Imbali councillor wins Best Councillor 2015 award

2015-12-28 09:40
Ward 19 councillor Siphiwe Caiphas Ndawonde, who won the Best Ward Councillor for 2015 at the recent municipal awards, enjoys the recent outdoor gym he championed for the Imbali community.

Ward 19 councillor Siphiwe Caiphas Ndawonde, who won the Best Ward Councillor for 2015 at the recent municipal awards, enjoys the recent outdoor gym he championed for the Imbali community. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Born and raised in Imbali, and now serving his community as ward councillor, Siphiwe Caiphas Ndawonde is all smiles after he was awarded the Best Councillor of 2015 recently.

Ndawonde said he never expected an award, let alone recognition, for the hard work he puts in for his community.

“It certainly does feel very good to be appreciated though,” he laughed.

Ndawonde, ward councillor for Ward 19 in Imbali, said that the award he received at the recent Municipal Service Excellence Awards was not due to an individual effort.

“I have a very effective ward committee and a well run municipal office. My heart belongs to this community and whether I am a councillor or not, I will always do my best to help them,” said Ndawonde.

He said that although everything runs smoothly at the office, there would be no work if the community were not as vocal and supportive as they are.

“I love this community. They are very supportive and they are always attending meetings and gatherings to discuss with me the way forward for our area,” he said.

A youth leader from Ward 19, Ntombikayise Dlamini, told The Witness the community was overjoyed at the news of their award-winning councillor.

“The councillor has been phenomenal. I think the rest of the ward and Pietermaritzburg at large needs to be aware of his work. Other councillors could even come get advice from him,” said Dlamini.

She said the most recent achievement that was championed by Ndawonde is the new outdoor gym and park that is open to anyone.

Ndawonde said that it has only been two weeks since the outdoor gym equipment was installed but “every day, come rain or sunshine” the gym is busy.

“It is absolutely satisfying to see the community use the gym. There are times when I drive past and see old grannies busy exercising,” said Ndawonde.

Other projects that were spearheaded by Ndawonde include the local hall renovation, construction of the Ekukhanyeni Special School, resurfacing of roads and pathways, eradication of sewer blockages and construction of speed humps.

He added that the building of two RDP houses for destitute families will begin early next year.


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