Bushbuckridge Local Municipality

PROFILE OF HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

January 29, 2016

Communication Manager

PROFILE OF HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS: COMMUNICATION MANAGER

The Bushbuckridge Local Municipality (BLM) appointed me, Aubrey M. Mnisi as the Head of Communications as of 1 September 2015.

My appointment coincides with the last mile of the current term of council as the 2016 local government election is drawing closer.

The latter rings a bell to all of us, for both the council and administration to work even harder.

For the Communications Unit it means two critical paramount issues: changing the perception of the community towards government and ensuring that the community is furnished with accurate information, continuously, constantly with the prioritisation of water, road and internal street grading, fighting crime, job creation and education.

I bring along over 13 years of work experience in the municipal administration. I was first appointed at the BLM in the year 2002 to date. I am a graduate of a Bachelor degree in Administration from the University of KwaZulu Natal, I hold a Diploma in Business Computing Skills.

I have completed a Certificate in Executive Leadership Municipal Development Programme from the University of Pretoria. I recently completed my two years course work for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree and currently completing my Thesis studies. The work experience gained over the 13-year period within the local government and my academic qualifications perfectly place me in my new role.

A number of local municipalities have experienced protests by communities and that could be attributed to a number of factors including poor communication, lack of civic education, social discourse between the communities and their elected representatives.

It is our collective responsibility to ensure that we consult the public and consolidate the needs into the municipal bible. We must stick to the implementation of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and its budget, and then report back to the communities while continuously reviewing our performance. Communication is a shared function that requires constant consultation, sharing of information and responsiveness.

Communities have to play their part; they need to protect the infrastructure that the government is investing in. Destroying government infrastructure is not assisting instead, it destroys the good work that has been done and takes us back. The municipality together with traditional councils and all political parties shall work together to educate the general public about negativity of destroying government property. Whenever the community engages in protests, they shall not damage or destroy their civic infrastructure.

We call upon all members of the BLM community to work with their councillors, ward committees, CDW’s and municipal officials in ensuring that services reach all wards. They should make use of the 11 municipal regional offices to report any breakdown in municipal services.

Lastly, the community is expected to pay for services like water, sewerage and refuse removal, as this is the only revenue base for the municipal income, withstanding the grants from national and provincial governments.

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