DURING the handover of plant equipment to the uMgungundlovu District, KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Ravi Pillay urged municipalities to take good of the equipment given to them so that it can last longer and assist communities with service delivery. The official handover of the equipment last Thursday saw R10 million worth of equipment presented to the uMgungundlovu District at the Caluza Sports Grounds under Operation Khawuleza. This included a water tanker, a honey sucker, a TLB, a refuse compactor truck, a padfoot roller, and a walk-behind roller. Representing the KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Sipho Hlomuka, at the event, Pillay said the equipment is for all seven municipalities that fall under the uMgungundlovu District. He added that the operation is aimed at accelerating the delivery of services to communities.“We’ve implemented this programme because we have heard your cries regarding service delivery and we are aware of your frustrations. “All this equipment will be used to attend to key service delivery challenges such as the maintenance of roads, including the fixing of potholes, and the provision of sanitation and water in the seven local municipalities under the district.“We are confident that this endeavour will enable municipalities to meet the service delivery needs of our communities at an increased pace,” he said. Pillay added that, as the champion MEC and the champion HOD [head of department], he will be monitoring the use of the machinery to ensure that it is used for what it is intended for. “Municipalities using this machinery are expected to report monthly on how it has been used to improve service delivery.“We urge you to look after this equipment because we do not want to come back after three months and find that it is broken or it has been smashed or not serviced. Look after it so it lasts for a longer period of time,” he said. uMgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo said they hope that they will able to speed up service delivery now that they have these tools to assist them.