iLembe Traditional House engage councillors

2017-11-29 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedTraditional leaders from iLembe with coucillors and mayors at the Hampshire Hotel.

PHOTO: suppliedTraditional leaders from iLembe with coucillors and mayors at the Hampshire Hotel.

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ILEMBE District Municipality together with councillors from its family of municipalities - Ndwedwe, Mandeni, KwaDukuza and Maphumulo - held an engagement session with Amakhosi (traditional leaders) from the district at the Hampshire Hotel on Thursday, November 16.

The meeting was attended by local mayors and councillors and representatives from the provincial Department of Co-operate Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) to discuss issues and role of traditional leaders at municipal level.

Addressing those in attendance the speaker of iLembe District Municipality Lucky Makhathini said that the purpose of the gathering was to strengthen the working relationship between the traditional council and municipalities.

“We maintain that communication is key in strengthening relations between Amakhosi and the councillors and by that we ensure that service delivery is fast tracked in our communities, so we urge all councillors to allow traditional leaders to participate in their portfolio meetings,” said Makhathini.

The speaker further stated that councillors can learn a lot from Amakhosi in terms of knowledge of communities and their accumulated knowledge and leadership style.

“Therefore, we say that traditional leaders are an important component of local governance and there should be mutual co-operation from them and party leaders and ward committees in order to ensure service delivery runs smoothly,” added Makhathini. The day’s presentation made by Cogta specifically outlined guidelines as to how traditional leaders can participate in municipal activities and how much power they should be given and who should represent the traditional house in meetings.

Speaking on behalf of the iLembe Traditional House chairperson Inkosi V. Mathonsi of Mandeni said that they appreciate the recognition from Cogta and that councillors from iLembe municipalities are making an effort.

“The traditional house acknowledges the speaker’s remarks, but we want all these promises to be implemented and fulfilled, they [councillors] should always give feedback to Amakhosi in terms of projects being done in that particular area,” he said.

The traditional house attended this meeting after having elected new leadership in September and has two representatives at the provincial house of traditional leaders.

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