Extension of municipal offices to enhance service delivery

Construction workers busy with their work at the site of the extension of Musina municipal offices. Construction workers busy with their work at the site of the extension of Musina municipal offices.

Despite the disestablishment of Mutale municipality, local community members will be able to get the much needed municipal services with ease. The Musina Municipality has started with the extension of municipal offices in Musina at a cost of five million rand.  The scope of work includes the construction of new council chambers, offices and ablution facilities. 

The communications manager of Musina Municipality, Wilson Dzebu said there is a need to extend offices since the municipality has grown. “Before the recent local government elections, we had a total of six wards and 12 councilors. We now have twelve wards and 24 councilors which takes us a step further from plenary to executive municipality. One small example is of our current council chamber which is no longer able to accommodate all councilors and management due to the growth of the municipality. The old chambers has a capacity of 60 people and the new one will carry more than 120 people.”

Dzebu said the construction is not only going to boost the infrastructure of the municipality, but has assisted in creating job opportunities to the local people. “Some people, who were formally unemployed, are now able to put something on their tables. Apart from earning money, they will be able to acquire skills which they will independently use to get some income after the completion of the project. This is what we call community empowerment.”

He advised community members to take good care of the infrastructure after completion. “The fact that the infrastructure is located in the municipal offices does not necessarily mean that it solely belongs to the municipality. Damaging infrastructure creates setbacks as more money will be diverted from service delivery to the repairs and maintenance. We all have the responsibility to make sure that these buildings are safe at all times.”

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