On December 1st, the City and Rural Municipality hosted a group of Government Officials from the Province of Western Cape, South Africa. The visit was arranged by the Government of Manitoba, Department of Jobs and the Economy. The South African representatives from the Provincial Government are visiting Canada on a study tour, to gain a better understanding of how we manage municipal affairs. The group not only visited the Province of Manitoba, but were also in other jurisdictions such as Alberta.
In attendance from the RM of Portage la Prairie were Reeve Kam Blight and CAO Daryl Hrehirchuk, and from the City of Portage la Prairie were Mayor Irvine Ferris and City Manager Jean-Marc Nadeau.
This was a great venue to exchange best practices from both countries and an opportunity to share challenges faced and mitigating strategies.