Dis­trict Mayor ef­fort pro­motes com­mu­ni­ties

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

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

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