24 May 2018

On the 17th of May 2018 Umzimvubu Local Municipality held a meeting with community members of Phepheni Village in ward one following a violent protest that took place in the area. The meeting was part of the municipality’s efforts in finding lasting solutions to the issues that were raised by the community members during the protest.

The issues that were raised by community members were service delivery related issues such as electricity, access roads, water and sanitation. Some of the issues affected the following departments; Department of Education, Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC), Department of Human Settlement, Alfred Nzo District Municipality and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

These are the issues that were raised by the community members:

1.1 Lack of sport facilities within their village.

1.2 Electrifying of infill’s

1.3 Construction and Maintenance of Access Roads

1.4 Abolition of the existing forest and unemployment in the area.

1.5 The residents are not pleased with the proposed number of 500 houses that are scheduled to be built by the department. The community wants the department to build a house for every household within the community.

Through the integration of government relations the municipality together with the affected government departments responded to the above mentioned issues with the following:

1.1.1 Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture – The process of how new sport fields are built for community by the department was explained by the department to the community.

1.1.2 Umzimvubu Local Municipality – The issue of electricity infills in ward 1 will be addressed within the 2018/19 financial year as part of the municipality’s plans. The by-pass to Lower Brooksnek access road and Bridge is currently under construction.

1.1.3 Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – The department has advised the community to write a formal letter stating that the community has no desire for a new forest in their area. With regards to the current forest the department explained to the community that there are currently no vacant posts but community members more especially the youth are advised to apply for the bursaries that are offered by the department.

1.1.4 Department of Human Settlement – Due to budget constrains the department can only build 500 houses in ward 1 as there are other areas that also need houses.

Umzimvubu Local Municipality remains committed in delivering services and will continue to work diligently to implement the plans of the municipality. According to the Honourable Mayor, Cllr B.P Mabengu “Umzimvubu Local Municipality is open and willing to listen to the issues that are raised by the community, however I want to urge all protestors not to infringe on the rights of others”. She concluded.

Issued by : Umzimvubu Local Municipality
Enquiries : Mrs N. Zembe
Cell : 072 091 3952
Telephone : 039 255 8508
Email : Zembe.Nokhanyo@umzimvubu.gov.za