Mayor tables budget speech

2016-06-03 06:00
 Photo: supplied District mayor Mluleki Ndobe at the State of the District Address.

Photo: supplied District mayor Mluleki Ndobe at the State of the District Address.

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THE Mayor of Harry Gwala District Municipality Mlulei Ndobe tabled his last municipal budget speech during his last term to council on Monday.
He said the country comes from a painful past of colonialism, apartheid, oppression and dispossession, but now there is a need to celebrate 16 years of local government.

He highlighted municipal achievements over the past 16 years, including the establishment of new townships that never existed before 1994.
“Human dignity has been restored although there is still a lot to be done. During 2011 local government elections we, as executive committees, established structures such as finance, social services, water and sanitation and technical services. All these committees worked hard to better the lives of people.”

Ndobe promised that the municipality will continue changing people’s lives, but not because of elections.

Speaking about the merging of two local municipalities - Ingwe and KwaSani - he said the new municipality will be called Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

“It is now history that the new entity will be named after Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for her contribution in the struggle and outstanding performance in government in various portfolios.

“Harry Gwala District Municipality prides itself on changing the name of the Sisonke Municipality to Harry Gwala during this term of office.

“During 2011/2012 financial year the municipality received a qualified audit opinion, which was achieved by irregular expenditure, financial sustainability, asset management, internal control deficiencies and procurement issues.”

He said the 2016/2017 budget is going to fast-track bulk water schemes in Ufafa and Ixopo.
“This budget will see that communities around Chibini and parts of Ufafa will receive drinkable water for the first time.
“The Umkhunya water supply will receive water in some areas that fall under the Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality.”

Ndobe said the municipality is going to deal with sewer problems in Bhongweni and Mphela in Kokstad. - Supplied.

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