VIEWPOINT

Greeting to all

PUBLIC PROTESTS

Once again, we would like to express our gratitude to the community of Umzimkhulu for being patients with the municipality on service delivery backlogs. We understand from the continuous engagements with our communities that the key challenges are on electricity, roads and water. As a municipality, we have evidently rake some funds to fast track some of these backlogs. We also understand and respect the fact that communities have rights of expression they feel that there is negligence on the pace but we would like to vocally condemn demolishing of existing infrastructure on the processes of expression. Damaging of existing infrastructure is barbaric and unhuman hence it reverses all the gains.  

2018 UMZIMKHULU HORSE RACING

As a municipality we have partnered with Umzimkhulu Horse Riding Association, we have since held an annual event for the horse racing. This prestigious annual event is drawing participants from within the Harry Gwala District Municipality. Some come as far as both KZN and Eastern Cape. This structure is quite popular, in the horse riding sector, due to its commitment and successes during the competitions. After decades of existence, in 2018, Umzimkhulu Horse Riding event has just been adopted by the KZN Rural Horse Riding Association to an extent that it has since been included in the KZN calendar. This is such a huge achievement hence this event will now be able to attract more patriots. This year`s event will be held at Ntlabeni Village of Ward 13 on 24th September, in Umzimkhulu. Department of Sport and Recreation, Harry Gwala District Municipality and private sector are partnering to ensure that this event becomes a success.       

UMZIMKHULU GETTING READY FOR THE TOURISM MONTH

That time of the year whereby the entire nation will be embracing its cultural diversity, is on the door step. To be part of these celebrations Umzimkhulu Municipality will be hosting a parade whereby everyone is invited to showcase diverse cultures in the streets of these rural based town as everyone will be parading from the entrance of the town to Umzimkhulu Park through the taxi rank. This event is one of the show stopper hence the entire town usually come to stand still while traditional attire becomes to talk of the town. To enhance this event, horse riders and traditional groups including partnered sponsors further partake in an exhibitions that take place at Umzimkhulu Park.    

It is with great sadness to observe the growing statistics of women and girls abuse in our communities. We firstly would like to appeal to all men and boys to stand together without competing amongst themselves also without fear nor favour, to take stand by fighting any form of abuse directed to women and girls. Our societal objectives will be meaningless and further defeated if these abuses are not decisively dealt with especially by men and boys.  

Till we meet again.

(Mr) Zweliphantsi Sikhosana

Municipal Manager