Collective leadership will take us to greater heights – Mandeni mayor

2016-09-21 06:00
Photo: supplied Mandeni council Speaker Makhosazane Zungu, mayor Siphesihle Zulu and his deputy Phindile Sishi recently attended a strategic planning session to find ways of improving the municipality’s service delivery.

Photo: supplied Mandeni council Speaker Makhosazane Zungu, mayor Siphesihle Zulu and his deputy Phindile Sishi recently attended a strategic planning session to find ways of improving the municipality’s service delivery.

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THE Mandeni council led by Mayor Sphesihle Zulu held its first strategic planning session last Monday, 11 September to find ways of improving service delivery in the area.

The five-day session was attended by members of council and the municipality’s management who acknowledged the great work done by the previous council and they committed to carrying on in the same footsteps and fulfill the vision of making Mandeni a “reliable people-centred economic hub by 2030”.

In his opening address, Zulu highlighted areas that need serious consideration, which include creating employment opportunities for the young people of the area as the majority of the population is young and unemployed.

Various departments made presentations and these include StatsSA and the iLembe District Municipality.

Newly-appointed councils were workshopped on the municipal IDP was unpacked for new councillors.

The council also considered ways which it could enhance its revenue generation and to build a strong and responsive municipality that will be able to attract more investors into the area. Another important issue was that a Job Summit must be hosted in Mandeni with all relevant stakeholders in the near future.

In conclusion, Zulu emphasised the importance of collective leadership and unity among councillors and management.

“It is imperative that we learn from each other in order to achieve greater heights,” he said.

The council also revised the organogram (Municipal Structure) and critical positions were identified. This was a subject to be discussed by the senior management with unions. It was agreed that the council should implement some of the resolution taken so that Mandeni will move forward.

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