Umzimkhulu Municipality viewpoint

2015-06-12 06:00

WARM greetings to the people of Umzimkhulu.

Back-to-basics (B2B) visit by Cogta

COGTA came to the Umzimkhulu Municipality to monitor the back-to-basics programme. They also conducted an assessment in the implementation of B2B programme. Most importantly the programme redressed day-to-day challenges that our communities, in the provision of services, face. The municipalities are required to promptly deal with backlogs on potholes patching, cutting of grass, cleanliness, etc. As much as the programme demands the maximum compliance with the statutory requirements, it is a programme that is very dynamic because it also deals with administrative issues and interfaces with communities on service delivery related issues. Hence, the Umzimkhulu Municipality has been identified as one of the functional municipalities wherein it needs to intensify the programme for others. The visit was enthusiastic and leadership was appreciative of the programme and committed to increasing the interaction between the municipality and communities using the councillors’ meetings and the mayor’s programmes.

The Umzimkhulu municipality mayor Cllr MB Mpabangawent went to Ward 6 to introduce the electrification project which is about to start there. The community hall was full to capacity, as electricity has become a thorny issue. These people have been waiting for this since 1994 and have not shown any anger, instead they liaised with the municipality in order for their voice to be heard and the municipality acted on the concerns raised in all the meetings that had been held. Despite a lack of resources this did not permit us to accelerate the project. It was mainly impeded by capacity constraint which was not in our favour. Eventually Eskom has given us the green light that the area can be electrified tapping from the network at Corinth substation. It is against this background that the Mayor of Umzimkhulu visited the community. Given the history of the area which has never benefited in the electrification programme, the community welcomed the project and expressed their gratitude. They have promised to co-operate with the service providers.

Thank you.

The municipalities are required to promptly deal with backlogs on potholes patching, cutting of grass, cleanliness, etc

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