MPLs to call on KZN municipalities

2010-07-15 00:00

MEMBERS of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature yesterday embarked on “Mandela Week” activities, visiting municipalities in the province ahead of Mandela Day, which is going to be celebrated worldwide on Sunday.

According to speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, the purpose of the visits is to familiarise MPLs with challenges the municipalities could be facing in carrying out their duties.

“In terms of … the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, provincial governments must support and strengthen the capacity of the municipalities …

“We want to actively engage municipalities to understand the challenges they face and areas in which they require assistance,” Nkonyeni said.

She said the visits will give the MPLs an opportunity to do what they would like to do for their constituencies on Mandela Day, the day the former president turns 92.

The special day was created to inspire people in all corners of the world to embrace the values that the former president has promoted throughout his life, such as democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect and freedom.

The MPLs will visit municipalities in the following districts: uMgungundlovu, uMkhanyakude, Zululand, uMzinyathi, uThungulu, uThukela, uGu, iLembe, Sisonke, eThekwini and aMajuba.

They will be joined by MECs who are champions of various districts throughout the province.

Nkonyeni urged all the staff in the municipalities to be visited and their surrounding communities to co-operate with the MPLs to make the visits a success.

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