Response to mayor’s article

2018-01-24 06:00


On Wednesday January 17 I read what I thought would be an incredibly interesting monthly “coloumn” on page 5 of the Greytown Gazette, by the mayor, Councillor T.C. Ngubane, supposedly reflecting on the issues within Umvoti.

My focus shifted to the “issues” as I was hoping the mayor would finally respond to issues of general public interest left unaddressed by his office previously and in addition, draw attention to municipal plans for 2018.

In my view the mayor failed miserably to expand in practical terms what measures has, or will the municipality take in order to restore the dignity of the people of Umvoti.

So many of the residents are merely surviving through the lack of efficient service delivery, unemployment and dire poverty. The mayor suggested that the dignity of the people would be fully restored as a result of accomplishing our mission, but fails to define “the mission”, moreover he shuns responsibility by claiming that “peoples’ lack of making deliberate and conscious reflection on why God brought them to the world”, is the core of our problems.

In paragraph 3 the mayor makes mention of the year 2018 “presenting all of us with new opportunities”.

These opportunities according to the mayor are as follows;

(i) To fully discover and imbue ourselves with a strong sense of the mission.

(ii) To develop a plan that would take into consideration the environment within which one’s mission should be attained and also study the environment as prescribed by Friedrich Engels.

(iii) To pursue our mission with obsessive dedication and always be

I am not sure what the focal message being portrayed in his article is, but I am definitely sure I am confused and bewildered.

The mayor borrows from the Communist Manifesto, Marxism/Leninism tools of analysis, in a context where it is highly immaterial and irrelevant.

It is true all humans wants happiness and progress, but what are some of the measures that the municipality has taken in order to address problems which are hindering the happiness and progress of the people of Umvoti?

How, in terms of the many requirements of Umvoti citizens, does the municipality justify the employment of a private public relations firm which is being paid for by ratepayers.

Most municipalities have built in personnel more than capable of issuing media releases and of a better calibre than the mayor’s mission for the readers.

The mayors article does not make sense - we really expect and deserve better as the people of Umvoti.



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