uMgungundlovu wins top award

2012-09-17 00:00

JUST six years ago the uMgungundlovu District Municipality was staring bankruptcy in the face.

Four years ago the then mayor, Bongi Sithole, was fired from her post. The municipal manager, Monica Mngadi, and chief financial officer Bongani Ndlovu resigned following a forensic investigation into financial irregularities.

But things turned around with the appointment of S’bu Khuzwayo as the municipal manager.

District mayor Yusuf Bhamjee believes the close working relationship that the council’s managerial team forged with the political team helped it to win the best district or metropolitan council award at the 2012 Municipal Excellence Awards, hosted by the department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) in Durban.

During the event, which was held at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli ICC in Durban last Friday, Bhamjee was also named best district mayor.

The awards, which were voted for by the public during a two-week SMS voting campaign, reflected the public view of the council’s performance on service delivery, job creation and infra­-structure development.

Bhamjee told The Witness he was “pleasantly surprised” to have won.

“The team of mayors generally performs really well, so to be chosen as the best is an achievement, not just for me, but for the district municipality.

“It is a feather in all our caps [to win these awards]. We have moved from a point of insolvency and appearing in the media for all the wrong reasons to getting this award and others, like the Bluedrop status award for the quality of our water and organising events like the Mandela Day Marathon.”

Also celebrating at the weekend was the Richmond Municipality, which received the prize for best small municipality.

Umgeni Municipality was the runner-up in this category.

Newcastle’s Mayor, Afzul Rehman received two awards: the most innovative project and the best performing local mayor in KZN.

Richmond Mayor Andrew Ragavaloo was the runner-up for best local mayor, in an area once plagued by political strife.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.