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The meetings for three committees were all postponed by their chairpersons “due to by-election preparations”

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THE MONTHLY meetings of the Sol Plaatje City Council’s committees have once again taken a back seat – this time due to tomorrow’s municipal ward by-election.

The by-election in Ward 28 will be contested by three political parties – the ANC, DA and EFF.

Yesterday, the meetings for three committees, namely the Transport, Roads and Stormwater Committee, the Ward Participation Committee and the Utility Trading Services Committee, were all postponed by their chairpersons “due to by-election preparations”.

The Community Services Committee, which deals with social development, personal health services and parks and recreation, last met in July last year. The August 2018 meeting was cancelled, while in September there was no quorum. The meetings for October, November, February and March (no meetings were scheduled for December and January) were postponed and never took place.

The Transport, Roads and Stormwater Committee did meet last month in March. Before then, however, the committee last met in June last year. The July and August meetings were postponed, while the September meeting could not sit as there was no quorum. The October meeting was postponed and the November meeting did not take place.

The Ward Participatory Committee has also only met once since July last year.

Several committee meetings scheduled for last week were also postponed – due to the Salga study course for councillors. This includes the Spellum Committee, which is now due to take place next Tuesday (April 16), as well as the Human Settlement Committee. No date has yet been given for when the Human Settlement Committee will now sit.

An Ordinary Council meeting, due to take place last Wednesday (and advertised as such in the media) was also postponed on the request of the Speaker to next Wednesday.

The dates for the council meetings, as well as the committee meetings, are approved in advance for the year to allow ordinary councillors, who are not employed as full-time councillors, to adjust their diaries and ensure that they are available.