By Adre Bartis – Komani Administrator
Over the past few months the Komani office of the Border-Kei Chamber of Business has been out and about representing the interests of its members within the Enoch Mgijima and Chris Hani Local Municipalities.
We have seen some really positive outcomes, with businessman and BKCOB committee member Sean Russel taking initiative in cleaning up the town. The initiative which was also supported by other local businesses was in aid to the local municipality’s failure to collect refuse in certain areas of Komani for up to six weeks. The reason for this is claimed to be the lack of financial resources to pay for new licensing disks, and sometimes tyres for the refuse trucks and technical vans.
Recently, EMLM has embarked on a new revenue enhancement strategy to get people to pay and to stop the theft of electricity, however this is a long-term plan and currently they are struggling to make ends meet, including paying the Eskom bill that is currently sitting on R575 million.
Chris Hani Local Municipality
Chris Hani Municipality has just launched a refurbishment project of the Hexagon Square in Enoch Mgijima’s Komani, and although this is a beautiful initiative, the community has gone on to social media saying that the street lights or the electrical infrastructure could have benefitted from the funding. BKCOB is engaging with both local and district municipalities on this and various other issues which are affecting the members negatively.
BKCOB Komani has an exciting project that was approved by the District Department of Education, Adopt a School. This project will be getting a host of businesses involved to look after schools that are in disadvantaged areas. The committee will have regular updates on this in the monthly newsletter.
The recent virtual run/walk got people excited about the trail walk areas in the Enoch Mgijima area which included Sterkstroom and Komani. A call for more of these walks has been heard and dates will be released soon.
We are also hosting the first Komani Annual Golf Day in June, in partnership with Standard Bank. Networking is also back, and anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for networking is invited to get in touch with me, Adre Bartis on [email protected].
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