NDZ Viewpoint

2018-03-02 06:00

GREETINGS to the residents. It is such a privilege to bring you this week’s view point and to once again remind our people that there is no municipality without the community.

It is such a great pleasure to serve the community of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Local Municipality. A municipality is made up of the community, councillors and the administration. We have constant and continuous interaction as the unequal stakeholders in this municipality. We face challenges together, but we also celebrate together. It is unfortunate that we will forever have competing priorities in our lives, but what matters most, is understanding that not all our current priorities may be attended to in the near future. This is mainly because of the limited resources that are made available on a continuous cycle of a five-, three- or one-year basis.

We must strongly commend and thank the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality (community, councillors and staff) that we have at least agreed to focus on youth development and basic needs as our major current challenges — working together we can do more.

We would also like to report that in the second week of February, Ward 6 of NDZ Municipality was hit hard by heavy storms which caused a lot of damage to people’s houses. As the municipality, we responded to the call and interventions such as food parcels as immediate relief, blankets and nearby community halls were availed to be used by affected residents.

The weather conditions are not favourably at this point in time. As a result, this has caused unrest among the community members. We are asking our residents to be vigilant with regard to the stormy weather prevailing. Mayor Mncwabe has been involved in the interventions, from her visit to the affected families to ensuring that necessary help is provided to the families. We are warning all those living next to river banks and low-lying areas, as localised flooding is expected along the coast and in many parts of the country. We are also urging motorists to avoid all but necessary travel, as some roads experience severe flooding during massive storms. Motorists are requested to listen to weather reports as they plan their journeys.

As the municipality, we would like to express appreciation to all stakeholders that came to the rescue in terms of providing assistance to the affected families, siyabonga. Indeed, your response was aligned with the call by the president — “Thuma Mina”, hence the spirit of working together displayed by all stakeholders emanating from operation Sukuma sakhe level. Until next time, stay blessed.

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