eThekwini’s Nxumalo named best performing mayor

2014-10-13 00:00

FRESH from winning an excellence award as top mayor, James Nxumalo was on his bicycle competing in yesterday’s 28th annual Amashova Durban Classic.

At the finish line, he said he was “happy that people have noticed the work that I have been doing and my contributions to making Durban a better city”.

On Friday night Nxumalo was named the best performing district/metro mayor at the Municipal Service Excellence Awards held at the Durban International Convention Centre.

The KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) named the province’s best performing mayors along with the best performing municipalities in several categories based on the number of votes received from municipal residents across the province.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Nxumalo said the award was “not about me as a person, but about the people that I serve and the municipality I belong to”.

“Despite challenges we must work harder to provide services to our people. This award motivates us to overcome these challenges.”

Nxumalo said the main challenge in eThekwini was the provision of housing as “more people are coming to the city looking for jobs. We must try our best to accelerate service delivery to our people.”

Newcastle mayor Afzul Rehman won the best performing local municipality mayor for the third year running. Last year he became the first mayor to ban free lunches for councillors, and also saved R8 million by making Newcastle’s municipality the first paperless government structure in South Africa.

Msunduzi’s Ward 13, centred on Slangspruit, won the best Operation Sukuma Sakhe award for their participation in the campaign designed to involve citizens in evaluating government performance in service delivery.

KZN Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the awards showcased good work being done by some municipalities and encouraged the others to “do better”.

Municipal officials must be “the best of the best”, said Dube-Ncube. “We need to see officials getting their hands dirty and going out to ensure the lives of our communities are made better.”


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