Msunduzi’s new mayor vows to clean up capital to attract investors

2011-06-14 00:00

THE newly inaugurated Msunduzi Mayor, Chris Ndlela, has promised to tackle service delivery head-on and clean up the city to pave the way for the beleaguered capital to to attract investment.

Ndlela, who was inaugurated on June 2, told The Witness that what he most wants to achieve for the capital city is economic growth through investment.

He says the city needs hotels of a high standard to attract business visitors.

He also wants the city to host international events in the belief that providing excellent services will encourage visiting businesspeople and investors to spread the word of how competent the capital city is being managed.

In the five working days since he has assumed office Ndlela has been attending internal meetings to be brought up to speed about the state of the municipality by its various departments.

He has addressed municipal employees, affirming their role as being crucial in ensuring that the new council’s service delivery mandate is fully achieved.

“The work force is important to us. They are the ones on the ground that ensure that service delivery reaches people,” Ndlela adds.

He says a good work ethic needs to be inculcated to make sure the staff put the needs of residents first.

Among the day-to-day challenges he wants tto address urgently are the frequent power failures, rubbish collection and trimming of overgrown verges.

“These are the focal points we want to tackle. When we get the city clean and put mechanisms in place to ensure that it stays that way, we will be providing an environment conducive for business to invest and we will be encouraging our ratepayers to pay their bills because they are satisfied with the services,” says the mayor.

Other challenges faced by the city, he says, are the widespread use of illegal electricity connections and illegal structures.

Equally shocking is the squalor that many people live in to be closer to their places of work.

His vision of a revitalised Msunduzi is not only reliant on the municipality, but also on the engagement of all stakeholders, and he is urging them to redouble their efforts in their areas of operation to assist in the turnaround of the municipality.

“I would love to see the city portraying an image that says to all citizens of KZN that PMB is indeed a capital city,” says Ndlela.

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