TO improve stakeholder relations and ensure traditional leaders actively participate in community development, the Ugu District Municipality and its family of local municipalities held a two-day meeting with the Ugu Local House of Traditional Leaders where water services in the rural areas topped the agenda recently. The main purpose of our gathering was to identify community development issues in the areas of Amakhosi and find practical solutions to challenges that hinder rural development. At the meeting general managers in various municipality departments presented projects envisaged in the areas of Amakhosi, which were discussed with Amakhosi where their concerns were addressed and their community development desires were made known. As local government, we have a duty to ensure that the areas of Amakhosi also benefit from our service delivery projects. As mandated by government, our duty is to ensure that the communities we serve have access to water, dignified sanitation and roads and electricity. Over and above these, we need to play an active role in ensuring that poverty is alleviated, our communities have access to a conducive health-care system, our children have a right to education and programmes that will create job opportunities are implemented. We therefore call for a more active citizenry where we as local government, tribal authorities and the community work together to improve the district. Going forward, we will ensure that in all our service delivery initiatives, we involve traditional leaders to ensure more effective service delivery in their communities. As government, we respect Amakhosi and want to make sure we strengthen our relations and ensure development is more evident in their community and that government’s service delivery goals are reached through collaborative efforts between the municipality, tribal authorise, councillors, ward committees and the communities.