Umzinyathi wins for performance

2013-11-06 00:00

THE district of Umzinyathi was voted the runner-up in the Best Performing District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal during the Municipality Awards hosted by Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) at Durban’s ICC last week.

The uThungulu District Municipality took the number one spot. KZN consists of 11 municipalities, all of which participated in the awards.

Community members were given the task of voting for their municipality of choice.

According to the Umzinyathi District Municipality communications manager Jeff Hassan, the announcement came as a surprise to many, since they have recently been in the news for allegedly misappropriating funds and had requested intervention from Cogta MEC Nomsa Dube.

“This serves as the proof that this municipality … avoided the danger of being bankrupt by taking precautions on its finances by requesting for the intervention,” said Hassan.

Umzinyathi Mayor the Reverend James Mthethwa thanked the management led by municipal manager Mdu Mngomezulu and speaker Bonga Chambule, adding the award was proof of selflessness, hard work and dedication.

“This is the sign of recognition by the community we are serving that indeed Umzinyathi does deliver on its mandate,” said Mthethwa.

He said they were the only judges of the municipality’s performance and it would remain that way.

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