Driver’s licence testing centre is in the budget for Mandeni

2017-06-21 06:01
Photo: suppliedÄt the council meeting where the budget speech was presented, were from left: ANC chief whip Xolani Mdletshe, EFF councillor Sbongile Nkwanyana, AIC councillor Samuel Johannes Mathonsi, acting municipal manager Sizwe Khuzwayo, Mandeni Mayor Sphesihle Zulu, Mandeni deputy mayor Phindile Sishi, DA councillor Kathleen Naidoo, IFP councillor Melody Mdunge and Mandeni municipal speaker Makhosazana Zungu.

Photo: suppliedÄt the council meeting where the budget speech was presented, were from left: ANC chief whip Xolani Mdletshe, EFF councillor Sbongile Nkwanyana, AIC councillor Samuel Johannes Mathonsi, acting municipal manager Sizwe Khuzwayo, Mandeni Mayor Sphesihle Zulu, Mandeni deputy mayor Phindile Sishi, DA councillor Kathleen Naidoo, IFP councillor Melody Mdunge and Mandeni municipal speaker Makhosazana Zungu.

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YOUTH prioritisation and job creation are high on the Mandeni Municipality’s five- year Integrated Development Plan (IDP).
This was announced last week when Mandeni Mayor Sphesihle Zulu delivered the 2017/18 budget speech at the Sibusisiwe hall. Zulu spoke of the state of the country as a whole and said that the outlook of the country has an impact on what happens within local municipalities. He also applauded the appointment of new national Finance minister Malusi Gigaba, who was born and raise in Mandeni.
South Africa is facing a difficult period in terms of its trajectory and we have seen our country downgraded to junk status and this affects investor confidence within the country and Mandeni as well.
“It is vital that we applaud the appointment of the new Finance minister. I therefore call upon all of us as Mandeni residents to rally behind him as it shall not be easy for him without us supporting him.”

Zulu said a total of R2,5 million has been allocated to the establishment of a driver’s licence and testing centre. “The municipality will continue with service delivery programmes as we are busy with the construction of the Chappies sports field in ward 14. We shall continue with the upgrade of the Hlomendlini bus route and will be commencing shortly the implementation of the Highview Park Internal Roads Rehabilitation Project.
“We will also continue with the implementation of electricity projects in areas like wards 3, 6, 9 and 10 [Inyoni/Khenana housing project], through the INEP Programme.”
He said that in addition, the municipality has set aside funds to enhance safety in communities where over 400 streetlights will be install across all 18 wards over a period of five years.
Zulu said that the RDP housing roll-out, with assistance from the Department of Human Settlement,will continue in the Mathonsi traditional areas under phase two, covering wards 5, 10, 12 and the Inyoni/ Khenana housing project, as well as the Macambini phase-two housing project covering wards 1, 2, 8 and 9.

An amount of R4 million  has been allocated to upgrade sports fields and construct general recreational facilities, he said.
He continued: “The municipality is implementing the Zibambele Programme, which is funded through the EPWP incentive grant, Food for Waste, the Community Works Programme in partnership with both national and provincial Cogta and Working for the Coast, in partnership with the national Department of Environmental Affairs. It is with great pleasure that I present the total budget of R275 110 000.”

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