District pledges to support rural communities

2017-11-29 06:02
PHOTO: SuppliedUmgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo said the municipality will continue their support of rural communities.

PHOTO: SuppliedUmgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo said the municipality will continue their support of rural communities.

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THE Umgungundlovu District Municipality has committed to continue supporting rural communities in the district.

The undertaking was made by Umgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo on Wednesday, November 15, in her presentation of infrastructure developments made by the municipality after a year in office.

One such development is the newly renovated early childhood development centre in the Ntanzi village, which was extended to include a play area that doubles as a gym.

“It is surprising that such areas as Ntanzi village and its residents have been neglected for such a long time, and as the district municipality we commit to continue supporting rural communities, which make up most of our district,” Maphumulo said.

Ward councillor Njabulo Cebekhulu said residents should view the centre as an asset as it will better their children’s education.

Other key infrastructure developments include a 1,5 mega-litre reservoir in Trustfeed, Wartburg that provides sustainable water for Wartburg and surrounding area residents in Umshwathi, and a project that is to build 4 000 houses.

“The government of the previous regime made sure that the infrastructure was there to serve the minority. As a democratic government, we are here to correct the past and continue with such infrastructure projects to develop and improve the lives of the people.”

The Umshwathi Municipality, where year-in-office celebrations were held, also presented its infrastructure developments since coming into office in 2016.

Head of technical services at the municipality, Bheki Mbambo said one such project is the Umshwathi Secondary Bulk Water Supply Project, which created 159 jobs.

The project will be rolled out in three phases and will be completed by July 2020.

The scheme will service the communities of Mpolweni, Albert Falls, Trustfeed, Coolair and Greater Efaye areas (Nadi, Efaya, Ekhamanzi, Mbulwane and Kwazibusele), which means an estimated 324 000 residents will have access to potable water.

Umshwathi Municipal Manager, Pro Dlamini said the municipality has prioritised the development of agricultural activities and entrepreneurship within this and the arts sector.

“Our municipality is made up of mostly rural areas, which is why we encourage communities to form co-operatives, who will then sell their products to support their families,” Dlamini said.

The municipality has given 10 co-ops equipment and has provided training in the agriculture and arts sectors.

Dlamini said the municipality is in talks with the Department of Rural Development to finalise an R8.5 million injection that will assist local co-operatives with securing land for agricultural purposes.

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