Mayoral Viewpoint

Mayoral Viewpoint

Mayoral Viewpoint

Greeting to all.

It is a great honour once again to share this briefing on some few developments with youas a valued community member of Umzimkhulu and citizen of South Africa.

Yes, we are hit hard by a challenging and hectic period as the world at large. Umzimkhuluhas not been immune to such situation, hence quite a number of unforeseen experiences we perceived due to the Covid -19 pandemic. Umzimkhulu Local municipality has lost the HOD for Community and Social Services department – Ms Mbhalo (May her soul rest in peace) and the Ward Councillor for ward 20 – Cllr Mkhize (May his soul rest in peace). This has been part of many loses that we had where our community members passed away unceremoniously. Many people lost their jobs and as a result there is severe poverty looming.

This new normal has put us as the municipality in a situation where it has been not easy to interface with our communities, but relied on other means to communicate with people. The situation did not shut us down as government as we are busy striving to change the lives of the people for better through a number of developmental projects that we are currently doing. The Harry Gwala multi-purpose sport centre that is on progress is one of the projects that will not only uplift the face of Umzimkhulu, but will contribute immensely towards local economic development of Umzimkhulu. We have achieved our target by 96% of having community hall in each ward and also have sports field in each ward. There are quite a number of projects that are undergoing currently. Our next newsletter will outline the strides that we are making despite such adverse circumstances we are subjected under by this deadly disastrous pandemic.

I wish to warn every one, that let us not under estimate the effects of Covid -19. Let everybody be ready and prepared to get vaccinated for the Corona virus. We must not allow to be deceived by hypocrites that are misleading people, spreading uninformed myths about the vaccine for Covid -19. We need to high up our attitudes and ensure that we always wear our face masks, wash and sanitize our hands and maintain social distance. The Corona virus knows nothing about alert levels. We must never fool ourselves and think that because we are in alert level 1, therefore the virus will simply stop spreading through contacts amongst ourselves.

Let us be so cautious and brace ourselves as 3rd wave is said to be looming.
Thank you
Mayor Cllr M.B.Mpabanga