New mu­nic­i­pal man­ager has an op­ti­mistic vi­sion

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO BUSINESS - Gugu Myeni

MBALI Ndlovu has been ap­pointed as the new Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager at King Cetshwayo District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Ndlovu, who took up of­fice on 1 No­vem­ber, says she is ready to drive the de­vel­op­men­tal man­date of the district. No stranger to lo­cal govern­ment, Ndlovu pre­vi­ously served at the uMh­lathuze Mu­nic­i­pal­ity as Deputy Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager: Cor­po­rate Ser­vices. Born and raised in Dur­ban, she moved to Richards

Bay in 2005, join­ing the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s le­gal de­part­ment.

‘When I left the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in

2014, I went into le­gal prac­tice spe­cial­is­ing in cor­po­rate and busi­ness law. Ndlovu, who grad­u­ated at the Univer­sity of KwaZu­luNatal, is an ad­mit­ted at­tor­ney and con­veyancer spe­cial­is­ing in cor­po­rate gov­er­nance and busi­ness law with an in­ter­est in pub­lic in­ter­est and hu­man rights law.

She said as mu­nic­i­pal man­ager, she will con­tinue to en­sure good gov­er­nance, ac­count­abil­ity and driv­ing the ser­vice de­liv­ery agenda.

‘I have been en­trusted with the role of an ac­count­ing of­fi­cer. I will be di­rect­ing all my en­ergy to en­sur­ing ef­fec­tive co­or­di­na­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tion and fi­nan­cial re­sources to en­sure de­liv­ery of ser­vices, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of eco­nomic devel­op­ment pro­grammes and fa­cil­i­tate pro­cesses of pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion and com­mu­nity consultation.’

Mbali said she also aims to re­de­fine the im­age of King Cetshwayo as a district and its strate­gic po­si­tion in KZN.

‘I want to en­sure the strate­gic ob­jec­tives of the district are achieved, aligned with those of the govern­ment.

‘In the first few months I will be fo­cus­ing in­ter­nally. That means look­ing into the in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ments, sys­tems and con­trols of the district and also work on strength­en­ing the team to see how we can best po­si­tion our­selves to de­liver the man­date ef­fec­tively.’

She also high­lighted five key ar­eas in the eco­nomic devel­op­ment plan and strate­gic op­por­tu­ni­ties for the district.

These in­clude, amongst oth­ers, agri­cul­ture, man­u­fac­tur­ing, do­mes­tic and for­eign tourism and the mar­itime sec­tor.

‘For ex­am­ple, the district is cur­rently im­ple­ment­ing an in­no­va­tive mar­itime in­cu­ba­tion pro­gramme.

‘This struc­tured pro­gramme will en­tail busi­ness train­ing, men­tor­ship, guid­ance and busi­ness sup­port which will re­sult in the es­tab­lish­ment of ten new mar­itime en­ter­prises, with spe­cial fo­cus on pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged women, youth and dis­abled in­di­vid­u­als from all mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties within King Cetshwayo District.

‘We will also be di­rect­ing our en­er­gies to en­sur­ing devel­op­ment in ru­ral ar­eas. We will con­tinue to align our­selves with the goals of na­tional govern­ment while be­ing guided by the in­te­grated devel­op­ment plan of the district.’

I want to en­sure the strate­gic ob­jec­tives of the district are achieved

Newly ap­pointed Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager for the King Cetshwayo District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Mbali Ndlovu Gugu Myeni

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