Provincial government descends on KwaDukuza

2018-04-11 06:03
MEC for Economic Development Sihle Zikala and mayor Ricardo Mthembu engage with community members of Doornkop.

MEC for Economic Development Sihle Zikala and mayor Ricardo Mthembu engage with community members of Doornkop.

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THE KwaZulu-Natal provincial government led by the Premier made several inroads in KwaDukuza in the drive for the roll out of Operation Sukuma Sakhe on Wednesday, March 25.

Premier Willies Mchunu and members of the Provincial Executive Council (REC) visited residents in different wards of KwaDukuza as part of the Operation Sukuma Sakhe Project (OSS).

Cabinet OSS, which takes place monthly, is aimed at creating a platform for dialogue between government and the community on issues of service delivery.

During the visit to KwaDukuza residents raised concerns about the lack of housing in their areas and the need to improve roads and infrastructure in some of the areas.

Speaking to the media at Ward 29 Dube Village Mchunu said that the communities have also raised a shocking issue of substance abuse and the prevalence of a drug called whoonga.

“The communities also reported to us that this drug has caused an increase in crime which includes the theft of ARV drugs from patients returning from clinics because the users of this drug use ARVs in the concoction.

“We’ve also been informed there is a high rate of unemployment as well as other issues that are a source of concern for residents.

“As the provincial government, we are here to take in all these concerns and ensure that all relevant arms of government are activated so as to find quick and lasting resolutions to these issues,” said Mchunu

Among places that were visited by cabinet MECs were Glenhhils, Doornkop, Etete, Ntshawini, Groutville and Nonoti.

Accompanying the mayor of KwaDukuza Ricardo Mthembu, MEC for Economic Development and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala were both deployed in Ward 25 where they participated in a number of community activities.

MEC Zikalala delivered tables and chairs to Zizamele Early Childhood Development Center and handed over a new house to three orphaned children.

The MEC later addressed the Ward 25 War Room were a number of community successes and issues were highlighted.

Water supply remains the biggest challenge in the area.

The report back of the Operation Sukuma Sakhe was then tabled to Cogta and iLembe District Municipality at the KwaDukuza Town Hall.

The main focus of the report was the community complaints about service delivery, unemployment and crime.

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