uMvoti mayor, CFO on mystery visit to China

2009-09-02 00:00

UMVOTI Mayor Petros Ngubane and his chief financial officer, Sipho Ndabandaba, have flown to China accompanied by a Durban businessman on a trip that is being kept hush-hush.

Municipal manager Hamilton Shan­gase has denied all knowledge of such a trip. However, when it was confirmed by several reliable sources on Monday, he issued the following statement:

“In response to the numerous queries regarding the mayor being abroad; yes, he has left for China on August 29, 2009 with the chief financial officer, who had to attend due to his financial background.

“However, due to security reasons, the reason for the visit or any other flight details could not be disclosed and still cannot be disclosed at this stage. A full statement will be given once the mayor and chief financial officer return.”

Many residents of Greytown recall that in January 2002, the mayor, with four other mayors from the uMzinyathi district, went on a trip to China that cost Greytown ratepayers R86 418,75.

The mayor claimed that it was “worth it from the point of view of future development by Chinese investors” and on his return proudly announced that 20 companies had signed letters of intent to invest in uMvoti.

The trip has raised many questions regarding how the districts are being run.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.