A municipality that listens to the community is responsive to their needs, accountable to them and dedicated to ensuring fairness and providing more opportunity. This means making sure that residents can easily communicate their concerns and matters of importance to the municipality. Importantly, we must ensure that vulnerable members like our aged, people with disabilities, women and children in a caring municipality are supported to access a better quality of life.

It’s for this reason that we elected a women’s caucus chaired by Cllr Florida Ngonyolo on the 14th of March 2017.12 years ago Umzimvubu local Municipality became one of the first local municipalities in the Eastern Cape to have a Women’s Caucus structure in place. This committee was established by the Municipal Council with a view of promoting gender equity and equality.

We see ourselves as a forward thinking Municipality that surely takes the dreams and aspirations of their residents to heart. Multi-generational planning, that leaves a legacy for our children and for theirs, is key to this. This will only be possible when leaders think and plan beyond their terms of office. In light of this statement, we have partnered with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHRBC) to empower local residents and the disabled community in particular.

The National Home Builders Registration Council is there to regulate and monitor the settlement and housing of people in society as per their constitutional right under the human settlements act.208 of 1996. The government initiative NHBRC delivered a three day skills development workshop for the disabled community members of Umzimvubu. A forward thinking municipality addresses the challenges of our society proactively, innovatively and sustainably.

The National Home Builders Registration Council is there to regulate and monitor the settlement and housing of people in society as per their constitutional right under the human settlements act.208 of 1996. The government initiative NHBRC delivered a three day skills development workshop for the disabled community members of Umzimvubu. A forward thinking municipality addresses the challenges of our society proactively, innovatively and sustainably.

This programme seeks to promote the exchange of ideas between members of the University and representatives of other organisations on matters affecting the employment of graduate members of the University, and to provide expert advice and information on career issues to organisations outside the University. This year the department of corporate services will be hosting this programme from the 10th – 12th of April at Sophia Park.

This I believe is a crucial lever that will open up an opportunity that provides people with a chance to improve their lives. Umzimvubu Local Municipality under this council is in good hands.​​​​