New municipality councillors inaugurated

2016-08-25 06:00

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POLITICAL party representatives, families and magistrate Brian Manilall­ attended the inauguration of new councillors for the newly named Ray Nkonyeni Municipality at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre last Thursday.

The new name was adopted after the Ezinqoleni and Hibiscus Coast municipalities merged.

On 10 August Max Mbili was inaugurated as the new municipal manager.

Mbili sat in the meeting as council speaker because the new councillors and executive committee had not been announced.

Ezinqoleni and Hibiscus were the first municipalities to be merged after receiving clean audits.

“Both municipalities received various accolades for their achievements before the amalgamation and this shows how hard they worked in their communities,” said Mbili.

The event was also the first statutory meeting for the new council and elections for a new Executive Committee were on the agenda.

A total of 71 councillors were inaugurated.

Manilall began proceedings, starting with the new speaker, Doctor Njoko, followed by Exco members.

Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu was elected Ray Nkonyeni mayor, Cllr Ronnie Nair as deputy­ mayor and Cllr Gilbert Maphumulo­, chief whip.

Mqwebu, in her mayoral speech, said it was a pleasure to stand as the new mayor­ for the new Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.

She said the fact that people have entrusted them with their welfare and prosperity as councillors for the next five years should be motivation to ensure that Ray Nkonyeni Municipality goes along a prosperous path.

“Let me start by saying that voting in our district was characterised by its spirit­ of peace and tolerance with only a few incidents of violence and intimidation reported.

“This is testimony that our democracy is maturing, and it is now possible for one to associate with a political party of his or her choice without fear.

“As South Africans this is something we should be very proud of,” she said.

Mqwebu congratulated her fellow councillors, who were also inaugurated.

After the speeches council members went to Umthunzi Hotel and Conference Centre for lunch.

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