28 August BCMM and Chinese deal set to create jobs August 28, 2017 By Nomatshawe Vellem Latest News 0 Hundreds of jobs are set to be created in the City’s manufacturing sector through an agreement signed by the Buffalo City Metro and China’s Jinhua municipality. Four new electronics factories are expected to be established by the end of the year from the deal and at least 400 permanent jobs created when the factories open. No new buildings would be built as the factories, manufacture electronic devices including computers and cellphones would be housed at the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ). The signing ceremony was held on Thursday 24 August at the East London International Convention Centre in Quigney. The day started with a visit to the Mpongo Park Game Reserve and finished off with a signing ceremony. The visit comes after Executive Mayor Xola Pakati and his delegation visited China last month to negotiate lucrative deals with the country in an effort to bring jobs to the city. The visit intended to invest in the automotive, information technology, clothing and textile sectors. Speaking at the ceremony Pakati said, “It gives us great joy and pleasure to host the delegation from the City of Jinhua in our Metro. We are confident that the visit and signing of our partnership agreement will strengthen our cooperation and enhance our mutually-beneficial relations as cities.” “Let the signing of this agreement be the beginning of a good chapter for both our cities,” he said. Adding to that Speaker of Council Alfred Mtsi said, “BCM and Jinhua have a 16-year relationship which seeks to improve the livelihood of BCM residents and reposition the City as a desirable destination for investors.” Response by Consulate of People’s Republic of China, Consul General Kang Yong said, “We are very excited and grateful to the Metro about this deal, today we are turning a new page and injecting a new life between the Metro and Jinhua, the agreement will benefit the people from both cities.” Related BCMM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati in Duncan Village C-Section donating to a creche The Little Kids Centre is one of the 271 organizations that applied for the Buffalo City Metro Municipality Grants-In-Aid for assistance to enhance growth of community development. The fund is an initiative done by the Metro to provide grants to non-political and non- profit making organizations to help support and improve BCMM communities. A total of R1.4 million budget has been set aside for the selected organizations across the Metro that deal with child and youth centers, HIV/Aids centers, social and welfare organisations, home-based centers, early childhood development centers, arts and culture organizations, disabled and old age centers, support groups, alcohol and drug centers. Thereafter he joined and addressed the rest of the beneficiaries at the East London City Hall received their allocation which ranges between R10 000 and R30 000. After the event: The Executive Mayor together with the Speaker of Council, Councilor Alfred Mtsi, visited the Reeston area in Dice at 2 pm where people were killed last week and a Councillor was subsequently arrested. The Buffalo City Municipality leadership have come out strongly condemning the acts that have led to violence and loss of life. This was a courtesy visit to the families and local leadership of the area. BCMM youth taking charge of their health At least 200 young people from various areas of Buffalo City Metro were part of the Preventainment initiative which focuses on youth development and health consciousness looking at the scourge of HIV/Aids and teenage pregnancy. The event is an initiative held due to the high rate of teenage pregnancy and the HIV/Aids pandemic at some of the schools in the Buffalo City Metro and also to make awareness to the young people on new infections in young people between the ages of 16 and 25. Preventainment is a term coined by the organisors, linking the message of prevention with entertainment to appeal to youth. The event was intended to encourage youth to make use of available health facilities and engage in open dialogues to express the challenges they face as teenagers. “Our mission as the Metro and the Department of Health is to get the youngsters to engage with us making use of the suggestion boxes and complaint forms at various clinics, hence we came up with the word Preventainment so we understand your struggles as the youth,” said Portfolio Head Xolani Witbooi. During the programme various health issues were discussed including the importance of washing hands, the causes of HIV/Aids, prevention of STIs and it was followed by a demonstration of washing hands. “It is important to wash your hands everytime you need to, including after using the bathroom and before eating,” said Xolisa Melude Health Practitioner from the Community Leader Trust. The day culminated with the youngsters grouped into groups of 10 to discuss topics including the lack of confidentiality from nurses, no services on weekends, substance abuse, the separation of treatment collection points and poverty, peer pressure and lack of knowledge and transparency from parents. One of the youngsters at the event Sange Hibana from Inkwenkwezi High School said, “Events of this nature are important because they teach us about abstinence, the use of condoms and the significance of contraceptives.” Roadworks underway in BCMM According to the Municipal Spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya Fleet Street users need to have a little patience while the City is working hard in making its roads user friendly and up to standard. “Fleet Street users need to have a bit of patience.” While Fleet Street motorists are cautioned to have patience, Batting Bridge users can use the bridge since the weekend as works have been finished in that area. The bridge was closed from July 14 and was opened on Saturday 22 July in time for the schools reopening. The contractor in Fleet Street has over the weekend completed works on the northern side of Fleet Street which is between Station Street and Oxford Street - this section has been tarred and is open for public use over the weekend. A two-way traffic for east and westbound which is towards Quigney and towards the East London Airport direction traffic will be provided with alternative routes. The contractor will then close the southern side and commence with excavations and layer works as of Monday 25 July, with completion of this works anticipated to be achieved by the second week of September this year. Following that, the works will move to Zone 1 works which include the Oxford to Pontoon Roads with road works planned completion to be complete by December this year. “We will advise motorists close to the works beginning accordingly on this stage with finer details of planned works and traffic accommodation and also deploy pointsmen accordingly,” said Ngwenya. BCMM emerging farmers get a boost The purpose of the show was to encourage the Buffalo City residents to invest in farming as well as show the importance of agriculture and to give farmers a platform to showcase and sell their products. Speaking at the event, Portfolio Head Economic Development and Agencies Mawethu Marata said, “As Buffalo City leaders we are very proud of all the people who participated in the competition because agriculture is very important in our lives.” “We also encourage young people to get involved in farming as it fights poverty,” said Marata. The participants displayed their products at the event and there were prizes to be won to encourage people to see farming as a business opportunity and those that are in farming to continue farming. The first prize went to a 72-year-old Malayi Blakfesi from Nxarhuni who won R30 000 in her category. Blakfesi in her stall showcased organic vegetables and vegetable products as well as chickens. Ward 44 came in the second place and received R20 000 and in the third place with R10 000 was Ward 32. “I am very happy that I won this prize, this means a lot to me. I cannot wait to get home and tell my grandchildren about this because they are the ones that help me with my vegetable garden. I’m all grown up now so I’m transferring my skills to them,” said Blakfesi. Zolelwa Zenzile from Macleantown who also participated in the competition said, “I started my backyard garden in 2000. I make bags, shoes and belts out of leather. I feel encouraged. I really enjoy what I’m doing. I am going to pull up my socks so that I can also win the competition next year.” Leader of Farmers Association in Buffalo City Mvulane Ngqameni said, “We encourage farmers to remain in work rather than retire. Let us work together, boost each other and not undermine one another.” “Farming is healthy for our bodies and farming reduces poverty. Moreover we encourage residents to create their own backyard vegetable gardens in their homes,” said Ngqameni. Other products that were exhibited at the show were livestock, art work, designer clothes, cooked food, cakes and leather craft products. Human Rights Day to be held in BCMM The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture together with the Department of Justice and Correctional Services as well as the Metro will host the 2017 Human Rights Day celebrations on Tuesday 21 March at the Victoria Grounds Stadium in King William’s Town. Celebrations will commence at 9am, the theme for this year’s commemoration is The year of OR Tambo: Unity in action in advancing Human Rights. Prior to the main event, a social dialogue will be held at the Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg on Monday 20 March. President Jacob Zuma is set to deliver the keynote speech at the main event on Tuesday. All members of the public are encouraged to attend the event where dignitaries including the country’s President, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, MECs and fellow government officials will be present. The Human Rights Month message is about nation building and social cohesion. Guided by the core message, human rights is about moving South Africa forward towards a nation united against social divides, non-racial, non-sexist, equal and cohesive nation. BCMM SOMA 2017 Today's SOMA will be the first in local government to hoist both the SA's National Flag alongside the AU flag and to sing both anthems respectively. Comments are closed.