Richmond ANC councillors receive ‘best performance’ award

2013-01-14 00:00

ANC councillors from Richmond Municipality won the Z.K. Matthews award for being the best performing group of councillors. The award was presented at the party’s birthday celebration at King’s Park Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Richmond Mayor Andrew Ragavaloo said they were thrilled and believed it was team work that won them the prize.

“Team effort, initiative and innovation together with the guidance of the KZN provincial executive committee (PEC), which keeps an eye on us, helped us raise the bar,” Ragavaloo said yesterday.

He added that the councillors worked very closely with each other and the officials at the municipality in crafting and implementing policy. The mayor believed that the municipality’s strength lay in the manner in which it interacted with the community.

“We also take negative criticism into account and listen to what people have to say. We are aware that we have some way to go in improving our service delivery and we are committed to lifting our performance in this regard,” he said.

Last year Richmond won an award from the auditor-general’s office for receiving a clean audit.

It was also chosen as the best performing small municipality by the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta).

It came second in the national government’s award scheme for its expanded public works programme (EPWP). The programme is aimed at providing poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed. Mafikeng beat Richmond, Ragavaloo said.

“Getting an award nationally from the ANC shows what a small place like Richmond can achieve. We do not have a lot of resources, but we have learnt to work with and make the best of what we have.

“This award is going to help us work even harder and we hope we can set a good example for other municipalities,” he said.

The Lilliesleaf Farm branch in Gauteng won the best branch award; best performing ANC Women’s League went to Mpumalanga and the Youth League at the Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape won that category.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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