‘By 2021 uMvoti will have access to services’

2019-04-10 06:00
PHOTOS: andile sithole Umvoti residents during the IDP roadshow held at Greytown Town Hall.

PHOTOS: andile sithole Umvoti residents during the IDP roadshow held at Greytown Town Hall.

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ACCELERATING service delivery in the uMvoti and uMzinyathi District Municipality is one of the top priorities that emerged at the 2019/2020 Integrated Development Planning and Budget Roadshow, held at the Greytown Townhall on April 2.

While some residents at the roadshow complained about the poor services provided for people with disabilities in uMvoti Municipality, some residents coming from different wards in uMzinyathi and uMvoti claimed that ward councillors provide services to their friends.

One of the residents claimed that the ward councillor in their area forced residents to produce the party’s membership card before assisting them.

“I complained to you [uMvoti Mayor] before about poor conditions that people with disabilities have to contend with daily in town.

“Firstly, demarcated parking for the disabled in Greytown are not enough.

“Secondly, there is a trench near Min Cash. A wheelchair-bound disabled person struggles to cross because the trench is wide.

“I am now complaining again to you. uMzinyathi [District Municipality] always approves the budget for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, due to the mismanagement of funds in the [uMvoti] municipality, people with disabilities are not benefitting from the services,” an angry resident said.

Other residents at the meeting told officials that access roads in Matimatolo have not been completed.

In response to the questions raised by the residents, uMvoti Mayor Thamsanqa Ngubane urged residents to be patient while the municipality tries its best to deliver services to the people.

Ngubane promised residents that the municipality was working on providing services to the areas that have not benefitted from government services such as water and electricity.

“By 2021 all areas in Umvoti will have access to the services. As uMvoti Municipality, we installed high masts in Ntembisweni that cost more than R1 million. We want everybody to have electricity.”

In his budget speech, Mayor of uMzinyathi District Municipality Petros Ngubane said the Nquthu area, being a site of commemoration of the 140-year anniversary for the battle of Isandlwana, is considered as a tourist attraction destination. He urged residents to take up the initiative and use opportunities to attract tourists to visit areas in the uMvoti Municipality.

Integrated Development Planning(IDP) is a process through which municipalities prepare a strategic development plan for a five-year period.

The IDP is a principal strategic planning instrument which guides and informs all planning, budgeting, management and decision-making in a municipality.

In terms of Section 28 of the Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000, municipalities are required to prepare a process that will guide the planning, drafting, adoption and review of the integrated development plan.

The budget roadshows were also held at Fabeni in Msinga on April 3, VA Makhoba Hall in Nquthu on April 4 and Moth Hall in Dundee on April 5.

Proposed social development programmes for 2019/2020

• Youth social development programmes — R7 069 010

• Economic development programmes — R5 200 000

• Women social programmes — R1 671 977

• Traditional and indigenous programmes — R1 191 800

• Social HIV/Aids programmes — R915 202

• Public consultation programmes — R726 712

• Social disability programmes — R505 000

• Tourism programmes — R3 000 000

• Social rural horse programmes — R510 975

• Mayoral social programmes — R2 500 000

• Development agency — R3 800 000

• Social public elderly programmes — R937 510

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