IN CELEBRATION of its partnership with Gavle in Sweden the Buffalo City Metro held a seminar at the East London International Convention Centre on Thursday last week.
The Swedish delegation, which arrived on Monday last week (12 March 2018), visited projects such as the BCMM youth development centre, the Masimanyane Women’s support centre as well as Harambee youth project which is one of the partnership initiatives.
According to a statement by the BCM, the partnership that started in 2002 is aimed at strengthening democracy and alleviating poverty.
Through the partnership about 40 projects have been implemented in the Buffalo City, BCM said. in a statement. The projects include:
The water management information systems
Land use management system
Community support centre
Transportation and traffic safety project
Good governance phase 1 and 2 (housing and public participation).
Public safety programme
Youth and special programmes
Electricity master plan multi-agency
Geographic information systems
Infrastructure asset management
Citizen relationship management programme
Speaking at the seminar, BCM Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said productive results have been achieved over the last 16 years.
“Measurable progress has been made in various sectors through research opportunities and the information exchange component of the partnership. “Municipal collaborations are rarely sustainable but is an honour to be celebrating 16 years of a successful partnership,” said Pakati.