Ugu reflects on 16-year service delivery journey

2016-05-19 06:00
Handing over the flame (from left) Vulamehlo mayor Thabani Dube, Ugu mayor Ntombifiile Gumede, MEC for Department of Social Development Weziwe Thusi, MEC for Department of Human Settlement Ravi Pillay and Harry Gwala District Municipality mayor Mluleki Ndobe who accepts the torch.

Handing over the flame (from left) Vulamehlo mayor Thabani Dube, Ugu mayor Ntombifiile Gumede, MEC for Department of Social Development Weziwe Thusi, MEC for Department of Human Settlement Ravi Pillay and Harry Gwala District Municipality mayor Mluleki Ndobe who accepts the torch.

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JUBILATION and proud moments were witnessed in the district when Ugu District Municipality and its family­ of local municipalities held a series of celebratory­ ceremonies, commemorating the 16 years of democratic local­ government in the past week.

The six-day celebrations were led by the district's political champion, the MEC for Social Development, Weziwe Thusi, Ugu District mayor Ntombifikile Gumede and the mayors from local municipalities Umuziwabantu, Ezinqoleni, Hibiscus Coast, Umzumbe, Umdoni and Vulamehlo and were conducted by carrying the celebration flame along these municipalities­.

This memorable occasion in the history of local government, commenced with a launch of this programme in Umuziwabantu last Thursday. The event was graced by the province's leadership, which included the premier of KZN Senzo Mchunu and MEC for Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube, among others.

Service delivery successes were shared with communities where each municipality showcased their greatest service delivery achievements that have created a better life for citizens of their district since the inception of local government.

Showcased achievements included electrified households, RDP housing, water supply and sports and recreational­ facilities.

Addressing communities during these celebrations, Ugu mayor said: "It is 21 years since the advent of democracy and 16 years into the operation of an entirely new local government dispensation.

“It is therefore worth mentioning that local government has not only survived a fundamental restructuring over the past 16 years, but has made great strides towards extending service delivery and development to marginalised communities."

Ugu district hosted these celebrations with pride conjoining them with the recently achieved milestone of being the only district in KZN that has attained the most number of clean audits for the 2014/15 financial year.

"I am proud to announce that this pleasing achievement has placed Ugu district as the best performing district in the province," said Mchunu.

In 16 years, service delivery has risen, with noticeable progress been made in improving the lives of our communities since the establishment of local government. Government's task, going forward, is to work tirelessly in addressing the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

It is for this reason, that as part of the celebrations of 16 years of democratic local government and beyond, we will be mobilising our communities behind the National Development Plan and Vision 2030 as our collective response to the challenges faced by the communities.

The district celebrations were sealed at Vulamehlo Municipality where, after a joyous celebration with the Vulamehlo community, the leadership handed over the celebration flame to Harry Gwala District Municipality to commence with their celebrations.

This celebration flame will visit 61 KZN municipalities.

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