Royal welcome for Musina delegation

Thovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema (seated middle) flanked by Mayor Mihloti Muhlope and council Speaker Gilbert Netshisaulu. Standing from left to right are Cllrs Titus Netshipale, Rabelani Gadabeni and Lufuno Mudau from the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional AffairsThovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema (seated middle) flanked by Mayor Mihloti Muhlope and council Speaker Gilbert Netshisaulu. Standing from left to right are Cllrs Titus Netshipale, Rabelani Gadabeni and Lufuno Mudau from the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs

A delegation from Musina Municipality received a royal welcome from senior traditional leader, Thovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema at Ha-Tshikundamalema. Led by Mayor Mihloti Mhlope, the delegation also included council speaker, Gilbert Netshisaulu, councilors Titus Netshipale and Rabelani Gadabeni.

The purpose of the visit was to consolidate the already blossoming working relationship between Musina Municipality and Tshikundamalema Tribal Council. A large number of villages falling under Thovhele Tshikundamalema have been incorporated into Musina following the recent new municipal demarcations. This was the first official visit to the Tshikundamalema Tribal Council by the delegation from Musina Municipality after the new demarcations.

With joy written all over his face, Thovhele Tshukundamalema said he was grateful to receive the delegation from Musina Municipality. He said inclusive governance is the only way to improve efficient service delivery. “The municipality is the catalyst for service delivery and we as traditional leaders provide land. If there is no cooperation between the municipality and traditional leaders, ordinary people suffer most as they will not receive the much needed services.”

Thovhele Tshikundamalema encouraged other traditional leaders to follow suite and work together with their municipalities. “The fact that I am one of the senior traditional leaders who has been allocated a seat in the municipal council truly reflects that Musina Municipality is ready to work with us. I will not be able to stand aside and criticize the municipality because I am now part of the council.  We will definitely work hard with the municipality to make sure that we develop our communities as efficient as possible.”

In response, Mayor Muhlope said the municipality will continue to build relationship with traditional leaders to improve service delivery. “We invite traditional leaders to attend service delivery meetings but it was also important for us to show our respect to them by paying personal visits. We will continue to do so because it has a positive impact on service delivery.” 

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