EVERYONE should participate in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the process should be completely transparent, according to Ndlambe mayor Phindile Faxi.
Faxi was talking at the IDP planning meeting, held at the Port Alfred Civic Centre last Wednesday October 19, attended by councillors as well as members of the general public.
Faxi said that he and his councillors would be proceeding aggressively with the formulation of a plan to integrate development across the municipal area, and requested the community become involved in the IDP process.
“The essence of the IDP is to eliminate the old apartheid development. That has gone. We have to plan for everyone and follow all due processes,” said Faxi.
The process plan represents a new generation of the IDP and, according to Faxi, “this will be our bible.”
Municipal finance director Howard Dredge gave a brief explanation of the new MSCOA (Municipal Standard Charter of Accounts) and the Spluma (Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act), saying that, from now on, all municipal activities will be governed by these systems that will make all transactions completely transparent.
“All aspects of the work carried out by the municipality will be reflected in MSCOA,” said Dredge.
Concern was raised that some projects submitted to the municipality have not been acted upon, but Dredge assured the meeting that all submissions would be reviewed and the decision on whether they proceed would be made known to all concerned.
In his address, Faxi also mentioned that the media is an important asset to get word out as to what is happening in the council as well as with regard to the IDP.