Outgoing Kwa Sani mayor meets mayoral candidate

2016-07-22 06:00
At a media briefing, ANC mayoral candidate Ngeneleni Mncwabe (left) and outgoing mayor Mdu Banda. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

At a media briefing, ANC mayoral candidate Ngeneleni Mncwabe (left) and outgoing mayor Mdu Banda. Photo: Siphelele Nketo

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IT’S less than two weeks before the local government elections and the Kwa Sani Municipal Mayor Mdu Banda has already given his support to the next incoming mayor.

On Tuesday Banda and the ANC mayoral candidate, Ngeneleni Mncwabe, met with journalists at the municipal offices in Underberg before he leaves office.

“I was appointed mayor in 2011 and now I am leaving as the new mayor will come in, with the municipality having a good financial record,” said Banda, who said he doesn’t know what he will told after elections.

The Kwa Sani and Ingwe Local municipalities will merge after elections and will be named Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality. Four wards in Kwa Sani will join 11 Ingwe wards to make 15 wards for the new municipality.

Ingwe Municipality in Creighton has political problems and as a result was put under administration.

Banda said he is confident there will be no squabbles under the new administration and council after elections.

“Council will draft new municipal policies and by-laws.
“No administration staff will lose their job. Political and administration structures will talk about the new offices for the new municipality.”

Banda spoke about his achievements as the outgoing mayor.

“All our villages have electricity and sanitation. The municipality has received awards as the best clean and green municipality in the country and agriculture and tourism are the backbone for our economy.”

Private ownership of land is the main challenge the municipality is facing.

“Some private land owners don’t support our development, but the municipality has convinced other land owners to allow development.”

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