CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR OF Dr. NKOSAZANA DLAMINI ZUMA MUNICIPALITY
Well, it is hard to believe that it is already time to say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. What a year we have had in the area of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality. Of course, this past year has been a year of mixed blessings, many accomplishments and also some shortcomings. Most of our accomplishments have been both nationally as well as provincially acclaimed and recognized through a number of awards I will not repeat here. Equally some of the municipal’s shortcomings are best known by each individual resident in relation to our mandate to create infrastructure and deliver services to our residents. We have acknowledged these and committed ourselves to work tirelessly until all these are addressed. However, for now I wish that we can all join the nation and the world for a brief retirement, having one spirit of goodwill fraternal relations in and amongst us all. But in celebrating this season with family and friends, let us also use the time to reflect and count our own individual and personal blessings.
The celebration of Christmas in our land is when all South Africans, regardless of their religious or cultural background, can reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a country that has fought for and enjoys democracy, freedom of rights and freedom of association.
To all the residents and various stakeholders: thank you once again for keeping us on our toes. I just want to say thank you and add that it has been a pleasure working with you, as always.
The festive season is a time for people to get together with family and friends and a time to care and think about others, especially those who are less fortunate and who find the festive season more painful than cheerful. We must think about the needs of the child headed families, the lonely and the neglected elderly who at times feel deserted and very alone, especially those with no family ties at all. To those who are traveling away to visit family and friends, may you have a safe and enjoyable journey, and to visitors to our beautiful municipality who have come to spend quality time with family and friends, I sincerely welcome you in the area and hope you have an enjoyable festive season. On behalf of the Councillors, Management and staff of Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality we wish you a Christmas that gives contentment, happiness and love, and we wish one and all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. May God Bless You All.
Her Worship the Mayor
Cllr N.P Mncwabe
SPEECH BY MAYOR: CLLR Ngeneleni P. Mncwabe
Acceptance by Mayor: Ngeneleni Mncwabe at the inaugural meeting of Council, 18 August 2016.
Honourable Speaker, Cllr
Honourable Deputy Mayor, Cllr
Members of the Executive Committee
Municipal Manager, Mr
Managers, Heads of Departments and staff members
Honourable representatives of traditional leaders
Leadership of the ruling party, the African National Congress and the Alliance
Leaders of all political parties
Our Youth structures and Community Development Workers
Members of the media Ladies and Gentlemen
All protocol observed
Programme Director, let me start by congratulating the people of this Glorious municipality, one must mention that it is happening for the first time that a local municipality is named after a living legend, a leader of note, and an international icon in the name of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. When I woke up this morning I thought about how I would not be standing here today if it wasn’t for giants like Nelson Mandela, O.R Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Solomon Mahlangu, the list is endless programme director. They had a moral character beyond reproach. They all had a vision way beyond the life and times in which they lived and worked, But importantly, they were rooted amongst the poor and oppressed, amongst those fighting for peace and justice, and they stood for those who spoke truth to power. I count myself privileged to stand before you, as your humble servant, asking you to work with us as we show that the work of the late Harry Gwala, Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Albert Luthuli and Alan Patons was not in vain.
I speak here today in the presence of my father who came to witness for himself how his daughter has grown to be such an inspiring person trusted to lead the people of this new municipality Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
Akukona ukwazi nokuqonda kwami kepha intando kankulunkulu yena owazi konke ngathi nohlelayo thina singakahleli. Lapho ngethemba kakhulu ukuthi ebudeni bendlela esizoyihamba ekwehleni nasekwenyukeni yena uzakusipha Amandla amasha nokuhlakanipha futhi uzosihola ngokuba “Yinde lendlela esiyihambayo”
The local government elections have come and gone, and we now know that the people’s movement, the African National Congress, was once again given an overwhelming mandate by Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma community to lead this Municipality, from ward 1 to ward 15 we will ensure that service delivery reaches all corners of the prestigious municipality. May I thank the voters for once again putting their trust in the ANC to continue with the transformation agenda. As an elected ANC councillor who has now been deployed to serve as Mayor, may I thank my organization most profusely for having put their faith and trust in me, we will do all we can to act as a servants, not just of those who elected us, but of all people living, visiting, working and dealing with our wonderful municipality.
It is also my pleasure to thank those Councillors who are not returning to this council for the excellent job that they have done over the years. Your work has not gone unnoticed as your contributions have laid a solid foundation for us to take forward and move at a speed to improve the lives of our people. I want to make a special mention of my predecessors, Mayor Banda from Kwa Sani and former Mayor Luzulane from Ingwe. We thank you for your leadership and dedication in serving our people; obviously you would not have done it alone without the assistance all the previous executive committees, Municipal Managers and officials. We thank them all for the good work they did.
We also applaud all political parties for a free and fair election that enabled our people to cast their ballots in a peaceful environment. Let me also take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome all the councillors who have been elected to serve in this Council, especially those who are new.
Lastly, those who are still with us have much to do. We need more of your collective energies as we seek to move at a greater speed to deliver services and maintain our infrastructure.
Ladies and Gentlemen
The institution of traditional leadership is an integral component of this municipality and the role that will be played by Amakhosi will be very significant in order to take this municipality to greater heights, we indeed acknowledge their presence in their respective communities and we will therefore strengthen our relationship through providing our support to enhance their roles and responsibilities in their respective constituencies.
Service Delivery will remain a priority for NDZ Municipality, providing basic needs such as a proper shelter, improved roads and access roads, electrification in areas that still needs electricity, building sports fields, refuse removal to improve our recycling programme and rehabilitating our small towns so as to improve our tourist attraction and improved economic spin offs for our towns. We remain resolute that all this can only be achieved if we all work together, we stand against all odds.
The programme of Sukuma Sakhe will continue to be our bread and butter and a platform where social issues are deliberated and interventions are provided to better the living conditions of our people. Our war rooms will be sitting on a monthly basis, ward councillors will be championing these war rooms and be accountable for their functioning. Public participation is vital to the processes of community design, planning, and development. As the NDZ Municipality we encourage citizen participation in local government, the principle behind public participation is that all the stakeholders affected by a public authority’s decision or actions have a right to be consulted and contribute to such a decision.
In conclusion, I want to urge you fellow councillors to ensure that our communities are always part of development. We must interact with our communities by calling regular meetings and being responsive to their needs. We must strengthen our working relationships with community structures like, community policing forums and ward committees. The Municipality will ensure that ward committees are trained properly and capacitated in order to play their roles and responsibilities effectively. We will give them the necessary support so they can assist councillors in fast tracking development in communities.
Development has to be people driven. We wish to pay tribute to our hero Dr Nelson Mandela, who left this world in December 2013, I quote “it always seems impossible until it is done” this municipality will indeed be the best in the country.
Finally, may I thank you all for the support you have given me. My praise and tributes goes to my family who have walked behind me on this journey, often looking over me and caring for my children in my absence. I thank my family, the ANC and the Alliance Partners and all citizens of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma specifically the community of Underberg. On behalf of my colleagues in EXCO I want to say that we will do our best, on your behalf to deliver a better life to all our communities.
I thank you.