We appreciate that political competition and propaganda play a role outside of the council structures, in what is generally referred to as “campaigning”. Our concern here is with the roles we perform inside the structures, to ensure that the institution serves its citizens well.
Honourable Speaker, with 7 petrol price increases this year against a 1% VAT increase and fuel levy increase of 52 cents in April, surely South Africans are in a corner. These incessant increases are overbearing and surely perpetuate poverty, inequality and are a daily struggle for our people. These increases are simply not viable.
The Umdoni municipality has such a large staff of 250 employees but the level of service delivery leaves much to be desired. The ANC council took steps to suspend some of its important staff members, claiming mismanagement.
We purchase as much locally produced honey as possible from local beekeepers and blend it into our other honeys which we import from reputable suppliers. It maintains a flavour, body, aroma and rich colour to which our local customers are accustomed and which they enjoy
Another major problem in the area is the lack of storm water drainage and the downpours that regularly damage the roads. In this regard, I have commenced with regravelling some of the roads in my ward, namely Lotus Road, Camelfoot Road and Temple Road.
All the contributing ratepayers should stand together as a community to fight the corruption and fraud that have plagued us for a very long time. We pensioners cannot absorb the increases for very much longer.
The transfer from one system to another was a huge task and indeed there were challenges, but praise goes to SASSA for dealing with challenges swiftly. Home visits will be made to all who are physically disabled or bedbound.
The crime situation has still not changed. It is worse because all the ministers were political appointees and were not appointed on merit.
The rise in violence is a barometer of turbulence, dysfunctionality and the breakdown of values in our society
This makes one furious. Ugu dug up the road in the Umzinto CBD to repair a pipe and after completing the work, the road was left in a damaged condition.
It’s a difficult and dangerous job, but I hope that this letter gains you more respect and appreciation and that whoever reads this, acknowledges the inspiring jobs you all do. Your families, supervisors and employers should be honoured.