Development strategy puts PMB on the map

2015-07-23 06:01
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Mayor Chris Ndlela addresses the media about the cityand#039;s development strategy.

PHOTO: nompendulo ngubane Mayor Chris Ndlela addresses the media about the cityand#039;s development strategy.

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PROBLEMATIC areas will be addressed as part of the municipality’s Msunduzi Development Strategy for this year, said mayor Chris Ndlela at the launch of the project on Tuesday at the Tourism Hub.

Ndlela was briefing the media about plans that will be implemented to better and strategically develop the capital city. Other strategies included building a capable and developmental municipality.

The mayor said this means they have to focus on a back-to-basics structure and ensure the existing and new infrastructure work efficiently and economically where the city has a sustainable financial base.

“Our aim is to ensure we make the city the first vibrant city to play and grow in. We have a clear vision about what we want the city to be in future years. The city has to be a place that will be able to address all the needs of its citizens in all angles.

“The development strategy will also define the path we are prepared to take as the city. With regards to back to basics, we aim to address all the problematic areas,” said Ndlela.

Spending, implementing, maintaining, budgeting and planning will be handled strategically, he said.

“Financial sustainability, growing the regional economy and serving as a provincial capital is very important. This means striving and preventing poverty and growing local­ businesses.

“We used to believe this is a small city and we are shifting that away. As the city it is important that we create a learning city and a city of learning.

“We have the best institutions and best school in our city. Education is a priority and it is our duty to ensure that our schools and institutions continue to deliver the best.

“The other strategy is to increase densities and mobility. This strategy will look at how Msunduzi can become more spatially effective and address some of its spatial inequalities.

The mayor will address the State of the City next Friday at the Royal showgrounds

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