GREETINGS to all.INDAWANA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLIt is always motivational to be part of a transitional period, especially in the education sector. Through fruitful engagements over the years and with the municipality hosting IDP outreach programmes and other government engagements the community of Ward 1 (Indawana Village) recently benefited. The building of Indawana Senior Secondary and its official handover proved the commitment of government towards dignifying education. The cost of building the modern school is R38 million. We would like to express words of gratitude to the community of Ward 1 especially the house of traditional leaders for being patient with the processes throughout the project. PUBLIC PROTESTSAs a municipality, we support every stakeholder that wants to express its views whenever they feel there are service delivery transgressions caused by government, Umzimkhulu Municipality in particular. In the same breath, we would like to caution the community of this rural based municipality to respect engagements processes. We also caution our community members and stakeholders to be alert of opportunistic and faceless individuals who would calculatively misinform them of the processes and what is yet to happen. Thus far, Umzimkhulu has earned the best performing KZN municipality award due to engagements with its communities that has always borne fruit and we need to embrace that. We take this opportunity to call upon stakeholders and the community of Umzimkhulu not to demolish nor destroy what has already been built through their engagements while pursuing other service delivery issues because that would be the reversal of almost all the gains and will never make sense. ILLEGAL GRASSLAND FIRE IS A CRIMINAL ACTIVITYWe have noticed that our communities and stakeholders are playing a critical role in preventing disasters in our communities. In partnership with traditional leaders and Umzimkhulu Private Farmers’ Association, a lot had been achieved, but there are few individuals who irresponsibly and illegally do not take care of our grazing land by undertaking fire exercises. We therefore reprimand such people by reminding them that any fire exercise should be reported to the ward committees, councillors and traditional house of leaders in their respective villages. Till we meet again.