KwaDukuza plays host to iLembe IDP roadshow

2018-12-05 06:02
PHOTO: nkosinathi DUbEMayor Sduduzo Gumede delivers his report at the KwaDukuza leg of the municipality’s IDP roadshow.

PHOTO: nkosinathi DUbEMayor Sduduzo Gumede delivers his report at the KwaDukuza leg of the municipality’s IDP roadshow.

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THE iLembe District Municipality held the KwaDukuza leg of the Integrated Development Roadshow at the KwaDukuza Town Hall on Wednesday, November 21. This follows meetings that have been held in other iLembe municipalities including Ndwedwe, Maphumulo, and Mandeni.

The purpose of the roadshow is to address the challenges the municipalities have and to report back to the communities.

Among stakeholders present were the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Human Settlements Department, iLembe Chamber, and iLembe Enterprise.

iLembe Chamber’s Xolani Gumede said at the event that they aim to build a good working relationship between business and the political principals in the district.

“We must have an understanding with the municipalities within iLembe so that we, as the chamber, can be able to help small business people in the district,” said Gumede.

The Human Settlement Department made presentations on housing projects which are currently under construction in KwaDukuza. There are a total of 13 underway and these include Njekani, Etsheni, Mnyundwini, Groutville Phase 2, and Sakhamkhanya to name a few. Some are still awaiting approval.

While delivering his report, iLembe Mayor Sduduzo Gumede said the rural areas in the district still remain the most affected areas with water supply problems.

“In semi–urban areas of Mandeni and KwaDukuza we still experience a prevalence of illegal connections and non-payments and this affects stability and provision of services by iLembe. KwaDukuza is the hub of economic activity in iLembe so we need cooperation between the two municipalities. Failure to do so will spell disaster for iLembe,” said the mayor.

In his report, he also outlined solutions to problems faced by all 29 wards of KwaDukuza in terms of water supply and assured the community that the municipality is working on a turnaround strategy.

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