FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATTENTION: ALL EDITORS / REPORTERS
MEDIA STATEMENT 13 JUNE 2021 – SUNDAY UMZIMVUBU LOCAL MUNICIPALITY DISTANCES ITSELF FROM A MISLEADING SOCIAL MEDIA POST
Umzimvubu Local Municipality notes with concern the misleading social media post that has been circulating on social media. The much shared social media post, incorrectly implies that the Municipality constructed a bridge worth R 700 million and took 7 years to complete. The post further suggests that the Municipality experienced ‘financial instability’ as a result of the bridge in question.
The Municipal Manager, Mr Thobela Nota, wishes to dismiss the contents of the social media post and regards it malicious. It should be noted that the bridge in question is located at Mahobe Village, KwaBhaca and costed the Municipality R 7.5 million. The initial contract period was 8 months however due to strict COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, an extension of 6 months was granted to the contractor. The concrete cellular bridge which includes a 2km access road was officially handed over to the Mahobe community on the 8th June 2021.
The Municipality remains committed in ensuring that all Municipal projects are communicated timeously and accurately across all official Municipal platforms. Umzimvubu further pleads with the public to disregard the misleading post and kindly refer to the contents of this statement.
For media enquiries please contact:
Mrs Nokhanyo Zembe HOD: Communications and SPU Umzimvubu Local Municipality Zembe.Nokhanyo@umzimvubu.gov.za 039 255 8508 / 072 091 3952