New councillor gets down to business

2015-11-04 06:00
Newly appointed Ward 12 councillor, Jimmy Shabalala calls on ward members to focus on developing the ward. Photo: supplied

Newly appointed Ward 12 councillor, Jimmy Shabalala calls on ward members to focus on developing the ward. Photo: supplied

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THE new Ward 12 in Matatiele councillor, Jimmy Shabalala got down to the serious business of delivering services to the people of his ward.

In the build-up to the by-election that resulted in ANC member Shabalala being elected in Ward 12, he faced fierce opposition from members of his party, with some accusing him of being a cheat and a criminal.

In an exclusive interview with the Fever, Shabalala said people must put down their arms and focus on taking Ward 12 forward.

“The by-election has come and gone, its outcome is what put me in the position of being the councillor of Ward 12. There were differences as in any other ward, but I think we need to refocus our energies on the real issue at hand, which is improving the lives of all the people of Ward 12.”

Shabalala scoffed at claims made by the AIC after the by-election results came out, which claimed that the results were rigged in favour of the ANC.

“I am not worried about the cheap politics of the AIC because they know there was nothing irregular during the by-election. They just don't want to accept that the ANC won the elections fair and square.”

He said he is willing to work with the community to get things going.

“I have heard rumours that I want to remove ward committees and the ward clerk - those are just lies - I have no such plans, instead I am motivating the ward committees to come to the table to discuss the development of our ward with me.

“I want the community to know that I am available to sit with anyone from the community for the advancement of Ward 12,” he said.

His priorities on his service delivery list are to fast-track the installation of electricity in his ward, get health services in the form of mobile clinics for his people and make sure that the youth are s either working or studying.

“One of our priorities as the leadership of Ward 12 is to fast-track the process of phase one installation of electricity in the ward.

“I am also in the final stages of negotiations with the Department of Health to get mobile clinics for the ward. By the end of November we will have mobile clinics in strategic positions around the ward so that health services are available for the people.

“I have also contacted three government departments looking to get funding for youth co-operatives for the youth in Ward 12. We all know that unemployment is a major challenge in our country, but I am confident that getting unemployed young people to form co-operatives that will empower them and provide them with an income will make a difference,” he said.

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