Meet your new council

2016-08-24 06:00
Mandeni municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba, mayor Siphesihle Zulu, speaker Makhosazane Zungu and deputy mayor Phindile Sishi during the inauguration of council last week. Photo: supplied

Mandeni municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba, mayor Siphesihle Zulu, speaker Makhosazane Zungu and deputy mayor Phindile Sishi during the inauguration of council last week. Photo: supplied

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DURING the inaugural sitting of the KwaDukuza council last Wednesday, Ricardo Mthembu was re-elected as mayor of the municipality with Dolly Govender re-elected as his deputy.

Phumlile Zulu was appointed as the new speaker and Dumisane Ndimande was re-elected as chief whip.

During his acceptance speech, Mthembu highlighted some of the projects which the municipality would embark on, and these include the commencement and completion of housing projects in areas such as Aldenville, Sihle Phakathi, Charlotdale, Etete, Driefontein, Ntshawini, Chris Hani, Lloyd and the Steve Biko area.

He undertook to settle the long-standing issue of the construction of a taxi rank in Ballito by ensuring that the expropriation of the land earmarked for this project formally gets underway. Groutville residents will be pleased to learn that within 18 months a new clinic is to be constructed in the area and that the municipality will engage with the MEC of Arts and Culture with regards to building a library as well, according to the mayor.

Mthembu said 100 individuals are to be recruited and enrolled at the Chief Albert Luthuli Skills Development Centre before the end of the year. “We will be launching the new King Shaka Mixed Use Development in the golf course area. This project will shape and change the future of KwaDukuza CBD and contribute to the urban renewal of the area,” Mthembu said

These are some of the planned programmes that Mthembu spoke about during his speech, read more on our Facebook page.

The KwaDukuza council elected the following members to serve on the executive committee (EXCO): Cllr NR Mthembu, Cllr Dolly Govender, Cllr NR Khumalo, Cllr JA Vallan, Cllr JS Phahla, Cllr TV Ntuli, Cllr Ms. Sing, Cllr MW Hubner, and Cllr JLT Sibiya.

Mandeni mayor Siphesihle Zulu, who was re-elected for a second term last Thursday, 18 August, said stabilising, addressing social challenges and restoring investor confidence in the Isithebe area is one of the priorities the newly elected council would deliver on in the first 100 days in office.

Earlier this year, the industrial area was rocked by violent protests which resulted in several factories being set alight and shutdown.

Zulu said the Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies will be in Isithebe in the coming weeks to launch the rebuilding of the factories that were damaged during the protests.

Zulu commended the outgoing council for managing to receive clean audit opinions for two consecutive financial years and pledged that the newly inaugurated council would learn from this and adhere to financial management policies.

Phindile Sishi was re-elected as the Mandeni deputy with Makhosazana Zungu retaining her position as speaker.

Zibuyisile Khuzwayo Dlamini – who was sworn in as mayor of Maphumulo - and Zama Ncalane – who was inaugurated as deputy mayor – represent the ANC on the EXCO. The IFP is represented by Ntandoyenkosi Nxumalo.

The IFP had been opposed to the EXCO being constituted by three individuals as this meant only one councillor would represent the organisation.

Simphiwe Shange was appointed speaker of the Maphumulo council.

Ndwedwe Municipality will be led by V.B. Chili with Erster Blose as his deputy. Khonza Ngidi was appointed speaker of that council.

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