New mayor to put service delivery first

2016-08-24 06:00
PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Council members celebrate the election of Themba Njilo as the new city mayor during the inauguration of the new council at the city hall on Friday.

PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Council members celebrate the election of Themba Njilo as the new city mayor during the inauguration of the new council at the city hall on Friday.

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THE newly sworn-in mayor, councillor Themba Njilo, addressed an ecstatic crowd on Friday, who were chanting and singing as he took the podium for his first official speech as Msunduzi Mayor.

Njilo assured the public and fellow councillors that it is his priority to make strategic visits to all wards within the next 100 days to learn the “aspirations” of the people.

“This new page of history gives us the pleasure of receiving a mandate from our people and our political constituency, the African National Congress, to lead the municipality of Msunduzi in this term of office, a municipality that has thus far, been under good stewardship, under a capable leadership of outgoing executives.”

He outlined the three points his administration will be focusing on this term - affirming the fundamental and legislative mandate of the municipality, enhancing the municipal capacity to deliver on mandatory and basic services and deliver on the targets that will be set, and going the extra mile to serve, educate, empower and uplift the livelihood of all people.

“Our financial departments must ensure that financial controls and management mechanisms are adhered to in order that once again, this municipality will continue to enjoy a clean audit at the end of each financial year,” said Njilo.

His speech focused on the importance of putting service delivery first and improving the lives of residents.

“While this administration will continue to build on the work done by the outgoing team, we must now commit to ensure that the key services our people in this city expect from us actually get delivered with speed and urgency. These services include housing, water, electricity distribution, roads and transport, solid waste, community development, emergency, public safety and public works.”

He said elected ward councillors have the honour and a huge responsibility of serving their respective communities with dedication placing emphasis on the important role that society, including religious and traditional leaders, have in ensuring the city is the best it can be.

“I wish you well in your daily endeavours with the community and trust we will work hand in hand to uplift the lives of our people.”

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