Mayor
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In 2006 she was elected as a PR Councilor at Frances Baard District Municipality and served as the chairperson of the Social Development Committee and a member of the Mayoral Committee until May 2011. In the 2011 Local Government Elections she was again elected as a PR Councilor to Frances Baard District Municipality and on the 10th June 2011 she was sworn in as the Executive Mayor of Frances Baard District Municipality.

Speaker
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He started his political career being active in the then Galeshewe Civic Association, he was an organizer of Galeshewe Youth Organization (GAYO) in 1985 and was active in the UDF. After the Local Government Elections in May 2011 he was elected as the Speaker of Frances Baard District Municipality. He is also the provincial organizer of SANCO in the Northern Cape Province and a member of the Beacon Primary School Governing Body.

Municipal Manager
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Mamikie Bogatsu has been involved in local government since 2004 and has been providing legal services to not only to the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) but to all municipalities by providing legal opinions, drafting of legal instruments and assisting them in facilitating their legal actions and application. She was seconded by the MEC of COGHSTA as the acting Municipal Manager for Frances Baard District Municipality in January 2012. The Council of Frances Baard District Municipality appointed her as its Municipal Manager from 01 November 2012 for a period of 5years.

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About The Frances Baard District Municipality

Background of the Municipality

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Our district is predominantly a mining and agricultural district, with a lot of potential yet unlocked. The climate is favorable for outdoor living with a great number of "sunny" days throughout the year.

Two of the largest rivers, the Orange and the Vaal, flow through our district. Our population has been estimated at 382 088 in Census 2011 and we have a reputation for being friendly and hospitable people in the Province of the Northern Cape.

The district comprises of four local municipalities plus a rural district management area. Kimberley, located in Sol Plaatje Municipality, is the capital of the province, and also the home of our head offices as a district municipality.

Frances Baard District Municipality is the smallest district in the Northern Cape; however, it accommodates the largest proportion of the population of the province.


FBDM - Council Organogram


Economic profile

Frances Baard District Municipality is the strongest economic region in the province, accounting for 36% of the provincial gross domestic product (PGDP). According to a 2007 Quantec Research report, within Frances Baard District Municipality, contribution to the regional GDP is dominated by Sol Plaatje (74%), Phokwane (15%), Dikgatlong (8%), Magareng (2%).

The economy of the district consists of the primary (agriculture and mining), secondary (manufacturing, electricity and construction) and tertiary (trade, transport, financial and social services) sectors.

Mandate

The municipality has a mandate to:

Key facts and figures

Local municipalities: Dikgatlong Municipality, Magareng Municipality, Phokwane Municipality, Sol Plaatje Municipality

Major towns: Kimberley, Barkly West, Warrenton, Jan Kempdorp, Hartswater

Main roads: N12, N18, R29, R47

Railway: Extensive rail network

Airports: Kimberley Airport

Area covered: 13 518.19km²

Key Performance Areas and Key Performance Indicators of the FBDM for the next five years (2012/13 – 2016/17) are as follows:

Key Performance Area Key Performance Indicator
Municipal Infrastructure Development and Basic Service Deliver

Percentage improvement in project planning

Percentage access to potable water, sanitation, electricity

Percentage reduction in the housing backlog

Percentage formalized informal settlements

Percentage access to basic services in informal settlements

Percentage completed feasibility studies

Percentage suitable land for human settlements identified and acquired

Local Economic Development (LED)

Percentage increased direct investment

Percentage increased employment through EPWP projects

Percentage packaged incentives for sector and SMME development

Percentage improved tourism attractions

Percentage developed tourism products

Percentage increased market share

Municipal Institutional Development and Transformation

Percentage improved quality of drinking water and waste water

Percentage improved status of food premises

Percentage approved Environmental Impact Assessments

Percentage implemented waste minimization strategies

Percentage increase in capacity at local municipalities in disaster management

Percentage improvement in response and recovery to incident in Local municipalities

Percentage increase in fire fighting capacity at 3 Local municipalities

Percentage support to local municipalities to implement a effective human resource management function

Percentage improved ICT Infrastructure accessibility

Percentage compliance with the IDP Review Process in the District in terms of the adopted IDP Framework and Process Plan

Percentage sound Performance Management implementation in FBDM and the district

Percentage facilitation of urban development in terms of approved spatial plans

Percentage support and assistance with GIS to local municipalities in the district

Good Governance and Public Participation

Percentage improvement in relations between communities and the District through the implementation of the adopted communication strategy

Percentage implementation of a sound municipal Internal Audit Function

Municipal Financial Viability Management

Percentage compliance in promoting and implementing sound financial management practices in line with the MFMA and other guidelines of National Treasury

Percentage financially sound and sustained local municipalities


Infrastructure Services

The primary focus of the district municipality is the needs of the Category B Municipalities, with a specific focus on providing basic infrastructure for water, sanitation and electricity and building capacities of the municipalities in the district. National and provincial imperatives are evident in the grant funding made available to the municipality, most notably for infrastructure.

The municipality has set a general strategic outcome to reduce operating cost in an effort to increase funding to address the present infrastructure backlog. Achievement of this objective requires defined strategic measures to be adopted, which include setting specific goals, action plans and time frames. These measures are encapsulated in the SDBIP. The SDBIP indicates quarterly performance targets, financial performance targets and assigns responsibility to execute the respective performance targets to various departments.

The District Municipality does not provide any services directly to communities. Our clients are the smaller local municipalities, which we support to improve their service delivery. We provide support by advising on technical matters, building capacity as well as financial support through various programmes. The District Municipality employ three engineering technicians who are assigned to each of the smaller local municipalities in the region, namely Dikgatlong, Magareng and Phokwane. These technicians render support in terms of the following:

Frances Baard District Municipality makes two types of allocations to local municipalities. Firstly, through the capital programme which is designed to assist local municipalities acquire assets to improve service delivery. Secondly, through allocations made to operation and maintenance of plant and infrastructure as municipalities often lack the capacity and funding to properly operate and maintain the service infrastructure upon which effective delivery depends.

Planning and Development

The objectives of planning and development in Frances Baard District Municipality may be summarized as follows:-

Performance Management System

In its quest to promote performance management in the district municipality the department has recruited performance management interns and stationed them in Dikgatlong, Magareng and Phokwane municipality; in order to enhance the implementation of PMS in the local municipalities. Some of these interns have been absorbed as PMS officers in their respective municipalities.

Spatial Planning

Frances Baard District Municipality is responsible for ensuring the development of sustainable human settlements in the district.

In order to achieve this goal the district has facilitated the preparation of planning instruments such as the preparation and adoption of Integrated Zoning Scheme for Dikgatlong and Phokwane municipality; the preparation and adoption of a Township Establishment schemes in Jan Kempdorp, Barkly West, and Kingston Extension and finalization of the title deeds for the beneficiaries of Farm 212 in Koopmansfontein.

Geographic Information System (GIS)

The municipality’s GIS provides spatial information to all stakeholders for planning and resource allocation purposes. In 2012/2013 a data cleansing project was undertaken in Magareng municipality. The project entails the verification of cadastral information against deeds information to ensure that every title holder is on the correct erf and is being billed for water and electricity correctly.

This project if correctly implemented will enable municipalities to enhance their billing capacity and boost their revenue base.

Local Economic Development (LED)

The district municipality has a legislative mandate to ensure the promotion of the economic development of the Frances Baard District. The Frances Baard District Municipality's LED Unit is committed to promote quality economic development facilitation and coordination services to Category B Municipalities and its communities by : Facilitate for opportunities for SMME's in procurement at FBDM.

Facilitating Agri-PPP, Value Adding and Market Access opportunities. Developing an Investment Attraction and Marketing Strategy for FBDM. Facilitating for finance, funds and resources from non-governmental, private and donor sectors. Monitoring the creation of jobs/business opportunities created by FBDM.

Environmental Health

The FBDM is responsible for the rendering of municipal health and environmental planning and management services in the district. Municipal health services (MHS) as defined in the National Health Act, 2003 include the following: water monitoring; food control (evaluation of food and non-food premises); sampling of food products; waste management and general hygiene monitoring; health surveillance of premises; surveillance and prevention of communicable diseases; vector control monitoring; environmental pollution control; control and monitoring of hazardous substances; chemical safety; managing, controlling and monitoring exhumations and reburials; managing and controlling of pauper burials and poverty alleviation projects.

Fire Fighting and Disaster Management

The implementation of the Disaster Management Act is the responsibility of the district municipality. The National Disaster Management Framework of 2005 guides the district municipality to implement the function according to the following key performance areas:

Disaster practitioners have been appointed within Dikgatlong, Magareng and Phokwane local municipalities. This was done to ensure that fire and disaster management activities can be implemented with uniformity and to assist the local municipalities in case of any disaster or incident. The strengthening of the veldfire capacity was identified as a high priority for disaster management and in partnership with “Working on Fire” (WoF), a subsidiary of the Department of Agriculture, volunteer veldfire fighting teams was trained.

Housing

The Frances Baard District Municipality established a housing unit in 2006 with a vision to accelerate housing delivery and quality within the District. In 2009, the district municipality was successfully assessed for level 1 and 2 accreditation by the Accreditation Compliance and Capacity Assessment Panel. The municipality was delegated level 1 and 2 functions issued through an accreditation certificate in May 2011. This was a major accomplishment, not only for the district municipality but for the Province as a whole as it became one of the only two district municipalities in the country to attain level 2 accreditation. Since obtaining level 2 accreditation, the district municipality has been able to fulfil its obligation of performing the housing functions as per the accreditation framework and other pieces of legislation including the Constitution of the Republic, 1996, the Housing Act, Act 107 of 1997 and the National Housing Code.