A HIGH-powered City delegation has committed to accelerate service delivery and ensure an improved quality of life for residents in the four wards that have been incorporated with eThekwini Municipality which were previously under Vulamehlo Local Municipality.
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede accompanied by Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Chairperson Councillor Mondli Mthembu, Acting City Manager Dumisile
Nene, Deputy City Manager for Governance and International Relations Cluster Sipho Cele, Councillors and senior Municipal officials, held a public engagement meeting in Ward 105 at Odidini Hall on 8 March. Residents of the four rural wards, which were officially integrated into eThekwini last year, came out in their numbers to listen to Councillor Gumede’s robust service delivery plans for the community. The wards were previously under Vulamehlo Local Municipality.
The Demarcations Board announced the amalgamation of Embo, Mfume, Fakazi and Mdumezulu in eThekwini as part of the boundary changes to reduce KwaZulu-Natal municipalities from 61 to 54. The new areas made up Ward 105 and contributed to the expansion of wards in eThekwini from 103 to 110. Councillor Gumede pledged to develop the rural wards so that residents receive the same quality of services rendered in other parts of eThekwini. “As we look forward to the 2017/18 financial year, we will prioritise Ward 105. In doing so, we want to build a partnership with this community so that they will help us identify areas that urgently need development.
As we work on the budget for the new financial year, we need your input,” she said. Among challenges facing the Ward, residents highlighted unemployment, lack of infrastructure including tarred roads, bridges and resources including libraries as well as basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation facilities. Responding to the challenges, Councillor Gumede said employment will be created through the Expanded Public Works Programme and other development projects in the Ward.
Councillor Gumede also encouraged small business owners and co-operatives to register on the Municipal Supply Chain database to render their services to the Municipality. With regards to building a library in the area, Councillor Gumede promised to incorporate it in the budget.