be grateful for
success but don’t
brighter future forget our roots
The Mogale City management has ,
that leaks out as poverty HIV/Aids
adopted the Mogale City Five Year BY CLIFFORD MOGOTSI and unemployment.
We know some have done
Strategic Plan at the last year’s Let’s face it, democracy brought us so
many exciting things in our
wonders in addressing such areas of
melancholy Some continue to donate
bosberaad. The strategy seeks to communities and the rest of South
blankets and foot parcels to the
needy while others assist on
improve service delivery and business Our people are relishing the
sweetness of the new South Africa.
employing the locals.
However, others don’t mind the
re-engineering. Sipho None speaks to Ordinary black people are
climbing the hierarchical structures
afternoon smell of coal smoke
emanating from nearby chimneys in
Municipal Manager Dan Mashitisho of big companies and top
government positions. Well, others
the township, while others migrate to
(pictured) about the strategy, its have inflated their bank accounts out
of wealth they’ve either stashed
Well, at times people are
bewildered by the notion that leaders
content and implications away or sourced from tenders and
should be protected from enemies. In
the past, our enemies where racist
Surely you’d agree that we now whites who lived in suburbs. Agree!!
SIPHO NONE (SN): Mogale City have said that by November last organisational design. have leaders who also hail from our And now our brothers and sisters
has adopted the strategy under year we would come up with the We have budgeted for the new and own backyards. live with them.
your leadership. This has happen in critical infrastructure backlog plan. old structure for transitional In Mogale City alone, we have the I mean, you grew up with a person
Mogale City for the first time. (SN): During the adoption of the purposes. likes of former mayor Oupa uttering proper Tswana dialects, and
What is your take on it? strategy I understand that you had (SN): Do you have alternatives to Motingoa, a real in a new
DAN MASHITISHO (DM): The adopted a macro-structure needed deal with those challenges? Munsieville dude, democracy a ,
good thing is that we outlined the .
to drive the strategy What is the (DM): We are working with other Speaker of West A
‘ ll of these people snobbish human
things we need to do. There are difference between the ‘old and spheres of government and the Rand District would brag
clear Key Performance Indicators new’ structure? Gauteng Department of Provincial Eunice Tlhoki know their roots through a nasal or
(KPI’s) and targets. We are not (DM): We have realised that the old and Local Government has Segatlhe, rather plastic
working in a vacuum so we will be structure was bloated and based on been helpful in that regard. They streetwise and different role American accent
revising the plan annually to see if lots of Silos. Functions that have played a crucial role in Munsieviller, that the
we have achieved our targets. We belonged together were separated, financing the strategic session. former mayor God wants them to townships are not
are not going to operate in an whereas the new structure We also believe that the West Rand Lentswe safe. What
environment where there is no promotes synergy The old
. District Municipality still has to Mokgatle, a play to completely chocolate-coated
clear strategy and plan. In fact the
plan is a statutory requirement and
structure created confusion and
unnecessary red tapes and
come on board to support the
transformation that is taking
remove the hogwash.
Are we saying
all municipalities are bound to have
it, and this shows that we are
disintegration. The new structure
is based on the strategy that we
place here. Whilst the
transformation is challenging,
the dusty streets
of Kagiso, former
remaining scar blacks are not safe
complying. It’s a great achievement
that we have adopted such a plan.
have developed. Structure must
always follow strategy and not vice-
the challenges are manageable,
because of the support from
of apartheid’ blacks?
However, I am
(SN): Would you in a nutshell versa. political leadership, employees Sister Bernard not saying all
outline the content of the strategy? (SN): When will the structure be and labour in the Ncube, our suburban blacks
(DM): The content is simple in fully implemented? municipality . beloved mother from Kagiso 1 and are a bunch of impolite individuals,
that you have the vision, mission, (DM): From July 1 2007, when the (SN): The core value of the our number one resident mayor but there is a population of mental
motto and values. So those new budget kicks in. Strategic Plan is geared towards Koketso Calvin Seerane, a socialite midgets who forgets that they
components are crucial from the (SN): What do you think are the improving “service delivery and who prefers life of kasi than the where born at Leratong and nog al,
strategic management point of challenges facing the business re-engineering”, and yet it suburbs. The list of our political schooled at not-so-fancy township
view. We started by doing a SWOT implementation of the structure? [Strategic Plan] is themed icons in endless. schools.
analysis and this informed us as to (DM): The issue of change “Business as unusual”. Can you We also have galaxies of business What’s wrong with us?
where the city was before we management is one of the explain what does that suppose to people who hail from our townships. We know charity begins at home
develop the plan. Our strategic challenges. Some people resist mean. I’m referring to people like the and that we need to respect each
objectives are linked to the change whilst some welcome it. (DM): It means we are not going well-known law practitioner, Themba other. Let’s not ignore the fact that a
constitutional objectives of local Senior managers did not show to do things in the same way Langa, the Mokales, Tlholoes, person is a person because of others.
government [Chapter 7 of the any sign of resistance, in fact we did in the past. Those bad Nobelas, Shimis, Busang Moiloa, However, not all of us are rotten
constitution]. they participated objectively practices will not be tolerated. and so more. potatoes and I would like to bow my
(SN): What is the way forward even if they knew that this We are aspiring to achieve an And, surly both local business and head to those leaders who continue to
regarding the implementation of would probably affect their jobs. unqualified opinion from the political gurus knows that they owe respect fellow countrymen. In
the strategy? Financial resources is also one of Auditor General. Part of our their success to residents of this city. particular, thanks to our regular
(DM): The implementation started the issues that we have to deal with, strategy is to be strict on co- This goes without saying that all township visitor mayor Seerane, you
immediately and we must in that we needed to budget for operative governance, and we must of these people know their roots and did not forget life of kasi. Our
understand that different things are people who may not be comply with the applicable different roles God wants them to residents especially the Muldersdrift
implemented in different times. We accommodated by the legislature. play to completely remove the people do catch my drift.
remaining scar of apartheid. A mark You are the man.
Why I’m in a serious frump over an illegal hump
BY CLIFFORD MOGOTSI respect traffic rules. ,
Most irritatingly before is a street called Thababosiu at
In these so-called modern days,
driving a car on the streets of any
Surely you’ll agree that
there are still cases of
children knocked down by Mogale normal vehicles can pass
over the death hump,
driver should swivel the
Extension 12 in Kagiso. As you turn
into that street, you are greeted by
this concrete mound that is on top of
township is so hip and cool, as
young people would say
Surely without any thought of
hijackings and so forth, it is
speeding vehicles, but the
rate has dropped.
It is of course
everybody’s business to
musings steering wheel slowly to
the left or right,
manovering to the other
a flatly laid cement pillar.
I mean, this is a shocking death
trap that locals allege was built by a
local shebeen boss to stop cars from
pleasurable. I mean you swiftly visit come up with measures, to Though motorists do running over his inebriated
friends and families wherever they ensure our kids are safe while not only damaging vehicles and the best they can with this piercing customers.
are while laying low in your playing on our streets. causing chaos in the streets, they pass, a screeching sound As far as I am concerned,
automobile. However, I am utterly gatvol also deface our townships. underneath the car signals a green whoever assembled that hump
However, up and down travels with inept individuals who continue ,
Customarily legal humps are light to go. should consider asking the
are also cautioned by road signs sprawling our streets with stone spotted nicely with a well shaped tar I know most drivers have gone municipality for a proper speed
hinting speed humps a few meters mountains they inanely call speed that is conspicuously painted with through this ordeal and surely they hump. This is way out of the
ahead. Thanks to the government humps. yellow lines that are designed to be are sick of these obstructions. acceptable limits of a normal hump.
for slowing down the Michael Yes, I am referring to illegal seen by motorist at night. Believe you me, there are streets You can imagine what happens at
Schumachers of ekasi. speed humps that are hastily built However, with death traps, there that do get on your nerves as you night as motorists pass this hump,
These road bumps are very by our untutored road experts, are no yellow lines and the height cruise around Kasi visiting friends cars becomes airplanes flying over
effective in saving our children and professional charlatans. requires one to drive a caterpillar and family . to nearby yards.
elders from maniacs who don’t All these rock-hard swellings are tractor. You haven’t seen anything. There Sounds dangerous, right?