District Mayor effort promotes communities
WHILE the King Cetshwayo District Municipality’s core focus is the provision of water and sanitation, programmes promoting education, radical economic transformation and service delivery remain a priority for District Mayor Nonhle Mkhulisi.
The strength of the district is its economic hub, tourism and heritage sites and while this is not the district’s mandate, Mayor Mkhulisi believes that improving economic activity in rural areas can enhance the lives of people living in outlying areas.
She was speaking during an exclusive interview recently with the Zululand Observer, outlining the district’s plans for the year.
Mkhulisi said that cities within the district have a big economic hub, however, there was no opportunity outside the area and this must change.
‘Rural development is important and the agriculture sector can enhance the economy and create employment.
‘The fresh produce market needs to extend further and programmes must be resurrected where agriculture can take place.
‘We must attract more clients and our government departments such as health, correctional services and education can utilise these produce markets.
‘Our farmers must be empowered to grow their businesses too,’ said Mkhulisi.
Exploring options to promote tourism and heritage, the district is also utilising its branded annual tourism marketing campaign, the Kings Experience and its Liberation Heritage Route to promote the heritage sites and the liberation heroes of the district.
‘With aspects of service delivery and spending on budgets, we are going strong and two of our senior manager posts have been filled in the technical services and planning and economic development department.’
While the effects of the drought are still taking its toll in some areas and water tankers are being utilised to service communities, the district is still implementing water restrictions as water levels are still not high enough.
This year marks the centennial year in honour of Nelson Mandela and Mkhulisi said plans are in the pipeline to focus on schools and educate the youth about the iconic former president’s legacy and life.
The Mayor said the district’s matric results improved significantly and their annual matric achievers Top 100 event, with an intimate brunch with the district’s top five, were held in January.
‘We support programmes with the Department of Education (DoE) and their efforts in the district resulted in huge improvements.
‘This year we budgeted R6 500 each for 24 students to register at tertiary institutions and lobbied for local corporates to come on board as well.
‘Foskor Richards Bay and Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone also supported learners with sponsorships of registrations and bursaries.
‘With funding from local businesses and corporates, we were also able to distribute school uniforms to 50 learners.’
In her personal capacity, the mayor donated school uniforms to learners at Mfanefile Primary Primary School in Mthonjaneni, where she was a former teacher and principal.
King Cetshwayo District Mayor Nonhle Mkhulisi outlines programmes for 2018