‘Love the city we live in’

2016-09-08 16:16
Mayor of Msnduzi Themba Njilo.

Mayor of Msnduzi Themba Njilo. (Ian Carbutt)

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THE new Msunduzi mayor, Themba Njilo, says he wants to achieve a clean audit in each of his five years at the helm, and hopes to see the city returned to the beautiful, pristine condition it was once in.

Njilo says he will adopt a hands-on approach to the position, making surprise visits to all departments to ensure the city runs smoothly.

Njilo, who rose from being a vendor at a taxi rank to become the mayor of KwaZulu-Natal’s capital city, said he had called all the managers at the municipality and preached unity as his first task in office. He had told the managers to pass the message on to workers that the municipality would not be successful unless there was unity.

He then took the managers on an excursion to the uMhlathuze Municipality, which is believed to have the best municipal call centre.

“I will also be doing surprise visits to each department and checking that everything is running smoothly,” Njilo said.

Not wanting to delve into the numerous investigations pending into the municipality, Njilo said it was “a pity that a clean person was coming into an organisation that was under a cloud of investigations”.

He said he wanted residents to change their mindset and take Msunduzi as their own. “They must learn to love the city they live in and approach the city with a positive attitude. My office will always be open to positive suggestions from the communities we represent,” he said, adding that he would visit each ward in the city in the coming months.

“The office is not for me. I am a people’s person and you will often find me in the communities and streets,” he said.

Not forgetting his roots, Njilo still lives in the rural area of KwaMnyandu in upper Edendale, where he was born and raised.

Aged 57, Njilo said he had owned many businesses in his life, from supermarkets to restaurants, with his first formal business starting with R750 in capital.

He said he owed the development of his business acumen and his “big break” to his friend and mentor Roy Seoka.

Njilo now owns Nduduzo Funeral Services in Imbali.

But Njilo said his business interests have taken a back seat since he became mayor. “I have left my businesses for my children to take over.

“I cannot be in two places at once and will be concentrating solely on the city of Msunduzi,” he said.

Njilo said his humanitarian work began in 1982, when he started offering music lessons to children who lived near his home. “My passion is the youth, and that was my way of helping them and teaching them something,” he said.

But he said his work does not stop there, as he is willing to help anybody that needs it.

Njilo recently built a house for his neighbour in KwaMnyandu.

“I thought that I could not sit in a nice house and eat good food while my neighbour suffers,” he said.

Njilo, who has built over 40 houses via the Themba Njilo Foundation, said he felt he was the right person for the job of mayor.

“Now I can fast-track my humanitarian work and assist everyone in Msunduzi. Help has no colour,” he said.

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