Oct 2016 1st Edition

News in brief

GovChat for Salga

The South African Local Government Association introduced a social media platform that allows councilors to respond quickly to questions raised by citizens. GovChat allows citizens to send images, photos, videos, public and private message in real time directly to their ward councilors.

GovChat is available as web application and citizens can register as users on www.govchat.org.za. The platform will be available on Andorid and iOS devices in future.

New factory to boost local manufacturing

The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) launched the R200 million AVK Holdings manufacturing facility to strengthen localisation by supporting small and medium enterprises. The state-of-the-art valve manufacturing facility, located in Alberton Gauteng, will also include a training academy that will upskill 1 500 workers. So far, 114 jobs, 84 of which are artisan positions, have been created.

Big plans for Nelson Mandela Bay

The administration of the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Municipality will create jobs, interact more with residents and resurface roads across the municipality.

This was the commitment made by newly elected mayor Athol Trollip.

Mayor Trollip said he will dedicate some time to working closer with the people of the municipality.

He added that the roads will be resurfaced and will be completed in the next three months.

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