Municipal Manager's foreword
I would like to welcome the new Council of eDumbe Municipality led by Hon. Cllr S.J Kunene commonly known as Majuba Mavuso to our Municipal website and also welcome all our Leaders. Our Council has increased from 15 to 16 Councillors. There are 12 new Councillors which make it very interesting because they have to adjust very quickly and hit the ground running. We are committed to assisting them with training and help them adjust quickly. We have already held intensive training in September 2016 for the whole week and another one with the assistance of Cogta and Salga in October 2016, also for the whole week and subsequent to that other trainings for Councillors should be conducted in the following years.
The new Council is starting their term with two vacancies for Senior Managers. The Process has started and the new Council is committed to filling up these posts urgently. The target month for filling up these post is January 2017.
The previous Council worked very hard in providing electricity to the people of eDumbe. Hon Cllr Mavuso Kunene has taken it as his priority to achieve universal access for all the people of eDumbe, plans and application for this universal access have been forwarded to the Department of Energy as well as to Cogta. There are literally two wards, that is Ward 01 and Ward 07 that are still remaining before eDumbe reach universal access. Other wards have been catered for and by the end of 2017/2018 financial year eDumbe shall have reached the universal access.
The new Council has also taken decent sanitation for all as a priority plan have been developed and submitted to both Provincial and National department for assistance. eDumbe Municipality is one of the few, if not the only town in KwaZulu-Natal that is still using honey-sucker system for sanitation. The town need proper Sewage System and His Worship the Mayor has taken this upon himself that this situation changes for the better sooner than later.
The previous Council concentrated on improving the lives of the people in all the eight wards. This was at the expense of changing the face of Paulpietersburg town to look back and be attractive to investors. The new Council has resolved to tackle the development from all fronts, that is continuing with changing the lives of all people in the wards as well as invest highly in the town because they believe that by changing the town there will be more jobs for all the people of eDumbe, and this will increase revenue for all households and thus eradicate poverty.
The revenue collection at eDumbe is very low. The municipality has embarked on a vigorous plan to change this situation. The smart metres are being installed in the whole town and eventually to our townships. Road are being improved at Bilanyoni Township and funding has been obtained to improve road in town and at eDumbe location. The by-laws will be gazetted soon so as to deal with the culprits in paying the rates. The situation of cash flow challenges and unfunded budgets will be the thing of the past very soon.
We have embarked on improving the status of our IDP so that it does not only become a wish list for our people but the actual five year plan which is achievable and implementable. Cogta has committed itself to assist us in this regard as per section 31 of the Municipal System Act of 2000.
In line with section 24 of the IGR Framework Act, eDumbe Municipality is committed to work with other Municipalities in order to improve the lives of people. eDumbe Municipality is party of the IGR structure of the District and also serve as a committed member of the KZN –Mpumalanga Traus-boundary Forums that seek to improve the lives of the people that live around the border of both Provinces.
The new Council intends to work hard toward the formalisation of Traditional settlement into towns because this will fast track development and the delivery of service to all people of eDumbe. Our Spatial Development Framework (SDF) talks to the three major economic nodes that need to be developed urgently. These are Paulpietersburg Town, Luneburg and Bilanyoni function area. The new Council will be encouraged to direct Economic Development funding toward these nodes so that there will be more economic activity within eDumbe Municipality. These rural economic nodes must be formalized so that there is maximum benefit for the people of eDumbe.
I shall have not done justice if I don’t speak about social ills at our Municipality. eDumbe Municipality is loath of social ills and the new Council is working day and night to eradicate them. The Hon. Mayor and the Deputy Mayor are engaging different stakeholders towards fighting and reducing these social ills. The MEC for Safety and Liason, Hon Kaunda, will be launching the newly formed community Safety Forums at eDumbe during November 2016 which has been declared as Safety month. Hon MEC Mthethwa of agriculture will be launching an agriculture programme for fighting these social ills. The idea is that people should work and concentrate on improving on social ills.
eDumbe Municipality together with the Department of Human Settlement will be building 1500 rural houses for the next five year. This will not only fight homelessness but will also create thousands of jobs for the people of eDumbe and the eDumbe shall never be the same again.
I would like to end up by thanking the Council that handed the baton to the new Council for laying a good foundation for development. When we started with the previous Council the Dash Board was all RED with only one yellow. The new Council is starting on an all GREEN Dash Board with only two yellows. This is a good base for a takeover and I have no doubts that this new Council led by Hon. Cllr Majuba Mavuso Kunene will fly high. I also wish to thank my staff from Senior to junior official for supporting me to achieve what we have achieved with minimum resources, unity is strength and together we achieve more.
Mr JFK Khumalo
(Acting Municipal Manager)
Ms Z Msibi
(Mayor’s Office Manager)
Mr BL Nkwanyana
(Assistant Manager Political Support )
Mrs Lindiwe Masondo
(Performance Management Specialist )