Lo­cal gov­ern­ment ex­cel­lence cel­e­brated as KZN’s best per­form­ing mu­nic­i­pal­ity is crowned

The Mercury - - METRO -

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment ex­cel­lence in KwaZulu-Na­tal took cen­tre stage at the 2018 Mu­nic­i­pal Ex­cel­lence Awards, held on Novem­ber 30 at the Greyville Race­course in Dur­ban. The pres­ti­gious cer­e­mony, which was hosted by the KZN Depart­ment of Co-op­er­a­tive Gover­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs (Cogta) un­der the lead­er­ship of MEC No­musa DubeNcube, saw the prov­ince’s best per­form­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties crowned.

The Mu­nic­i­pal Ex­cel­lence Awards, which are an an­nual fea­ture on the prov­ince’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment cal­en­dar, cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence within mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, which through in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity, finds ways to bring ser­vices to com­mu­ni­ties, some­times un­der chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances.

“These awards are an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate those who have gone beyond the call of duty to ren­der ser­vices to our com­mu­ni­ties. They en­cour­age our mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties by re­ward­ing suc­cess and by recog­nis­ing the hard work of many ded­i­cated of­fi­cials who take their jobs se­ri­ously,” said Dube-Ncube.

The fol­low­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were crowned as best per­form­ing in their cat­e­gories:

• Best Per­form­ing District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity: Ilembe


• Best Per­form­ing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Pro­vid­ing All

Ser­vices (Spe­cial): City of uMh­lathuze LM

• Best Per­form­ing Medium to Large

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity: Okhahlamba LM and Ray

Nkonyeni LM

• Best Per­form­ing Small Mu­nic­i­pal­ity:

Umh­labuyalin­gana LM

Awards were also given out for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that got clean au­dits. These were:

• uMzumbe LM

• uMuzi­wa­bantu LM

• Okhahlamba LM

• City of uMh­lathuze LM

• uMh­labuyalin­gana LM

• Ray Nkonyeni LM

The Amambo, Crop Pro­duc­tion and the Mbabazane Pack­house, and Em­pangisweni Citrus and Veg­etable Pro­duc­tion were recog­nised for the best Best Amakhosi LED Project. The awards also recog­nised the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that had the best IDPs. MEC Dube-Ncube urged win­ners to “never drop their stan­dards and pur­sue ex­cel­lence in ev­ery area”.

EThek­wini Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede re­ceiv­ing the award for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity with the Best IDP from MEC No­musa Dube-Ncube (left) and Inkosi Chiliza, KZN Provin­cial House of Tra­di­tional Lead­ers Chair (right).

Dr N Sibeko, Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager of the City of uMh­lathuze Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, re­ceiv­ing the award for the Best Per­form­ing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Pro­vid­ing All Ser­vices. Pre­sent­ing the award are MEC No­musa Dube-Ncube and KZN Cogta HOD Tando Tubane.

Ilembe District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mayor, Cllr S Gumede re­ceiv­ing the award for the Best Per­form­ing District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity from MEC No­musa Dube-Ncube and Act­ing Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Devel­op­ment and Plan­ning at KZN Cogta, Bar­bara Mgut­shini.

Mh­labuyalinga Mayor Cllr NS Mthethwa re­ceiv­ing the award for the Best De­vel­oped IDP by a Small Mu­nic­i­pal­ity from MEC No­musa Dube-Ncube and Inkosi Chiliza.

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