Msunduzi mayor promises a ‘safe, vibrant city to live, learn, play’

2015-07-22 10:19
Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela at the media launch of the State of the City address yesterday. (Kailene Pillay)

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ALTHOUGH conceding there remained “many issues” in the city, Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela said Pietermaritzburg is back on the path of good governance.

Speaking at the media launch of the State of the City address (Soca) yesterday, Ndlela said the municipality’s aim is to make Msunduzi a “safe, vibrant city to live, learn, play and raise a family while becoming the business hub of the province”.

“Our vision is clear and our strategy defines the path we need to take to get there,” said Ndlela.

In the build-up to the Soca, Ndlela touched on some of the topics he would address in his speech on July 31.

“I will be speaking on the refurbishments and developments the people of Pietermaritzburg can expect. This also includes the city’s 2030 vision.”

He said the city’s ageing infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrades and in his Soca he will look at the planning, budgeting and implementation thereof. The city’s Back to Basics campaign of repairing, building and cleaning will be addressing the needs of the under-serviced parts of the city.

“The municipality will also be taking a tougher stance on illegal electricity connections and non-payments to the municipality,” said Ndlela.

In conjunction with the media launch of the Soca, Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi launched the City Development Plan.

“The City Development Plan is a promise to a child born today. This plan will show this child what Msunduzi will be like in 15 years. This plan to set the 2030 vision is being launched at the perfect time when Mayor Ndlela will be delivering the State of the City Address,” said Nkosi.

Ndlela said the Soca will also look further into growing the regional economy and focus on playing a bigger role in provincial government.

“We have established a task team who will work with the province and ensure our city’s development plan is in line with that of the province,” he said

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