Mayor’s mis­sion to pro­mote self-re­liance

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Thando Ndlovu

RU­RAL com­mu­ni­ties should utilise land at their dis­posal to al­le­vi­ate poverty by cre­at­ing home veg­etable gar­dens.

This was the mes­sage of Nkandla Mayor Tham­sanqa Ntuli, speak­ing dur­ing his visit to Ward 14 com­mu­ni­ties where he planted fruit and veg­eta­bles, show­ing ru­ral women how it is done.

‘I am here to en­cour­age you to ex­ploit agri­cul­tural op­por­tu­ni­ties as a means of break­ing the chains of poverty,’ Ntuli said.

‘As part of pledg­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s sup­port for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, we have set aside R6-mil­lion, which will be used to buy three trac­tors for the use by this com­mu­nity. Our in­ten­tion is to re­vive a cul­ture of self-re­liance.

‘Peo­ple should not only de­pend on govern­ment for ev­ery­thing, they must also do things for them­selves.’

Ntuli was ac­com­pa­nied by iNkosi Zuma of the Nxa­m­alala clan and iNkosi Dhlomo of Makha­be­leni, both in­stru­men­tal in un­lock­ing ru­ral de­vel­op­ment.

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