MAPHUMULO Municipality led by Mayor Zibuyisele Khuzwayo-Dlamini held a media briefing to reflect on the progress made on service delivery by the current council at their mayoral boardroom on Wednesday, October 11.The aim of the briefing was to highlight the municipal projects progress to date since the new council took over in August 2016. This resonated with the community as October is Service Delivery Month. The briefing also served to outline plans the municipality has.Mayor Khuzwayo-Dlamini said that even though their achievements are restricted by multiple challenges, they still aim to deliver on the goals set out in their Integrated Development Plan and also stressed that the municipality is not a labour intensive institution.“Our focus areas have been job creation, infrastructure development, poverty alleviation and economic emancipation of our people. “We also have inherited challenges which we are currently addressing and at the same time ensuring that we deliver on key services to our people,” said Khuzwayo-Dlamini.The municipality recently filled some critical posts which have been vacant for a long time which includes the municipal manager and chief financial officer among other managerial positions. There have also been several initiatives including youth development, a crucial focus for the municipality as there have been 22 young people from Maphumulo who have been assisted in getting their code 10 drivers licences.The mayor further stated that the municipality is 90% grant depended and most resources are limited, but have ensured that effective service delivery programmes are achieved.“In this harsh economic environment, we have managed to create 66 jobs for our people through the EPWP programme, which is an initiative by the national and provincial government, and we work closely with these departments to ensure that our people benefit from the opportunities that are being offered,” added Khuzwayo-Dlamini.About 10 projects on infrastructure and development have been completed and handed over which include eight community halls, a sports field and a road project in Mambulu. Khuzwayo-Dlamini also mentioned that a budget has been set aside for the electrification project in four wards that have been without electricity in the past whereas two others have been completed.“We are making the lives of our people much better through sustainable programmes and infrastructure development,” added Khuzwayo-Dlamini.