Mayor urges pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

JOZINI mayor, Cllr De­lani Mabika has ap­pealed to com­mu­nity mem­bers to fully par­tic­i­pate in gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion pro­grammes, aimed at ad­dress­ing poverty and un­em­ploy­ment.

Mabika was speak­ing dur­ing the han­dover of a fully fur­nished four-roomed house to the Dlamini fam­ily, held on Mon­day at Esiz­ibeni Re­serve, Ward 2 in Jozini.

He said the house was a re­sult of the pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­gramme called Oper­a­tion Sukuma Sakhe, where com­mu­nity mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in war room meet­ings to iden­tify needy fam­i­lies and seek so­lu­tions to their plight.

He said six fam­i­lies were iden­ti­fied dur­ing the war room meet­ings and all have ben­e­fited with houses through Oper­a­tion Sukuma Sakhe.

‘The Dlamini fam­ily is one of them. We there­fore be­lieve it is im­per­a­tive that all our coun­cil­lors and com­mu­nity mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in these meet­ings.

‘These meet­ings do not only ad­dress hous­ing chal­lenges, but they also help iden­tify those who need social de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance and health is­sues.

‘Our main chal­lenge here is that the wa­ter sup­ply falls under the ju­ris­dic­tion of uMkhanyakude District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

‘Re­cently the Ubombo prison, Bethesda Hos­pi­tal, lo­cal busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity as a whole were strug­gling to get clean wa­ter.

‘This is ow­ing to fail­ure of our district mu­nic­i­pal­ity to de­liver wa­ter ser­vices to the com­mu­nity, and as lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity, we wish to take over the wa­ter ser­vices from the district.

‘We are also en­gag­ing with de­part­ment of Co-Op­er­a­tive Gover­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs to see whether we can in­stall more light­ning con­duc­tors in the area,’ he said.

House ben­e­fi­ciary, Joyce Dlamini (49) said she was grate­ful to get a proper home.

‘I have been liv­ing with my two chil­dren in a house which was not con­ducive for hu­man habi­ta­tion,’ she said.

The event was also graced by the IFP leader, Inkosi Man­go­suthu Buthelezi, who said he was in­spired to see com­mu­nity lead­ers such as Mayor Mabika, who put the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple first, rather than en­rich­ing them­selves.

Muzi Zin­c­ume

IFP leader Inkosi Man­go­suthu Buth­lelezi cut­ting rib­bon, watched by Jozini Mayor De­lani Mabika

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