No cause for panic in Umdoni

Umdoni Municipality, Scottburgh

Recent developments and media statements on the state of affairs in Umdoni Municipality need not cause panic and neither should they create a state of uncertainty.

Council remains committed to servicing all sectors of the community with high quality services.

In this regard a commitment is hereby made to address all areas of concern, within the immediate period:

Potholes

A budget set aside for this purpose will be expended accordingly and Ward Councillors will be called upon to prioritise areas of greatest need.

Gravel Roads In Rural Areas

The problems with the two municipal graders is receiving attention and both will soon be operational. Graders will be in the respective wards with effect from the 2nd week of June, and as mentioned earlier, Councillors will assist in developing the schedule.

KZN Department of Transport will also be brought on board as some roads are the responsibility of this department.

Streetlights

Negotiations with Eskom are underway to clear the confusion regarding roles and responsibilities. A budget was allocated but what needs to be clarified is a matter of jurisdiction. Communication on the way-forward will be sent to Councillors, Ratepayer Associations as well as Ward Committees, latest by 15 June 2017.

Landfill Site

Compliance notices received from the Department of Environmental Affairs are being urgently attended to and assurance is given that the Landfill will continue to operate within the regulatory framework.

Mig Expenditure

A recovery plan has been developed and very soon construction will continue for all the affected projects. Staff Issues Constructive engagements underpinned by the principles of mutual respect, a sense of duty and discipline, between Management and Labour, have been activated and will be a continuous activity. In these engagements all parties will be reminded of their respective responsibilities and that the glue binding one to the other is nothing else but work.

Verge Maintenance

Contracted service providers will be monitored and those not performing will be put on terms. The Director for Community Services will soon be circulating a programme to affected Councillors as a mechanism to strengthen monitoring. In all instances, members of the public are encouraged to keep us on our toes, engaging with us in a constructive manner.

Concerns about the state of affairs in Umzinto have been heard and Council is securing partnerships with other stakeholders to come up with a realistic Umzinto Town re-development framework. A further complication is the location of the taxi rank, as the area is prone to flooding. Other matters in the public domain are being handled by the responsible authorities and Council is awaiting the outcome.

Youth Month

As we celebrate Youth Month, I hereby encourage young persons to strive for excellence, grabbing with both hands the opportunities that have been presented to them. Initiatives like Operation Phakisa, RASET and Black Industrialist all need enterprising and astute young persons who are smart thinkers.

Poverty is no excuse and please note there is no reward for laziness. At Umdoni we will partner with you in translating your dreams and aspirations into reality – and you do not have to work for the municipality to make it in life.

Let’s build Umdoni together, and reclaim its rightful status as a place of natural beauty and tranquility.

Issued on behalf of Council by: R Mandla Mabece Acting Municipal Manager – Umdoni Municipality & Ceo Of Ugu Development Agency

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R Mandla Mabece

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