On the 15th July 2019, Umzimvubu Local Municipality visited Ncunteni Village in KwaBhaca to respond to a service delivery petition submitted by local residents in the area. According to the petition submitted on the 16th June 2019, residents are disgruntled with the closure of ‘Ncunteni to Mtsane Access Road’. Subsequent to the submission made by Ncunteni local residents, the road was reported closed by the residing Traditional leader, Thandisizwe Tholelengwe Diko, who at the time claimed that the road intercepted his land. The matter has since been referred to court for further ruling.

The municipal delegation led by the Speaker of Council, Cllr Florida Ngonyolo, presented a remedial plan for residents to gain access to government services and other day to day operations.

“All residing communities in Umzimvubu are to gain equal access to quality roads and infrastructure. It’s worth noting that the site inspection has been conducted and an alternative route of 5.25 km will be constructed in the interim. The municipality is working tirelessly to ensure that there is no interruption caused to service delivery.” said Ngonyolo.

After numerous municipal attempts to resolve the matter, it’s unfortunate to note that Ncunteni residents have rejected the municipal proposal to construct a new route in the interim.

The municipality remains committed to restore unity in the area and will continue engaging all parties concerned until the matter is resolved.

For any enquiries or more information kindly contact:

Mrs Nokhanyo Zembe
HOD: Communications and SPU
Umzimvubu Local Municipality
Zembe.Nokhanyo@umzimvubu.gov.za
039 255 8508 / 072 091 3952