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					December 2007                                                            DIKGANG TSA MOGALE NEWS                                                                                              3


Chinese return to city                                                                                                                                           Mogale is
                                                                                                                                                                 lauded for
Mayor plans                                                                                                                                                      approach
to take local                                                                                                                                                    ... From Page 2


team on trip
                                                                                                                                                                      In his opening remarks, Mogale
                                                                                                                                                                 City’s executive manager
                                                                                                                                                                 responsible for corporate support


to Wujiang
                                                                                                                                                                 services, David Mokoena said
                                                                                                                                                                 among the duties of the committee
                                                                                                                                                                 would be consultations with the
                                                                                                                                                                               .
                                                                                                                                                                 community He assured that the
                                                                                                                                                                 processes will be transparent, and
BY SIPHO NONE                                                                                                                                                    the committee would also play a
                                                                                                                                                                 crucial role in preserving the



T
          he number of visits that                                                                                                                               geographical name heritage of the
          the Chinese delegation                                                                                                                                 people of South Africa, including
          from the city of Wujiang                                                                                                                               living heritage as well as in
          have paid to Mogale City                                                                                                                               redressing any previous language
shows that the bilateral agreement                                                                                                                               imbalances.
the two cities signed in 2003 is a                                                                                                                                                  ,
                                                                                                                                                                      Strategically the training also
clear indication that the two                                                                                                                                    rubber stamped that the committee
municipalities mean business and                                                                                                                                 be responsible for geographical
want to cement trade relations.                                                                                                                                  names within the jurisdiction of
    This is the fifth stopover the                                                                                                                               the municipality     .
Chinese delegation have made in                                                                                                                                       In addition, to take the lead in
Mogale City since the memorandum                                                                                                                                 creating community interest in the
of understanding was signed in 2003                                                                                                                              geographical names process and
between Mogale City and the city of                                                                                                                              promoting research.
Wujiang in China.                                                                                                                                                     National Geographical Names
    The visit follows the previous                                                                                                                               Committee system manager
stopover when the deputy executive                                                                                                                               Trueman Kubheka said the
mayor of Wujiang municipality      ,                                                                                                                             standardisation of geographical
Fan Jiankun, threw his weight                                                                                                                                    names in the country should be
behind the development of local        SEAT OF LEARNING: Peter Goddard (left), director of facilities at Monash University of SA, shows                          regarded as an aspect of the healing
farmers.                                                                                                                                                         and reconciliation process, within
                                       interpreter Jianghong Zeng, Fozie Patel, the mayor’s personal assistance and En De Shen, the
    However, the recent call                                                                                                                                     the broader context of social
according to Mohale Selebi, the        Chinese head of delegation, the architectural impression of the university.                                               transformation agenda.
political support services executive                                                                                                                                  “The Truth and Reconciliation
manager in the office of the mayor,    with the Chinese.”                      surrounds, which the Maropeng             and Rice and City of Silk.              Commission, for example,
was a courtesy drop-in on mayor            Selebi said various sectors of      Interpretation Centre in the Cradle       Agriculture co-operatives               recommended the re-naming of
Koketso Calvin Seerane by the city     government and sections of the          of humankind, Monash University           in Wujiang were among the               geographical features as a form
of Wujiang.                            municipality will join the mayor        of South Africa, the Discovery            best in China, with 31                  of symbolic reparations to address
    “The two cities have signed a      in his next visit to China.             Lodge and the Walter Sisulu               professionals co-operatives,            SA’s unjust past,” said Kubheka.
memorandum of understanding                He said the inclusion of            Botanical Gardens.                        20 agriculture associations and 1            At the inauguration it emerged
long before, and the current           community members and                       “What fascinates us is the            55 farmers’ partnership                 that the formation of the committee
stopover was a courtesy call from      government sectors was a call           cleanliness of the city and its           organisations.                          should follow national government
their side,” Selebi said. “            made by the head of the                 people. Your city is very clean               Wujiang farms 39 agricultural       guidelines on naming places,
    However, based on the              Chinese delegation.                     and the people are friendly   .           products, including nursery             derived from the Constitution.
agreement signed in 2003, we are           “The head of the delegation             “This year in June and October        forestry silkworm breeding and
                                                                                                                                   ,                                  However, it will advise the
treating the relationship with the     requested we send in various            last year we came to Mogale City          mulberry trees.                         municipality on the standardiation
city of Wujiang very seriously   .     sectors of the government as well       because we have formed a solid                It has an egg and poultry           of names of geographical features,
We felt humbled by the visit and       as officials from our public safety     foundation and want to do more on         hatchery for 100-million ducklings.     and receive and process suggestions
want to strengthen the relationship    department.                             mutual exchange programmes in                 Wujiang public safety bureau        for name changes from the
further.”                                  “This entourage will include,       different aspects,” he said, through      director HengFu Yu said: “Every         communities of Mogale City      .
    Selebi said the two cities had     among others, officials from the        Jianhong Zeng.                            field is important for us and public         The director responsible for
committed to formalising the           departments of education, justice           “Like ordinary people we should       safety is a very critical aspect of a   geographical name changes at the
relationship, and the visits would     and SA Police Service.                  understand one another better and         city We will have to find areas of
                                                                                                                             .                                   Gauteng Department of Arts &
not only be seen as corresponding          “Infact, we looked a step further   this visit will set the ball rolling to   common interest that will benefit       Culture, Neo Moerane, gave a
visits without actual businesses and   to include community members to         understand Mogale City better in          both cities.                            presentation on guidelines on the
service delivery taking place.         be part of the programme, where         fields such as economy agriculture
                                                                                                         ,                   “We intend taking the local         scope and functions of the
    He said on the next visit to       emphasis will be on youth exchange      and other areas within the city’s         guys to our city and bring ours         committee.
Wujiang, Seerane will include          programmes.”                            public safety  .                          this side so that the two                    Moerane indicated that the
community members as part of his           Speaking to Dikgang tsa Mogale          “We want to engage young people       departments could share                 committee will look at the
entourage.                             through an interpreter the head         in exchange programmes and also           experiences and exchange ideas          jurisdiction, street names, parks,
    “To demonstrate the seriousness    of delegation and chairperson of        strengthen our programmes in              on how to protect our residents,        cemeteries, municipal buildings,
of the bilateral between the cities,   the Jiangsu Wujiang city committee      technology   .”                           and make sure that we increase          squares and township and should
the mayor said he will include         of the Communist Party of                   Wujiang, also known as Luxiang,       our knowledge in this field.”           facilitate, liaise, and safeguard the
members of the community who           China En De Shen, was over the          has been famous since ancient times           The 7-member delegation from        principles.
specialise in different fields and     moon about his first hand               for its agriculture.                      China included an interpreter and a          “The stakeholder consultation,
will share their experiences           knowledge of Mogale City and it’s           It is also known as Land of Fish      tour guide.                             seeks to gain the by-in of the
                                                                                                                                                                                        ,
                                                                                                                                                                 affected community and also
                                                                                                                                                                 attempts to weigh the impact and
                                                                                                                                                                 implication of the proposed change .


Oldies show why they are still goldies
                                                                                                                                                                      “Therefore, it is imperative to
                                                                                                                                                                 achieve sufficient consultation by
                                                                                                                                                                 including all segments within the
                                                                                                                                                                 affected space,” said Moerane, who
                                                                                                                                                                 congratulated Mogale City on the
BY SIPHO NONE                                                                                       STILL                answered to the invitation and          approach it is taking.
                                                                                                    PRODUCTIVE:          competed on various exhibits                 Respective delegates were happy
If the lights did not have to be                                                                    Members of           ranging from beadwork to                with the approach that Mogale City
turned off at the city’s Centenary                                                                  the luncheon         homemade candles, brick                 took, particularly in the sense that
Hall recently where the Elderly                                                                                          manufacturing and plastic-              its committee was established in
                                                                                                    clubs show
Awards ceremony was held, the                                                                                            knitted shoes.                          accordance with the provisions and
senior citizens would probably
                                                                                                    off the                  Despite receiving no prize m        guidelines of the enabling
still be out on the dance floor                                                                     trophies and         oney for their hard work on the         legislation.
celebrating.                                                                                        certificates         merchandise, the “oldies” followed           The workshop was closed by the
    The elderly wanted to enjoy and                                                                 received in          the in the steps of late rhythm and     chairperson of the committee,
celebrate the annual awards till the                                                                recognition          blues singer Aaliyah’s lyrics: “Age     Molefe Phetoe.
early hours of the morning.                                                                         of their hard        Ain’t Nothing But a Number” and              The committee comprises
    The honour emanates from the                                                                    work.                they went a step further to prove       members who are well-known
sweat of their labour endured at                                                                                         that age is no damper to creativity.                ,
                                                                                                                                                                 in the city including former city
their luncheons.                       curtain down on the year-long           elderly month, was organised by the           Some of the artifacts were made     deputy director Dr Janet du Plooy;
    The celebration, which was         exhibition and trade warfare that       social upliftment sub-cluster, under      from raw material such as wax and       the small, medium and micro
punctuated by ululations and           has pitted “oldies” from around         the social services department.           plastics to produce candles and the     enterprise unit acting manager
roaring cheers, was a reward for       Mogale City again each others on           Following an exhibition in the         now fashionable plastic shoes.          Glaudi Turner; Mohale Selebi,
showing how sharp and prudent          various merchandises.                   foyer of the city’s museum last               The trade fare was original and     executive manager in the mayor’s
they are on matters creative.                            ,
                                          The ceremony which also              month, of the 14 luncheons formed         in line with the Proudly South          Office; and the city’s heritage
    The awards ceremony drew the       recognised the month of October as      around Mogale City only 11                African campaign.                       specialist, Ishmael Mbhokodo.

				
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