Umzinyathi Mayor’s 100-day Report Back

2017-11-08 06:00
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ALL the targets set at the Umzinyathi Council meeting on June 13 have been met said district mayor Alderman Petros Ngubane at his 100-day report back at Sampofu packaging plant in Msinga on November 1.

“I am proud of the pace and the achievements we have made thus far, although not all have been fulfilled as per our plans and expectations due to some constraints such as the budget shortfall and other issues.”

Imbizos were held within the four municipalities at which an IDP summary and the budget for projects were presented.

The district mayor referred to the forensic investigations as the most important identified achievement.

Over the years a number of forensic investigations had been conducted in Umzinyathi Municipality, but their recommendations were never implemented.

“Council is now implementing those recommendations, and as result two senior managers and a number of middle managers have been suspended pending an ongoing investigation.

“We are also conducting an investigation into other projects conducted in an irregular manner. Millions were squandered and we will not rest until those public funds are accounted for.”

Umzinyathi District Municipality is a district in KwaZulu-Natal that has been severely affected by the drought that has plagued the whole country for the past couple of years.

Eight water tanker trucks, worth R10 000 000, recently bought will ease the plight of residents in even the most isolated parts of the district.

He also announced there were a number of water and sanitation projects in the pipeline for all four municipalities to the value of R246 million.

Umzinyathi has done extremely well in the expanded public works programme having been awarded the annual Kamoso award for the best district municipality environment and culture sector.

In the past three months 159 community members had been hired on a contract basis and were earning a stipend in the various projects.

Mayor Ngubane said he had highlighted plans for the youth in his first mayoral address and 200 youth were in

learnerships, which are running in all four municipalities with 200 youth being trained in various fields .

A number of community outreach programmes had taken place over the past four months, including the Dundee July, the provincial indigenous games festival, Siyaya maidens camp, the provincial golden games, She Conquers forum, Amakhosi forum and still to come, launches of the widows forum and 16 Days of Activism and more.

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