Let me take this opportunity once again to greet all residents of the district and generally all readers of this publication who are within and    outside the borders of the district.

This this period we have embarked on extensive outreach programme both review of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and service  delivery projects handovers as well as handover of school uniform to various Senior Primary Schools across the district.

The school uniform handovers was just on the footsteps of Alfred Nzo Annual Grade 12 Mayoral Achievers Awards that we held in Maluti. Both these programmes form part of our Back to School Mayoral Outreach Programme and are also our support to the education system.

We have also, during the Mayoral Exco Outreach handed over water supply projects at the following areas:

Mpetshwa village in Mbizana

Mampingeni village in Mbizana

Sod turning for water reticulation in Nkantolo village in Mbizana

Gudlintaba village in Matatiele

Ramafole village in Matatiele

Badibanise village in KwaBhaca

The Council has adopted the 2018/2019 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget, let’s acknowledge the positive participation from all our four local municipalities, government departments, government parastatals, agencies and importantly municipal stakeholders such as our community members, civil society formations and traditional       leaders to mention a few for their valuable contribution into this        government programme of action.

We have further in this municipal programme of action taken into consideration major policy pronouncements made by the President in his State of the Nation Address and the Premier of the province respectively in his State of the Province Address where they made a clarion call to all municipalities to prioritise the provision of basic services to     communities.

We need to work together to speed up the implementation of this programme of action to address backlogs on water, sanitation and also improve our economic development initiatives to fight poverty, income inequalities and unemployment which are the dominant challenges we face in our district.

The 2018/19 programme of action has taken into considerations the  inputs made by various sectors of our society and this has guided the formulation of concrete strategies that are aimed at ensuring improved approaches in our quest to accelerate service provision to our people and also address socio-economic ills.

I will provide more details about the municipal programme of action as I will deliver the State of the District Address (SODA) during an Open Council Day to be held in Umzimvubu in June.

Let me invite all sectors of our society and state organs to partner with us as we implement this programme of action and indeed working together we are moving Alfred Nzo and South Africa forward.

CLLR. SIXOLILE MEHLOMAKHULU
EXECUTIVE MAYOR.