Councillor Week held

2015-06-12 06:00
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Nozipho Tshomela a Ward 9 resident raises an issue during Councillor Constituency Week in Umzimkhulu.

Photo: supplied Nozipho Tshomela a Ward 9 resident raises an issue during Councillor Constituency Week in Umzimkhulu.

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UMZIMKHULU Local Municipality, through the back-to- basics programme, held a Councillor Constituency Week which started on 25 until 29 May.

Municipality spokesperson Willie Mgcina said the programme was organised in response to the needs of the community. “It was to facilitate a culture of public service and accountability among councillors,” Mgcina said.

He said all councillors were holding community engagements in all wards this week. “In some wards the community engagements collaborated with the handover of some materials such as a block-making machine to Ward 9 residents and fencing material to Wards 14, 6 and 19. Community members of Ward 7 received sewing machines.

“Traditional leaders played a huge role in the engagements as some of these gatherings were held in the homesteads of headmen,” he said.

Umzimkhulu mayor, Mphuthumi Mpabanga said even though community engagements by councillors are now an annual programme in Umzimkhulu it carries more weight as it is part of the back-to-basics programme activity plan.

“It was quite pleasing to hear communities from almost all corners of this rural­-based municipality expressing their gratitude to councillors and telling us of the problems they face,’’ Mpabanga said.

He emphasised on the elements needed for a functional municipality.

“Through the enforcement of policies and legislation which require council meetings to be held quarterly and councillors reporting back to their constituencies on a monthly basis we will have a healthy relationship with the communities. Reporting of councillors back to their constituencies will also address the phenomenon of service delivery protests.”

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