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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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