NMZ Viewpoint

2018-04-27 06:00

Greetings to all

2017/2018 IDP OUTREACH
PROGRAMME

It is that time of the season whereby communities have to be formally engaged with on issues of service delivery throughout Umzimkhulu.

From May 6 until May 13, Umzimkhulu Municipality will be conducting an IDP and Budget Izimbizo Outreach Programme to ensure that communities are addressed on the distance travelled on the implementation of service deli-very.

During these engagements, communities will also get opportunities to engage with the broader government delegates.

Invitations have been extended to all stakeholders to deploy representatives per ward so that clarities can be provided, with the view to bring communities into their confidence.

2018/2023 ICT STRATEGY

South Africa in general, and local government in particular, are facing huge challenges regarding urgent communication with the clientele on issues of service deli- very.

Huge sums of monies are injected into local government for service delivery, and therefore this sector has to showcase aggressively, its accountable expenditure to the broader audience, for public confidence.

In the same breath, due to the transitional period, our communities are technologically evolving, forcing the municipalities to be technological giants.

Umzimkhulu is not immune to the responsibility to showcase its activities, even to those who might not be residing in Umzimkhulu but are originally from this rural-based municipality.

It is on that note that Umzimkhulu has since developed documents through which we want to create a technological enabling environment for our communi- ties.

We have realised that we cannot define service delivery through roads, toilets, sports fields or community halls only, as technological empowerment is the most relevant service-delivery objective.

Our 2018/2023 ICT Strategy document does not only reveal our technological ambitions but unpacks our commitment to this sector.

As from the next financial year, this document will be available to the public, hence it would long have been adopted by the council.

RECREATIONAL SITES —
MRABARABA AND CHESS

As a municipality, we were bothered by the fact that our children and communities fruitfully participate in indigenous games, especially mrabaraba and chess, yet we did not have places where they could practise.

Therefore, in partnership with the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation, we identified Umzimkhulu Park (opposite Umzimkhulu Mall) as an ideal venue where mrabaraba and chess boards could be erected on the floor.

The public will be allowed to play these games throughout the day as part of empowerment, recreation and crowd-control management.

This project is in line with our technological ambitions, youth empowerment, education and local economic development. The project is 70% complete and will soon be handed over to the public.

Till we meet again.

Zweliphantsi Sikhosana

Municipal Manager

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