Hundreds of residents from Macambini in Ward 1 gathered for the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) meeting on Tuesday 7 February 2017. The IDP meeting is the municipal strategy to plan ahead while also providing feedback on municipal programmes which have been implemented and projects which are currently planned to uplift and develop the community.
Mandeni Municipality Mayor Cllr Sphesihle Zulu thanked the community for their attendance which is indicative of the commitment that the community of Macambini shows in the issues affecting their community. In his address, His worship Cllr. Zulu said that the municipality is facing a huge challenge to develop infrastructure within the Macambini area. “We are faced with the huge task of building houses for Macambini residents under phase two, there are already 2000 units that needs to be constructed in this regard,” said the Mayor.
His worship Cllr Zulu informed the community that the municipality has stopped the registration for new houses and is communicating with those residents who have already been profiled as house beneficiaries. Mayor Zulu said 3000 units will be built under the Nyoni Housing Project which will also include a local school and Daycare center which will further empower the community to become more self-reliant and take care of their children.
Mayor Zulu also told Macambini residents that during last year’s strategic planning session, it was recommended that the construction of the multi-purpose sports-field, electrification of ward 1 and 8; and the construction of more houses for Macambini residents must commence soon in order to fast-track service delivery.
Mayor Zulu also congratulated wards 1, 2, 8 and 9 which have been awarded the Govan Mbeki awards for their infrastructure housing projects. The Govan Mbeki Awards aim to encourage and re-enforce a culture of excellence within the housing sector in the delivery of dignified integrated community housing. Mayor Zulu added that the Mandeni Municipality has completed road construction projects in partnership with the department of Transport and an estimated 30 street lights have been installed in areas of concern. The mayor went on to say that the electrification project is still continuing and is overcoming challenges that it faces.
The Municipality’s developmental projects such as the Quick-Win programme, has seen local beneficiaries receives equipment such as: grass- cutting machines, block making machines and t shirt printing machines in order to assist small businesses within the municipality. Employment opportunities have been opened through the Community Works Programme which was facilitated in consultation with ward councilors and ward committee members. The Dokodweni lagoon has also been awarded blue statues flag by WESSA, which will go a long way towards boosting the tourism industry within the municipality.