THE uMshwathi Local Municipality mayor, Cllr Mbhele, Exco, councillors, municipal manager, Nhlanhla Mbaso and his senior management gathered at the Drakensberg Gardens on 24 January to plan a strategic direction for the municipality. The intense three-day urban strategic planning workshop was facilitated by officials from Mile's Municipal Technical Support Programme and Cogta. The purpose of the workshop was to develop an understanding as to why a longer-term strategic vision is required for city development.The 60 delegates showed passion and commitment to the process. They worked long hours to review their vision and develop their seven-point strategic action plan. The draft reviewed vision developed will be viewed by stakeholder consultation before it is adopted. The Drakensberg Gardens 2017 Accord was signed by all the delegates where they pledged to honour and uphold the revised draft vision for Umshwathi Municipality. - Sibusiso Mkhithi.