KDM’s Masakhane Campaign enhances service delivery

2018-03-14 06:01
PHOTO: NKOSINATHI DUBEKDM Mayor Ricardo Mthembu during the Masakhane Campaign launch.

PHOTO: NKOSINATHI DUBEKDM Mayor Ricardo Mthembu during the Masakhane Campaign launch.

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THE KwaDukuza Municipality led by Mayor Ricardo Mthembu launched the Masakhane Campaign during a press briefing held at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville on March 1.

The Masakhane Campaign is an initiative by the municipality and a strategic partnership between the government and the community which is characterised by a commitment to the enhancement of service delivery.

Speaking at the media launch, Mthembu said the KwaDukuza Council adopted the Masakhane Campaign during its 2016 lekgotla, with the view of mobilising communities to participate in revenue generation and governance issues.

“During the lekgotla, we pointed out that as a matter of principle, the campaign will be used as a vehicle to drive and assure sustainable growth and development by mobilising civil responsibility so as to enhance revenue generation through the adequate payment of service, as a result of lessons learnt in the previous term of office,” said Mthembu.

The mayor also said that the campaign will serve as a vehicle for sustainable growth and will educate the people on the plans the municipality has in terms of service delivery and insure their active involvement in governance.

As the launch coincides with the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, Mthembu shed some light on how the Masakhane concept was formed.

“The project itself is neither new nor unique; it remains a very significant feature in the timeline of our democracy.

“The concept and definition is reflected in what former president Nelson Mandela said 23 years ago, that each brick that is used to build a wall is the result of many people’s work,” said Mthembu.

The municipality hit back at those who are flouting the rate-paying system as they have had a significant loss of revenue due to non-payments, as 10% of the municipality’s revenue is funded by government.

“Revenue loss is attributed to many things. Mainly it is due to theft of electricity, ageing infrastructure and negligence but as council we have established teams to look into the matter.

“The municipality has also had to cut overtime expenses as the system is costing KDM a lot of money due its manipulation by employees,” he said.

The campaign is to span over a period of five years, including the current term of office (2016-2019), with its initial implementation being expanded into multiple phases as of 2018, in order to effectively address the issue of the non-payment services.

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