Mandeni council deals with committee’s concerns

2018-05-23 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedMandeni officials meeting with the iSithebe Community Organisation Committee.

PHOTO: suppliedMandeni officials meeting with the iSithebe Community Organisation Committee.

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MANDENI Municipality Mayor Siphesihle Zulu and council met with the iSithebe Community Organisation Committee at Sibusisiwe Hall to discuss issues that were raised by the committee recently.

Dumisani Mbongwa, director of economic development department said that the main purpose of the meeting was to discuss complaints that were being raised by iSithebe Community Organisation Committee (ISCO) and to seek solution.

Issues that were raised included intervention by the municipality in obtaining job opportunities in both private and public sector, the recruitment criteria by iSithebe industries which ignores the indigenous people of iSithebe and cater for people from outside Mandeni, the convention of a summit that will involve other stakeholders like the Government departments, Eskom, Prasa, etc.

Zulu said that the municipality is part of Government and is being guided by the country’s constitution and cannot do things without following the constitution. “In other word we cannot do what is no drafted in the country’s constitution, different firms at iSithebe have their own constitution with regards to recruitment which we cannot manipulate. As Mandeni Municipality we will take all your grievances, but I cannot assure you that we will be able to respond to all of them because some of them needs the Government departments, public and private sector’s attention.

“For this reason, I recommend that a meeting of this nature should be reconvened for every stakeholders to respond on their behalf,” said Zulu. Zulu further persuaded the committee to understand that iSithebe is not only for iSithebe or Mandeni residents, but it caters for all South Africans who are in need of employment and meet job requirements.

“Currently we have iSithebe Business Cluster being chaired by Mr Trevor one of the directors in Whirlpool. In a meeting we had with iSithebe Business Cluster and iLembe Chamber of Commerce we agreed that we will seek solutions to these problems and I also urge you to work closely with two bodies to seek solutions,” said Zulu.

The mayor also assured the committee that they are working to engage with iMfolozi TVET Colleges to have a curriculum that accommodates the needs and skills required at iSithebe industries for more job opportunities to be created, which can be achieved through working collaboratively with Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).

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