Our district is better today than it was yesterday

2017-12-21 06:00

OUR district has always been, and continues to remain a district of stark contrast between those who enjoy a high standard of living, and those who struggle to make ends meet.

It is a district of colliding worlds and visions - a district which still bears the service delivery scars of an unjust and immoral system of the pre-colonial regime.

However, we need to change course as we strive to become an equitable, non-racial, prosperous, non-sexist, and just society.

Shifting course will require commitment and dedication from all who make this district their home. Extraordinary effort is demanded from all of us to work towards building a more equitable society, where everyone is cared for and where none are neglected.

Our focus is on accelerating service delivery of water and sanitation services to our communities and the eradication of poverty, and we are determined to overcome whatever challenges we encounter in pursuit of this noble course.

This year the municipality introduced various poverty alleviation programmes because we are aware of the large socioeconomic challenges facing our communities. We are also aware that Ugu district is a place of immense potential with its greatest asset being its young people.

Our municipality has made remarkable in-roads to rural communities with the delivery of water and sanitation services that were previously only reserved for certain areas.

Communities who had no access to economic opportunities have now been given some by bringing jobs nearer to their areas of residence through our various poverty alleviation initiatives.

We still cannot remain in the comfort of these achievements as voices of destitute communities still echo. We shall ensure that no one is left out and our leadership is resolute in ensuring a better life for all our communities to move our district forward. The Ugu District Municipality has over the years invested a high portion of its budget on basic services mainly targeted at previously disadvantaged communities. Mega water and sanitation projects have been implemented across the district to expand access of our services to our communities, and the maintenance of our water and sanitation infrastructure is ongoing. Programmes have been initiated to make an economic impact in areas which were previously disadvantaged and growth points have been identified in those areas.

Our task is to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality and create an enabling environment for our communities.

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