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In November 2016, Salga and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) entered into an agreement, where six Eastern Cape Municipalities were identified as beneficiaries in the Building Inclusive Green Municipalities (BIGM) project. This duration of this initiative is five years, that is, from November 2016 to March 2021.

BIGM will strengthen the capacity of the South African municipal sector and specific municipalities in Eastern Cape Province to contribute to South Africa’s priorities for reducing poverty, supporting economic growth, and responding to climate change by transitioning to a low carbon economy.

In a Council meeting held on the 31st May 2017, Ngqushwa Local Municipality Council resolved that the Municipality will take the Local Economic Development section from the three offered by FCM and SALGA.

Ngqushwa Local Municipality is partnering with Innisfil Town in Ontario, Canada. This week, the Building Inclusive Green Municipalities Project is visiting Ngqushwa with an aim to facilitate partnership between Ngqushwa and Innisfil Town in Ontario, Canada. The workshop is attended by the Mayor of Innisfil, Cllr Gord Wauchope, Ngushwa Mayor, Cllr Mnikelo Siwisa, Council Speaker, Cllr Nombuyiselo Magingxa, SALGA and Ngqushwa Council and officials.  The workshop will be conducted from 16-19 October in Ngqushwa.