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					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
                                                                                                                          Africa.
                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                      fancy houses.
                                               (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
                                                                                                                          different businesses.
                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                          guitarist and
                                                                                                                          newsmaker from
                                                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                                                           from other
 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
                                                                                                                          West Rand
                                                                                                                          District Mayor
                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                     side.
                                                                                                                                                                     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?

				
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