On the 25th July 2019, Umzimvubu Mayor Cllr Sobane Mnukwa addressed the members of the media, where he unpacked his first 100 days in office at EmaXesibeni Conference Centre.

Cllr Sobane Munkwa was elected as Mayor of Umzimvubu Local Municipality on the 27th March 2019. “It’s worth noting that my hundred days in office coincides with Mandela month. We embrace Madiba’s values and honour his legacy through humanitarian acts and initiatives that acknowledge his never-ending quest to change the world for the better.” said the Mayor.

Cllr Mnukwa further went on to highlight various projects and challenges encountered during this period and also reflected on a few upcoming projects for the 2019 - 2020 Financial Year.

“The municipality remains mindful of the country’s ailing economy and continues to explore for new sustainable opportunities in the agricultural sector that will benefit local residents. The Yellow Maize Ploughing Programme has benefitted over 900 local residents with a number of 15 hectors per ward being planted with yellow maize. The total cost of the project is 6.8 million and the council is pleased to note that communities are now currently harvesting the produce from their own fields. We are fortunate to have an agricultural sector that is well-developed, resilient and diversified,” said the Mayor.

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is one of government’s key programmes aimed at providing poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed. The EPWP is a nationwide programme covering all spheres of government and SOEs.”

“During my 100 days in office, coincidentally 100 beneficiaries were employed for waste collection and litter picking. Another extended EPWP programme looking at town beautification and street cleaning employed 46 people which brings the total number to 146 at an invested amount of 3.4 million combined” said the Mayor.

The Mayor also underlined the eviction of Chitwa Residents and said, “Umzimvubu Local Municipality is committed to taking all necessary steps to evict illegal RDP occupants in the area so that the homes may be handed over to the approved beneficiaries, many of whom are elderly individuals who have been on the waiting list for a very long time. In the same tone, I condemn those who rent out RDP houses and advise those who seek rental accommodation not to occupy these structures from anyone.”

A court order was granted in 2015. Since then the municipality has lawfully evicted over 60 families. The Mayor further reminded councilors of the need to build a new future and a direction relevant to the needs of the communities they serve. This he believes is a crucial lever that will open up an opportunity that provides people with a chance to improve their lives. He concluded by encouraging the youth in Umzimvubu to make their mark and play a major part in what will be the future of Umzimvubu Local Municipality.

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