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									6                                                                         DIKGANG TSA MOGALE NEWS                                                                                September 2007



Mogale’s connection to her Chinese ‘twin’ is still going strong

Sister cities
have much
to exchange
BY SIPHO NONE AND CLIFFORD MOGOTSI      have to encourage our local people
                                        and create business opportunities
          he deputy executive mayor     for them through the exchanged


T         of the People’s
          Government of Wujiang
                       ,
          municipality Fan Jiankun,
threw his weight behind the
development of local farmers,
                                        programmes. At local level we need
                                        to encourage students in both cities
                                        to visit and study in the fields of
                                        agriculture.”
                                            This is the fourth Chinese
sending a strong signal that the        delegation to visit Mogale City since
Chinese municipality wanted to          2000. The visit serves to build on the
boost and cement trade relations        recent return visit by Mogale City
with Mogale City  .                     executive mayor Koketso Calvin
   Jiankun, who led his city’s          Seerane and his entourage, which
agriculture entourage, was              included business people.
speaking at the business briefing           Wujiang is famous for its            TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE: Mogale City’s Portfolio Head for Finance Farouk Bhayat welcomes the
session with local business people at   agriculture. It is also known as the     deputy mayor of Wujiang municipality, Fan Jiankun. Several plans for development were discussed.
the city’s Mayor’s Parlour, with the    “land of fish and rice” and the “city
emphasis on creating strong trade       of silk" for its abundant agricultural      Wujiang has 39 large-scale            in the office of the mayor, who was       Wujiang and learn how the Chinese
relations on agriculture.               products and cultivated land.            agricultural products such as            facilitating the businesses briefing      are developing farming.
   The pint-sized Jiankum said the          According to Fan, the                                 ,
                                                                                 nursery forestry silkworm                session, said the relationship               “This relationship would benefit
“twinning agreement” signed             agriculture cooperatives in Wujiang      breeding, mulberry growing base          between the two cities would benefit      Mogale City immensely as a
between the two cities in 2003 during   is among the best in China with 31       and eggs and poultry hatchery for        Mogale City in general, with the          developing municipality in the area
the former mayor Advocate Lentswe       professionals cooperatives, 20           100 million ducklings.                   prominence in the agriculture.            of rural development and
Mokgatle tenure would go a long         agriculture associations and 155            To prosper agriculture by                 “The things that came out of the      promotion of agriculture.”
    .
way He said his municipality was        farmers’ partnership organisations.                             ,
                                                                                 science and technology Wujiang co-       briefing session among others, is to         Early this year, Chinese
looking forward to creating a               The gross income of agriculture      operates with Chinese Academy of         develop an exchange programmes            President Hu Jintao donated
favourable platform for local           in Wujiang was $450-million in 2006      Agriculture and other institutes.        that includes business and                $1-million to Unesco’s African
business people particularly            and the farmer net income per               The Duckling Market in                educational opportunities for both        Heritage Fund and this historical
“farmers and students” through the      capita was $1,320-million, this is       Wujiang, the largest one in East         cities in the areas of agriculture,       occasion was hosted at Maropeng, in
exchange programmes.                    14, 5 % more than in 2006.               China, has the annual sales revenue      administration and business                            ,
                                                                                                                                                                    Mogale City by Gauteng Premier
   “I’m glad to visit Mogale City and       Fan said the other business          of $100-million.                         management.                               Mbazima Shilowa.
I have good impression of the city  .   opportunities local business people         Zongxian Yang, the Suzhou                 “For instance if students want to        Seerane also hosted a delegation
During our visit we were humbled        could benefit from include               Chint Enterprise Development             develop a career in agriculture they      from the Wujiang municipal
by the local people, and the city is    marketing and technological              board chairperson spoke candidly         could go and study in Wujiang, and        government, which included Mayor
very clean,” Fan said through his       advantages, at which point the           about the prospects of investing in      we would be able to produce               Xu Ming, interpreter Shen Bin,
interpreter Shen Bin.                   farmer’s and agricultural students       the West Rand mines, which by our        agricultural engineers and                chief financial official Zhang
   “We would have to work together      would gain access to agriculture and     local standards are barren and           professionals as well as the              Guosheng and Shen Zhigang, who
and find common ground in the field     Information Technology                   unprofitable.                            agricultural brokers,” Mokale said,       deals with exchange programmes
of agriculture and education. We        institutions.                               Terrence Mokate, legal advisor        adding that farmers could also go to      with sister cities.




Worthy causes get a boost                                                                                                 Floor crossing bound to be
                                                                                                                          a very interesting exercise
from grant-in-aid initiative                                                                                              BY SIPHO NONE                             ID entered into a “marriage of
                                                                                                                                                                    convenience” with the Kagiso
                                                                                                                          The floor-crossing period kicked-in       Residents Association (KRA),
BY CLIFFORD MOGOTSI                                                              and that a committee was set up to       on September 1 and MPs, MPLs and          resulting in Modise’s seat.
                                                                                 determine which organisation             local government councillors will             His nomination was followed by
The Mogale City Local                                                            deserve the aid.                         have the freedom to cross the floor to    allegations of nepotism and
Municipality’s has once more                                                         Amongst the beneficiaries, there     another political party or merge          infightings. The defiance was
become a messiah to the local                                                    were Dirang Basadi Business              with another party or form a new          intended to unseat him in favour of
entrepreneurs, and this time around                                              Incorporation, Soul City Women’s         one, without losing their seats.          Jappie Khunou, a teacher-cum-
it threw out scores of cheques to                                                Project, Hekpoort Netball, Kagiso            This year’s floor-crossing is more    entrepreneur-turned- pseudo
boost projects seeking for grant-in-                                             Striders, Zangele Community     ,        interesting because the process will      politician.
aid.                                                                             Shongololo, Morning Star Day Care,       take place simultaneously at all              During a special council meeting
    And, various organisations and                                               Mogale Early Learning Centre,            three spheres of government, and          held on March 16 where parties
projects, grant-in-aid applicants,                                               Kagiso Victim Empowerment,               the realities of floor-crossing is that   were to respond to mayor Calvin
filled up the city’s Banquet hall       WELL DONE: Councillor Olivier            Rutegang Munsieville Youth,              smaller parties tend to lose out to       Koketso Seerane’s state-of-the-city
waiting unwearyingly for their          Caldeira (back) and Councillor           Hospice in the West, House of            bigger parties.                           address, sources close to the IDs
names to be called. However,                                                     Mercy African Hope, Bana ba
                                                                                        ,                                     Since 2003 six parties were           internal dealings allege Modise did
amongst them, a sprinkle of
                                        Nomalanga Ntamane give                   Sabatha Gospel, Siyaphambili             formed in the National Assembly           the unthinkable.
avaricious hoarders of wealth,          cheques to local entrepreneurs.          Community Development and                and locally five DA councillors               Sources say when he was given a
tender hungry individuals were also                                              Phuzimpilo Enterprises.                  crossed the floor to form the ID.         chance to respond to the mayor’s
seen flabbergasted and sneaking in      R1 000 to R5 000.                            Addressing the packed hall,              Professor Rushiella Songca of         address he said things that were not
the hall to experience the handing         According to the social               portfolio head Health and Clinic         the Centre for African Renaissance        in line with the party’s manifesto. In
over of loot.                           development portfolio head,              Services councillor Emily Mathe          Studies at Unisa said floor-crossing      fact he sang the ruling party’s
    Beneficiaries of council’s grant-   councillor Olivier Caldeira, they        said the distribution of grant-in-aid    is caused by various factors.             praises.
in-aid, who received financial boost,   received a pile of applicants.           is just to say go out and make the           She said: “Smaller parties stand          Since the incident the ID has
specialise in various project              “There were lots of                   best out of what you have.               to lose out to bigger parties during      allegedly been plagued by “quite
subdivisions which includes Rural       organisations and we had to                  Beneficiary Elsie Morena (35) of     the floor-crossing because bigger         mutiny” among its members, which
Department, Health Management,          monitor all of them to avoid fly-by-     Mayihlome project received a             parties have more muscle and              might probably give Modise an
Environmental Management, Sport         nights. However, the grant-in-aid is a   whooping R5 000. And, when asked         resources. The other reason to cross      opportunity to jump ship.
and Recreation, Local Economic          way to assist you (applicants) to go     about how her project was going to       the floor is greed.”                          As for Lebesa, she might resist
Development, Early Childhood            forward and as the municipality we       split the money she said: “We
                                                                                                  ,                           The most and closely watched          the temptation to cross the floor due
Development Centres and Social          are happy to be issuing these            specialise in sewing and greater         move is likely to be that of Ernest       to sheer pride, considering her
Development.                            cheques,” said Caldeira.                 part of the money is going to buy        Modise of the ID, and the IFPs Lydia      appointment was shrouded with
    And about hundred projects             Caldeira also added that the          material and a little left we going to   Lebesa. During the local                  controversy following the killing of
received cheques amounting from         organisations were carefully chosen      safe it in our bank account.”            government election campaign, the         Obed Nkosi earlier this year.

								
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