Mayor inspires hope at imbizo

2015-05-22 06:00

THE Greater Kokstad Municipality mayor, Nosisa Jojozi, inspired hope when she delivered the 2015 State of the Municipality address during her mayoral imbizo at the Franklin sports field last Thursday.

The annual imbizo was attended by councillors, stakeholders and the community, hosted in partnership with Harry Gwala District Municipality.

Jojozi said that despite financial constraints the people of Kokstad can see the municipality is delivering services to the community of Kokstad.

“The financial situation in the municipality posed a serious challenge in delivering the planned projects however, we are happy to see that some of the projects were delivered to the people. Who would have thought that Horseshoe will have almost 100% tarred roads? Who would have thought that kwa Pakkies and Thuthuka Ngele will have electricity? In fact, Kokstad is almost 100% electrified.”

All eight municipality wards have tasted service delivery in terms of roads, houses, halls, electricity and waste management, she said.

Jojozi said there are many projects under way and some have been budgeted for in the 2015/2016 financial year. The Greater Kokstad Municipality has been on the receiving end of many community protests and invasions by the Economic Freedom Fighters complaining about service delivery.

“Communities do have concerns. but Rome was not built in one day. We are working hard to improve the lives of the people under our municipality,” she said.

Jojozi urged farmers in Kokstad and surrounding areas to stop maltreating their workers.

“I appeal to our farmers to treat their employees as human beings, not as slaves. We donand#039;t want to see what happened in Glenroy Farms in Dududu to happen in Kokstad. I applaud the farmers who treat their employees well and request them to share that good practice with others,” she said.

Sam Sishuba, a Franklin resident, said that he can see the municipality is working.

“I live in a RDP house with a flushing toilet. We have clean water and sanitation. As much as we want more, the municipality has delivered basic services. All we need now are job opportunities.”

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