Message from the Mayor

MTHONJANENI MAYOR – WELCOME TO 2019

 

We embrace 2019 as another year of remaining committed towards achieving our service delivery goals. Mthonjaneni Municipality has constantly delivered on its promises of ensuring that our communities, see accelerated service delivery being implemented. This year will be no different, as our Council continues to embrace the spirit of service delivery excellence.

I would also like to thank the Municipal Council and Staff for their dedication and commitment towards serving the people of Mthonjaneni. It is through their commitment and respect for their work that our Municipality has achieved an unqualified Audit Opinions from the Office of the Auditor General for two consecutive years.

In just the two years of we have fulfilled all the promises we have made to our electorate. We have supported local businesses and Co-operatives, fast tracked infrastructure development in all of our 13 Wards. We have also amended the Pauper Burial Support Policy, instead of giving people a grocery voucher we have added a coffin and transport. We also promised Mthonjaneni artists that we will build a recording studio and implemented a programme of giving youth Drivers Licence’s in all our wards.

In 2018 alone, we have assisted and registered co-operatives in all 13 wards with materials to assist in their work.  We have also decided to rehabilitate and complete projects which were abandoned by the dissolved Ntambanana Municipality. We also developed and handed over to the community four projects, the Oviceni crèche which cost R271 859.43, the  Lumbi sport field that cost R944 936.54 in ward 12, the Mabhensa Sport Complex in ward 10 which cost R1 566 783.46 and the Mkhakhwini Community Hall in ward 9  which cost R628 562.52.

We also took the decision of building Mpevu Community hall in ward 09 which cost R2.8 million, Gobihlahla Crèche in ward 11 which cost R2.2 million and Ntombokazi community hall in ward 12 cost R2.2 million. Mthonjaneni also officially opened a new Administration building which costs R9.2 million. We also took a decision of rehabilitating five roads in town which are Reinhold Street, Jacob Cohn Street, Symmonds Street, Ortlepp Street and Osborn Street. The whole project for roads rehabilitation costs R13.9 million. The municipality also held sod turning ceremonies and introduced contractors who will be responsible for the construction of Nungwini gravel road in ward 1, which is under Cllr MN Biyela. The 5.4 km road will cost R 6 661 306.63.

The construction of 1.8 km Mfule gravel roads in ward 4 under Cllr P.E Ntombela cost just over R3.1 million and is expected to be in use soon. The construction of the Manzawayo gravel road in ward 5 under Cllr Z Sibiya is also under way and cost R4.3 Million.

The Makhasaneni Soqiwa Electrification project is on track as the first process of connection has been implemented for the communities of Wards 3 and 7.

Although our municipality has a small budget with limited resources, we are performing well with stable finances that is able to meet the needs of our people. In August 2018 we had held a successful Mayoral Cup as well as participating in the District and Provincial Salga Games. During the 2018 Mayoral Cup we extended the number of sporting codes unlike the previous years where we could only accommodate two sporting codes of soccer and netball. We also hired professional soccer scouters who were scouting for the talent in Mthonjaneni. We also had a successful Maidens Send-off Ceremony to eNyokeni, kwaNongoma to be part of Reed Dance.

Once again, I would like to thank my colleague’s honourable Councillors, Municipal Staff, Amakhosi and the community for their dedication towards building and developing our home which is Mthonjaneni Municipality.

I thank you

Cllr S.B.K. Biyela