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Madibeng Legislature embraces women in its framework

Madibeng Legislature embraces women in its framework and encourages women to carry on and stand up for their rights.  The Local Municipality of Madibeng consists of about 80 members of the legislature.

Political leadership as it stands has got 4 members consisting of the executive mayor, the speaker, single whip of council and the chairperson of MPAC.  Members of the mayoral committee consist of about 10 members of which gender equality prevails. Madibeng consist of 41 ward councillors of which 12 of them are women, with PR councillors standing onto 28 members and 10 of them being women.  This entails that women are still standing intact and strong and proving to be the best leaders of this municipality.

Judging by the character, the CFO secretary, Maggy plays a crucial role in making sure that everything is in order in the office of the CFO.  This derives from women who proves without a doubt to be leaders in the society. South Africa today have official and sanctioned freedom: an exemplary legislative and policy framework that enshrines their equality and rights, as well as protects them from violence, discrimination and harmful practices. South African women have the freedom to achieve in any sphere, and many South African women have gone beyond national boundaries to achieve positions of importance, power and prestige internationally.

This includes the executive mayor of Madibeng, (Jostine Mothibe), the executive Mayor of Bojanala (Fetsang Mokati-Thebe), MMC for Community Development (MP Tlhopane), MMC for IDP, PMS and Legal Services (SM Maunatlala),  the only EFF ward councilor for ward 26 (P Pretorius). How substantive, however, is this equality? And how free are women, really, to be literally and figuratively mobile? Women may have the legislated freedom to achieve equally with men, but in reality the space and opportunity to do so is often restricted by societal norms, gender stereotypes and discrimination. It is in the home that women are most likely to encounter violence and discrimination based on their gender, an indication that attitudes have not kept pace with legislation.  Moving out of the home, into the community and broader society, women continue to face barriers to their literal and figurative mobility.

Women are also more likely to be unemployed than men and if not constrained to the lower-wage sectors of the economy, often encounter a glass ceiling in the corporate world. Many women’s access to education, quality healthcare and justice is also compromised: households are more likely to cite ‘no money for school fees’ and family commitments’ as reasons why girls do not attend school than boys. Women encounter not only indifference, but also violence at the hands of healthcare workers. and fewer than one in five rape cases reach trial – while even fewer results in convictions.  In politics, there seems to have been some regression over time. While women held 43% of seats in the National Assembly in 2009, only 38,8% of seats are held by women in 2014. The powers of decision-making lie firmly in the hands of men, with 65% of the country’s top leadership and 78% of provincial premiers being men. Crucially, an analysis of each political party’s manifesto reveals a superficial engagement with women’s issues and ‘very little focus on tackling gender inequality at a structural level,’ or any real recognition that women’s issues are central to a thriving democracy.

The role of South African women in politics has increased since the end of apartheid through policy changes and organisations set up to enable women’s rights.  Women has shown that the country is faring decently in enabling women to take an active role in government. Women have made strides in most of all sectors of society, the Budget & Treasury office, Community Development, Corporate Support Services, IDP, PMS and Legal Services and Inter-governmental Relations and Special Programmes are government departments in Madibeng led by women. In politics in particular, South African women have come incredibly far.  Before the arrival of democracy in South Africa in 1994, there was a mere 2.7% representation of women in parliament; since then, though, things have changed. Currently women members of the mayoral committee in Madibeng (MMC) comprise 50% of the council.  Leadership positions in politics were previously dominated by men, and women’s entry into the sphere has been included in South Africa’s globally acclaimed narrative of triumph.  One of the success stories of our democracy is that of the representation of women in political and decision-making positions.  The Budget & Treasury office led by Cllr. Nthangeni is a crucial departmental requires more understanding in finance.

EFF a cause of instability?

Should the charges against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema describing him as a singular threat to political instability in the country be added?  Should the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) add the charges?

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Malema’s latest psychotic rants undermine unity, nation building, reconciliation and social cohesion.  Should he be held accountable for abusing freedom of speech, fanning the flame of racial hatred that might encourage genocide and civil strife?  These remarks about slaughtering white people are being condemned by many South Africans, is this also in the freedom chatter that white minority must be killed?  Malema’s utterances undermine the values enshrined in the constitution and the rule of law. The EFF National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in defending the CIC said, Malema was just quoting the Freedom Charter.   He said that such vitriolic attacks promote intolerance and resurgence of racism.

Is this a political party that when another political party want to join and form a coalition, would rely and have hopes in joining it?  Of course not!  Unless something drastic is done by all institutions including Parliament to make the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s coalition partner realise that the EFF leader ‘s outrageous threats to slaughter whites in the future, the fragile trust that characterises our fledging constitutional democracy might be eroded. Ndlozi defended Malema’s remarks by stating that the EFF leader was merely quoting the Freedom Charter‚ which states: “Restrictions of land ownership on a racial basis shall be ended‚ and all the land re-divided amongst those who work it.” Malema had said‚ as he addressed EFF supporters at the Madadeni College Stadium earlier this year: “If we say that South Africa belongs to whites too it means we are defeating what our forefathers were fighting for. These whites found us here and not one of them came with a piece of land in their pockets.

The red berets leader’s charges relate to two incidents – the first dating back to when he was elected EFF president in Bloemfontein. The second case is from June 2016‚ when Malema told supporters in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Newcastle – as the party celebrated the 61st anniversary of the Freedom Charter – that white people can’t claim ownership of land because it belongs to the country’s black African majority. EFF Spokesperson, Ndlozi has reiterated the party’s stance that there’s a clause in the Freedom Charter that says South Africans can decide where they want to stay.

“There is no law that bars people from occupying land. In fact‚ if you occupy land and the government doesn’t make a plan for you in 24 hours‚ there is no court that is going to remove you … that’s just the reality.” “There is lots of homelessness [and] landlessness in South Africa. When you see people sleeping under the bridges in the cities and on the sides of the roads‚ that’s just a sign that they’re occupying land and it is impersonal and violent for us to remove them.”

“So‚ if you see a piece of land and you like it‚ don’t apologise‚ go and occupy that land. That land belongs to us,” said Ndlozi.  However‚ Ndlozi said these remarks were not Malema’s‚ but they were taken from the second section of the Freedom Charter‚ which also makes provision for the redistribution of natural resources. “The origins of the statement were not in Bloemfontein; the origins of the statement were in 1955 in Kliptown at the adoption of the Freedom Charter. It’s a direct quote from the Freedom Charter. So we are here to defend the Freedom Charter and we are being charged by the government of the ANC‚” said Ndlozi.  Malema will appear on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act‚ after allegedly urging his supporters to invade land.

Women in political framework in Madibeng Legislature

The role of South African women in politics has increased since the end of apartheid through policy changes and organisations set up to enable women’s rights.  Women has shown that the country is fair in enabling women to take an active role in government.

Women have made strides in most of all sectors of society, the Budget & Treasury office, Community Development, Corporate Support Services, IDP, PMS and Legal Services and Inter-governmental Relations and Special Programmes are government departments in Madibeng led by women. In politics in particular, South African women have come incredibly far.  Before the arrival of democracy in South Africa in 1994, there was a mere 2.7% representation of women in parliament; since then, though, things have changed.

Currently women members of the mayoral committee in Madibeng (MMC) comprise 50% of the council.  Leadership positions in politics were previously dominated by men, and women’s entry into the sphere has been included in South Africa’s globally acclaimed narrative of triumph.  One of the success stories of our democracy is that of the representation of women in political and decision-making positions.  The Budget & Treasury office led by Cllr. Nthangeni is a crucial department and requires more understanding in finance.

The valuer of a municipality must submit the certified valuation roll to the municipal manager, and the municipal manager must within 21 days of receipt of the roll; (a) Publish in the prescribed form in the provincial Gazette, and once a week for two consecutive weeks advertised in the media, a notice.

(i) Stating that the roll is open for public inspection for a period stated in the notice, which may not be less than 30 days from the date of publication of the last notice; and (ii) Inviting every person who wishes to lodge an objection in respect of any matter in, or omitted from, the roll to do so in the prescribed manner within the stated period.

Community Development led by Cllr. Tlhopane as government, she has the primary responsibility for ensuring that communities benefit from development on their land or in their region. Governments should take the lead in setting policy and standards to ensure development takes place at the local level, planning the development of social and physical infrastructure and land use, developing systems for project monitoring and evaluation, and protecting the rights and interests of citizens.   Corporate Support Services in Madibeng led by Cllr. Modise is the department led by section 56 Manager who is ordinarily referred to as the Head of the Department. The Department has two divisions which are namely, Integrated Human Resource Management (IHRM) and Integrated Support Services (ISS).

The two divisions are managed by Senior Managers on each side. The structure of the Department then allows for the divisions to be supported by units which are managed by unit managers. The main functions being executed in the satellite offices are personnel administrative functions  relating to staff leave and overtime claims and the other supporting function relates provided therein relates to employee wellness and safety, in the provisioning of water and sanitation to the communities of ADM. The plan of action should improve the lives of the local people and the area where they live. This should produce a long-term improvement in the environment: it should be physically and socially sustainable. All business should be directly involved with other businesses and with the rest of society in helping to achieve this in the country.  The IDP, PMS and Legal Services led by Cllr. Maunatlala, her roles and responsibilities are critical. Integrated Development Plan manages and ensures the development and effective implementation and monitoring of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP).  The department mandate is to co-ordinate the annual IDP Process and Organizational Performance Management.  Develop a monitoring and evaluation system that guarantees performance management and reporting against performance.  To ensure that the entire Municipality is in synchrony with a common vision and mission and that all the objectives and strategies of the Municipality as contained in the IDP are achieved.

In terms of the Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000 all municipalities must develop an IDP as a legislative requirement tool with legal status that supersedes all other development plans on local government level. The integrated development planning approach unites the municipality and community in processes to develop best solutions for sustainable development. It guides the drafting of the municipal strategic development plan for a 5 year period. The IDP is the principal strategic instrument that guides all planning management, investment, developmental and implementation decisions. It takes into account input from all stakeholders and reflects on the municipal profile and economic and spatial data, council vision for long term municipal development. With assessment of existing levels of development and performance, council development priorities and strategic objectives, council’s development strategies, spatial development framework, sector plans, disaster management plans, council operational strategies, prioritised action plans/projects/capital projects, financial plan and key performance indicators and performance targets monitoring and governance framework.

Inter-governmental Relations and Special Programmes led by Cllr. Maqakamba plays a major role in the local municipality.  ‘Inter-governmental relations’ means the relationships between the three spheres of government.  The South African Constitution states: The three spheres of government are distinctive, interdependent and interrelated’. Provincial and local government are spheres of government in their own right, and are not a function or administrative implementing arm of national or provincial government.

Although the three spheres of government are autonomous, they exist in a unitary South Africa and they have to work together on decision-making and must co-ordinate budgets, policies and activities, particularly for those functions that cut across the spheres.  The new government have undertaken various measures to advance the position of women and to promote gender equality in all spheres.  By South Africa’s 1999 election, women accounted for 29.8% of the elected public representatives. That placed the country in the top 10 in terms of representation of women, and giving it second highest representation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Trotskyism versus Maoism

The fight between Pres. Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema has been going on for quite some time. This can be related to Maoism and Trotskyism who are parallel to these two political leaders and the way they are fighting.

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Mao Zedong was a anti-revolutionist from China who believed that even the peasants can be part of the socialite. Moa and his followers believed that everything should be owned by the government and operated by the government. He was a true a communist. That is why China is the world’s best capitalist country. The people in China work for next to nothing and are not allowed to disobey these rules otherwise they get thrown in prison. This is parallel to Julius Malema. He is a communist. He want’s the government to take land so that the government can own it themselves, not the people. He want’s to be in charge of everything. Even though people around him get hurt for his cause, he simply doesn’t care, he only wants the money! No wonder he keeps telling Pres. Jacob Zuma to pay back the money. Just take all of the protests at the universities. The leaders at the front of the riots are wearing EFF caps and some of them get hurt in the process. Do you hear anything from Malema about what happened? No, nothing. This is his way to create an “army”, just like Moa Zedong, to get rid of everything in his way that is withholding him from getting what he want’s. Leon Trotsky was a Russian sociolist who was part of a revolution against the Soviet Union that was ruled by Stalin. Stalin wanted to rule a state with terror and collectivization of agriculture, which means that farmers should share their lands and farm together.

Much like the land reform in South-Africa. And Leon Trotsky was against it. Trotsky would represent Pres. Jacob Zuma in this argument. He does not want to rule this country with fear. He wants everyone to feel empowered and in charge of their own lives. No, he is not the perfect president, but he wants the best for his people.

Maoism and Trotskyism will never work together. They are the exact opposite. Malema and Zuma are always fighting and at each others throats. But which side is the right one? Moasim (Julius Malema), that wants to rule a country with fear for the future, steal land from people and still have the government own it, cause riots with casualties? Or Trotskyism (Pres. Jacob Zuma) who wants the people of South Africa to feel that they have their own power, their own voice?  That’s for you to decide.

The Executive Mayor engaged in Fundraising strategy

Fundraising is the process of gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. Although fundraising typically refers to efforts to gather money for non-profit organisations, it is sometimes used to refer to the identification and solicitation of investors or other sources of capital for-profit enterprises.

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Traditionally, fundraising consisted mostly of asking for donations on the street or at people’s doors, and this is experiencing very strong growth in the form of face-to-face fundraising, but new forms of fundraising, such as online fundraising, have emerged in recent years, though these are often based on older methods such as grassroots fundraising. On the 29th of October 2016, the Madibeng Local Municipality in conjunction with the Office of the Premier ran several campaigns to raise funds for the Kgetse Ya Tise Bursary Fund. The Fund raising activities took place in Letlhabile Mall, Letlhabile Taxi Rank and Brits Mall. The day was graced by the Executive Mayor, Jostine Mothibe, her mayoral committee and single whip of council, Petrus Makgabo.  They shared the information with the community members who were present at that day.

Simon Klaas elected new Single Whip of Council

Simon Klaas, a former Madibeng Single Whip of council and now elected Single Whip of council of the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality a Member of the ANC Regional Executive Committee (REC) in Bojanala Region.  

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Klaas is undoubtedly an accomplished dynamic and courageous public leader who joins the list of leaders who have played a pivotal role in helping define the political and social fabric of a post-apartheid South Africa.  His illustrious political involvement in the struggle against apartheid is a true epitome of a community leader who rose and surmounted the travesties of growing up in a repressive apartheid society that was characterised by deep rooted racial, cultural and gender discrimination that faced many people at that time. Simon Klaas was born on 05 May 1955 at Ottosdal, he regards his birth as interesting because: It is the very same year, a month after his birth where the adoption of the Freedom Charter by the Congress of the People was widely recognized both in South Africa and internationally as an event of major political significance.

Where in his message to the Congress of the People, Chief Albert Luthuli, the banned National President of the ANC said: Why will this assembly be significant and unique? Its size, I hope, will make it unique.  But above all its multi-racial nature and its noble objectives will make it unique because  it will be the first time in the history of our multi-racial nation that its people from all walks of life will meet as equals, irrespective of race, colour and creed, to formulate a Freedom Charter for all people in the country.” Growing up in a visibly marginalized and poverty stricken community. Simon Klaas had a relentless curiosity about the situation faced by many black people. He formally started his political life when joined the ANC in Oukasie. Simon Klaas completed his matric at Bethel High School where he had an interest in History that leaded him in developing an interest for politics, he had extraordinary tactical-political skills and became what he would remain all his life:

A determined and committed public leader whose vision and  ideals were to fight for the rights for those who were ostracized and shacked to grim conditions of poverty, underdevelopment and gender discrimination in South Africa. In 1987, he joined the South African Civic Organization in Letlhabile were he ensure that the lives of people are developed and improved. And then in 1988 he became a NUMSA shopsteward at Autocast PTY Ltd (ATC), and ultimately became the Local shopsteward of Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) in Brits 1990. That was where he became active in local politics, as results he became the active member of the South African Communist Party (SACP). Simon Klaas is a political activist whose unappalled dedication to the struggle and served in various leadership structures of the political formations that pioneered the demise of the apartheid regime in 1994, including serving in positions in the ANC at the Branch and Zonal level.

Simon Klaas joined the Local Council in 1995 as a Ward Councilor in Letlhabile where he became the ANC Chief Whip in 1996, then Chairperson of the Executive Committee of Council in 1998. In 2000, he was nominated to become a Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for Finance and ultimately an MMC for Human Settlement and Planning in 2006, then MMC for Infrastructure and Technical Service in 2011, he also serve in various Sub-Committees of SALGA. He was also the Chief Whip of the ruling part (ANC) IN Madibeng Local Municipality, and the member of the ANC Regional Executive Committee in Bojanala.  Simon Klaas is currently the Single Whip of council of the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality.

A product of our own local municipality of Madibeng joining the upper structure and represents the Madibeng municipality, what an achievement he made.  The Role of the Chief Whip of Council covers both the political and administrative domains of Council with emphasis on the political aspect. During the current financial year, the Single Whip has ensured that relationships are constructive and focused on key issues that aimed at improving the lives of the Bojanala District. In addition, acts as a link between the Speaker of Council, the Executive Mayor and the  District Administration. The Single Whip also acts as a Chief Whip of the ruling majority party and is responsible for the whippery forum of the ruling party and has a responsibility to ensure that members of the ruling party speaks in one voice.

MMC Machete to bring new light to Madibeng!

Madibeng has more than 10 informal settlements which needs to be removed and services provided to the community.  Most of these people are from outside the country and because of the high rate of the unemployment, those people do whatever it takes to provide for their living.

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One would argue the fact that informal settlements are the caters of bad people, people who are capable of killing, robbing and stealing without any fear.  The failure of our government with this regard is that people are not placed properly. The MMC of Planning and Human Settlement, Judy Sefudi and MMC for Community Safety, Marcus Machete and MMC for Tourism, Douglas Maimane should work hand in hand to resolve the situation of illegally occupying of land. If indeed those people are from foreign countries, they are also not allowed to stay anywhere they want to.  They should be given a place to stay, maybe a state of refugees.  The government must take responsibility in this country.

Allowing people to squad anywhere, create more problems in the municipality.  People are not allowed to stay anywhere they want to, they need to apply properly and wait for the government to accept their application. Other community members argue with the statements saying that they had applied for land requisition in several occasions but nothing has been done so far.  What procedures should the community use when applying for RDP houses? How long does it take of a community member for the application to be processed and a report send back to the person?  Perhaps MMC for Planing and Human Settlements, Judy Sefudi would have much responses with these regards. In this instance, if illegal occupying of land is permitted in this municipality it will affect three portfolios in Madibeng which of them one has already been affected which is human settlements.

The police will have to deal with too much crime in those areas and MMC Machete as the head of the department will have more work to deal with on how to control the situation and calm everybody down.  What about xenophobia?        These squatters are capable of harming other peoples lives, they kill, rob and steal whatever they found useful without having any fear.  There are too many incidents reported where crime is rife in informal settlements because of the squatters, and none of these people are arrested. There is only one way to deal with such problems; squatters should be removed immediately before they stay for a long time.  They should be treated like refugees, take the example from Europe. This goes in to question with how the government treats the squatters, these people receive free services from the government, why not paying instead of receiving free services?  Imagine 350 squatters paying for water and electricity a month, is it not enough to rescue the municipality financially?

MMC Sefudi’s department deal with land requisition, he must make amends to build proper houses for those people and offer these squatters with proper services so that all areas in Madibeng municipality can attract tourism in the country. Community members are not allowed to squat and occupy land illegally without following proper procedures.  Is these affecting tourism in Madibeng, what is MMC Maimane going to do about tourism? These should not be allowed to happen, if it continues like this, tourism in Madibeng is going to crash and the people are going to suffer the consequences.  Bokfontein people squattered in the area and does not want to vacate the place and therefore forces white farmers who are living there to leave their houses.

This is one of the examples that tells us why illegal squatters is prohibited.  Madibeng is well worth visiting, whether on a day tour or for a longer period to experience the real Magalies.  Madibeng is classified as a category B Municipality, functioning through the Executive Mayoral System. Madibeng consists of several urban and rural areas, villages, farm portions, as well as a proper established and serviced industrial area.  One of the advantages of Madibeng is its central location in the North West Province, with Pretoria, Johannesburg, Rustenburg and Krugersdorp as bordering neighbours. Attracting tourists might seem a daunting task for someone living in a squatter camp in Madibeng municipality, on the edge of Brits.  The tiny shacks in Greens informal settlements are still surviving with the small supply of water and illegal electricity connections from a nearby area.

Parents and children share a few square metres, possibly one table, one bed and a television set powered by a car battery.  There are no museums and no obvious tourist attractions.  Madibeng is characterized by diverse economy sectors, i.e. agriculture, mining, manufacturing and tourism.  Mining is predominant with Madibeng being the world‘s third largest chrome producer which also includes the richest Platinum Group Metals Reserve (situated on the Merensky Reef). Granite is another mining component.

Where is the DA in Madibeng?

What happened to the two friends the DA and EFF?  Why are we only hearing about the DA participating in other provinces not the DA in Madibeng?  What happened to the DA in Madibeng?

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says that in 2029‚ when the party will be 10 years in government‚ South Africa will be safer‚ have an improved education system and an inclusive economy. But why are we not seeing participation by the DA in the local levels especially in the municipality such as the Madibeng?  Is the party preparing to topple the governing African National Congress (ANC) in the general elections in 2019? Mr. Maimane said under the DA government SA will reach an 8% economic growth rate and half unemployment down to 18%. “It will be a society where an individual coming from a supportive background can work hard to achieve success‚” Mr. Maimane said. The DA in Madibeng literally joined hands with the EFF to bring down the ANC, till to date there has never been fruitful actions regarding the combination of the two parties.  The people are not even aware of what the DA and EFF are doing or the intentions of the two parties following service delivery. There should be more fireworks than anything in Madibeng as an indication to the community that indeed the two parties are prepared to fix the municipality.  As quite as it is, it clearly indicates that the two parties only wanted voters to support them and afterwards no one takes care of the community.

This behaviour needs to be reviewed and participation made by both the DA and EFF, we need to see all the political parties in Madibeng working together to contribute in the rebuilding of the new municipality. Are they sitting comfortable and forgetting that they are messengers who need to report back to the community of what is happening in council meetings?

Why won’t NW government transport elderly and frail patients?

Due to the absence of sufficient public transport in the villages of North West, many pensioners have to hire private transport to take them home after they have received treatment or collected medication from the hospitals and clinics.

This costs them money – they allegedly pay up to R1000 for private transport that collects them from hospitals and clinics and drops them off at home.  Due to their illness they are often accompanied by family members. The elderly told us, at a meeting, in some cases, frail pensioners are carried on wheelbarrows to transport them between health care facilities and their homes.   We already raised our concerns about the inability of the Departments of Social Development and Health to work together in making transport available which could ferry the frail and the sick to their villages.  In response to questions asked by us in a Portfolio Committee meeting with the Department of Social Development, the officials informed us that they are working on a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Health which would ensure that the medically unfit and frail pensioners get transport assistance. We again call upon both departments to act swiftly to ensure that our elderly and frail are better taken care of.  Interim transport arrangement should be put in place. The Democratic Alliance is of the strong view that it is a violation of the constitutional right to dignity that the frail and medically unfit pensioners are transported in wheelbarrows and that absence of transport to take the frail and medically unfit pensioners from clinics to their homes is tantamount to violating their constitutional right to quality medical care.

Where the DA governs, in the province of the Western Cape, the Health Department has dedicated resources providing for non-acute patient transport, called Health-net. This system provides non-emergency transport to patients between health care facilities.  Bookings are made through a provincial health care facility (hospital/clinic) and 77 Health-net vehicles serve people daily to travel to and from hospitals and clinics.  There is no reason that the people of the North West do not deserve the same level of dignity and care.