iLembe takes #ThumaMina campaign to Mandeni

2018-10-17 06:05
PHOTO: suppliedSeen at a home in Mandeni are (from left) iLembe District Municipality municipal manager Geoffrey Khumalo, ward councillor from Ward 7 Nonhlanhla Dlamini, councillor Happy Ngcobo, iLembe Mayor Siduduzo Gumede, councillor Silindile Zondi and house owner Mrs Ngubane from Ward 7.

PHOTO: suppliedSeen at a home in Mandeni are (from left) iLembe District Municipality municipal manager Geoffrey Khumalo, ward councillor from Ward 7 Nonhlanhla Dlamini, councillor Happy Ngcobo, iLembe Mayor Siduduzo Gumede, councillor Silindile Zondi and house owner Mrs Ngubane from Ward 7.

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ILEMBE District Municipality, led by Mayor Siduduzo Gumede embarked on a two-day #ThumaMina Campaign at Mandeni in Ward Seven last week.

The official campaign was launched by ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa in February and is meant to assist the party with “reconnecting with the people through activities that improve people’s lives and solve the problems they face”.

iLembe District Municipality decided to embark on the #ThumaMina Campaign to tackle challenges that are crippling the municipality, including illegal water connections, water losses, non-payment of water bills, and vandalism of infrastructure.

The program was meant to be held for three days but, due to weather conditions, the programme was conducted over two days, on Thursday and Friday.

iLembe councillors and officials went door-to door on both days, checking meters, registering those residents who are illegally connected, registering indigent applicants, and raising awareness about the importance of paying for municipal services.

Gumede said that, through this campaign, the municipality will work in partnerships for change with all community organisations and sectors.

“We are committed to working with the people to create a better life for all and improve our communities,” said Gumede.

iLembe District Municipality speaker Lucky Makhathini concluded the programme, stating that professionals such as academics and captains of industries must come together and work for the community of iLembe to eradicate poverty and other social-ills.

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