Greetings residents of Mkhambathini.
My name is Eric Ngcongo, your Mayor.
We have made it into the second half of the year and much has happened in our council. Let me begin by expressing how proud we are of the public participation we had with the community, that lead to us concluding the Integrated Development Plan and commencing with the financial budget for 2017/2018 in the month of July. I must highlight the entry of 70 unemployed young learners into a yearlong learnership programme that started in May.
The young people are receiving a stipend of R1, 800.00 while learning much needed skills in community house building. Over and above that we have 21 youths who are getting theory and practical experience in bricklaying, plumbing and tiling.
They have been put to good use in our municipal offices where they removed all carpets in offices and laid tiles. In so doing we have also saved on renovations that would have cost us thousands of rands. Our plan is to eventually get these youths to register for Co-ops that will enable them to offer their services and earn a living.
The improvement of road infrastructure in Camperdown was rolled out to address the potholes and redo two roads that were beyond repairing. It’s a huge weight lifted off our shoulders to be able to carry out this work that costs millions of rands and had been hugely requested by our rate payers.
Our logo which is the face of the municipality, has been redesigned. We looked at it and were of the view that it didn’t give the correct representation of Mkhambathini’s landscape and community. A draft logo went out for comment and we councillors have adopted it.
We celebrated the life of our former state president Nelson Mandela in the 67 minutes of changing lives campaign by handing over a newly built and fully furnished crèche to the community of Ntweka in Ward 5. The crèche is a resource that will keep giving back to the community in their education needs and we trust that the community in that area will assist us to take care and protect the site from any vandalism that would render the site no longer user-friendly to the children and staff.
As councillors we commemorate and honour women in the month of August. I call upon all males, young and old to heed the call of no violence and abuse against our female counterparts. Let us as men play our God given roles in society of being protectors, providers and givers of love to women. May the resilience and courage of women continue to rise and help us to build a better community and a better nation for all!