MBIZANA Local Municipality held its Imbizos for its integrated development plan budget at Sithukuthezi village last Tuesday.
Mayor Cllr Makhaya Twabu led the delegation of municipal officials and councillors to different wards of the municipality throughout the week ending it off on Thursday at the Arts Centre in Mbizana.
“We have decided to go out to the public to give them a platform to voice out their concerns about service delivery and to also offer them an opportunity to directly interact with their leaders,” said Twabu.
Among issues raised by community members from several wards, were water challenges, poor roads with some in need of maintenance and slow progress in electrification and RDP houses.
Mzukisi Vanana from ward 30 in Dutyini location asked for the construction of a sports ground for his ward, water system installation, access road from Dutyini to Ntsimbini and electricity.
“We have been promised most of these services for a very long time now and we hope the municipality can finally deliver since all these are basic needs,” said Vanana.
The Mayor responded by clarifying that as the local municipality, they have no mandate over water infrastructure but the District has that responsibility and promised to take all the complaints to the Alfred Nzo District Municipality.
“We do have major electrification projects that are heading towards completion including Goxe, Mgodini and Mpunzi areas. We also took a loan from the Development Bank of South Africa to fast-track the electrification projects in our wards,” said the Mayor.
The municipality also revealed its newly acquired fleet of graders and trucks for road maintenance which will result in the municipality not having to rely on service providers for this.