New mayor: time to change

2011-06-03 00:00

THE new Msunduzi Mayor, Chris Ndlela, has vowed to put the beleaguered municipality back on its feet.

Speaking during his inauguration at the city hall yesterday, Ndlela said that under his leadership the municipality is going to take unpopular decisions to advance service delivery, adding that he has the guts to lead the council in the right direction.

He warned Msunduzi’s provincial administrator, Sibusiso Sithole, that his days in the city “are numbered”, implying that the new council will work hard to revitalise the running of the city and that there will be no need for an administrator.

Included on his to-do list is the inculcation of a work ethic among staff and councillors to ensure they put residents’ needs first.

“The city is dirty and the power cuts are regular. We need to change this,” he said.

Ndlela said the fight against crime, fraud and corruption is going to be vicious under his leadership and that no stone will be left unturned to root out corruption.

On service delivery, he said, “The people of Msunduzi are expecting service delivery from all of us. Let’s work together to provide service.”

The new mayor assured businesspeople that the city’s attractiveness to investors is key in ensuring that the city grows. He said he would try to build a conducive environment for business in Msunduzi and that the council will look outside the borders of the city, the province and the country to attract investment.

“People of Msunduzi, united we have massive potential,” he said.

He urged councillors to read more, and said that with his education background he will engage the relevant departments to police loitering by school-going children at Freedom Square during school hours, when they should be in class learning.

Ndlela, who yesterday stood down as principal of the Esther Payne secondary shool in Northdale, was born on May 3, 1962.

The father of five children, he grew up in Otto’s Bluff where he did his lower primary education at Bucklands Primary.

He did grade six and seven at Albert Falls Primary and matriculated at Msimude High School in Vulindlela.

Ndlela gained his senior teaching diploma from the Ndumiso College in Imbali and studied for a further diploma in education, majoring in education management at the then Rand Afrikaans University.

The staunch Kaizer Chiefs supporter, who also enjoys watching cricket and rugby, was elected chairperson of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union in 2008 and provincial Cosatu chairperson in 2009. As someone who comes from humble beginnings, he said he is passionate about the plight of the poor and their access to education.

Ndlela has always been an ANC, Cosatu and SA Communist Party member.

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