Ward 9 coun­cil­lor lists achieve­ments dur­ing his term

Talk of the Town - - News - TK MTIKI

As part of ac­count­abil­ity to the com­mu­nity, ward 9 coun­cil­lor Mbuleli “Stwiga” Njibana held a well-at­tended meet­ing at Jauka Hall last Wed­nes­day evening to up­date com­mu­nity mem­bers on what he had achieved since be­ing elected in Au­gust 2016.

How­ever, be­fore turn­ing to his achieve­ments and chal­lenges, Njibana clar­i­fied who was wel­come at the meet­ing.

“This is an ANC meet­ing, for ANC mem­bers, ANC vot­ers and ANC sup­port­ers,” Njibana de­clared.

He said the same way ANC mem­bers could not at­tend other party’s meet­ings, this also ap­plied to the meet­ing he was hold­ing.

The meet­ing was also at­tended by ANC MPL Vu­mile Lwana.

“Thabo Mbeki once said to­day is bet­ter than yes­ter­day and to­mor­row will even be bet­ter than to­day,” Njibana said.

Njibana first spoke about what he called so­cial sup­port, men­tion­ing as­sis­tance pro­vided to peo­ple whose homes had burnt down.

Ac­cord­ing to Njibana, about five houses had burnt down so far this year, and it had been dif­fi­cult to pro­vide re­lief to the fam­i­lies due to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s fi­nance pol­icy.

He said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity it­self did not have a disas­ter fund as such fund­ing was al­lo­cated to district mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

He said when things like these hap­pened, re­spon­si­ble lead­ers con­trib­ute out of their own pock­ets to sup­port af­fected fam­i­lies.

He said he and some other peo­ple had bought school uni­forms for chil­dren to re­place cloth­ing lost in the fires, not wait­ing for any as­sis­tance from so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

Njibana ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment about com­mu­nity mem­bers who did not take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their per­sonal prob­lems.

“Peo­ple have a ten­dency of not join­ing fu­neral plans,” he said.

He said this had led to him and oth­ers as­sist­ing fam­i­lies with fu­neral ex­penses.

Ad­vis­ing other peo­ple not to find them­selves in the same sit­u­a­tion, he said with the lit­tle money they had, they must join fu­neral plans they could af­ford.

High­light­ing an­other one of his projects, Njibana said he and oth­ers had bought san­i­tary pads for Mty­obo Pri­mary School girl pupils.

“You re­mem­ber the soup kitchens we pro­posed? We did not want to start our own and de­cided to sup­port the al­ready ex­ist­ing ones.”

Njibana said he and oth­ers had con­tributed R8,000 to the ex­ist­ing soup kitchens and Caleb Mvand­aba’s Soup Kitchen was men­tioned as ev­i­dence.

He fur­ther re­minded the au­di­ence that he was the main player get­ting elec­tric­ity in­stal­la­tion at Esidul­wini, a place he de­scribed as a squat­ter camp area.

Re­fer­ring to what might be con­sid­ered fail­ures dur­ing his term, Njibana men­tioned a time when he in­vited a com­pany called Small En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment to equip ward 9 en­trepreneurs.

He at­trib­uted the fail­ure of this ini­tia­tive to the ap­a­thy of the tar­geted au­di­ence, who did not at­tend the events.

Crime which em­anates from the use of drugs, was one of the chal­lenges dur­ing his term, he said.

When he men­tioned the in­di­gent pol­icy and the changes made to it, peo­ple in the au­di­ence started shout­ing at him. Njibana said there were some res­i­dents who had been ap­proved to be reg­is­tered as in­di­gents be­fore they had been given houses, but now they have houses and are cur­rently earn­ing more than R3,500 a month.

Such peo­ple might lose their houses due to the in­di­gent pol­icy which for­bids them from get­ting houses, he said.

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