- Message from the Mayor
His worship - Councillor T B Zulu
It is that time of the year where each one of us take time to look at the year behind us. Some of what we did during the year makes us proud and some of it might not make us proud. As a municipality, we are only motivated by the smiles that we see on the faces of the people, whom we are obligated to provide services to.
During this time of the year, some of us will be chilling with our families. Some of them might not be staying with us but came for a visit or they might just come home for a rest after a long year’s work, and we should make them enjoy their stay within our Municipality.
The year 2013 was a tough year for all of us. We can count numerous losses of lives that occurred within our borders. Among them is the horrific loss of lives of maidens and their minders who were travelling from the reed dance at Nongoma to Umzumbe. We also experienced a sad bus accident involving our athletes who were coming from District Games almost at the same spot where our beautiful maidens perished. These were sad incidents and we trust the Lord be with us and spare us from these incidences.
Besides these road accidents, we also experienced attacks and murders on people within our Municipality. Among these, we can mention the 5 members of the Mnyango family in ward 4 and the attacks and murder of various people in such areas as Ngudwini in ward 5 and the rape and murder of an elderly lady in ward 22. These are but some of the incidences be behind us.
2014 is the year that National and Provincial Elections take place and this makes it a busy year for all of us. As the elections loom, I want to encourage the citizens of uMlalazi, more especially those that will be voting for the first time to ensure that they go and register to vote. On the 9th and 10th November 2013, the Independent Electoral Commission opened all voting districts for checking and registration. We are proud to observe that our target of registering almost 11 000 new voters was met. but let us not forget that in terms of statistics South Africa, we are still missing about 11 000 voters on our voters roll at uMlalazi.
Let me take this opportunity to encourage all the unregistered 11 000 voters to go and register before the closure of registration. We must ensure that as we approach 20 years of freedom, we all celebrate in style by voting in numbers especially the “Born Frees”.
It is with pleasure to announce that, to make life easy for our communities, on the 26th November 2013, we opened a new development at Gingindlovu, R66 Development with Checkers as the anchor tenant. This development come with job opportunities for our people. This will also casc congestion at the town of Gingindlovu, but more than that, it is a development that comes with huge relief for our communities who had either to travel to Eshowe or Mandeni for their shopping since we did not have these facilities at Gingindlovu. Development have been stagnant in our towns both Eshowe and Gingindlovu, the last development was in the early 1990s. We are pro-development and there is a lot in store for you in terms of development for our towns and rural areas.
We are concerned at the traffic congestion at Osborn Road at Eshowe. We are looking at various options to ease it and residents must rest assured that we are working at ensuring that, this congestion becomes a thing of the past. We are working hard so that your life becomes easier as the residents.
Thembinkosi Simon Mashabane - Municipal Manager