Musina Municipality engages with rural community members

Captured during the mayoral imbizo at Gumela village are from left to right: Cllr Jeremia Khunwana, Thovhele Ratshibvumo II Rambuda, Thovhele Mmbangiseni Manenzhe and Musanda Solomon Nduvheni of Ngalavhani villageCaptured during the mayoral imbizo at Gumela village are from left to right: Cllr Jeremia Khunwana, Thovhele Ratshibvumo II Rambuda, Thovhele Mmbangiseni Manenzhe and Musanda Solomon Nduvheni of Ngalavhani village

Ordinary community members from Gumela and the surrounding villages were filled with joy upon direct interaction with their political representatives and traditional leaders. This was during the Musina Municipality mayoral imbizo held at the local soccer field. Gumela falls under Ward 7 of Musina Municipality and is one of the more than 50 villages which were incorporated into Musina following the disestablishment of the then Mutale Municipality. 

 

Representing Mayor Mihloti Muhlope who could not preside the imbizo due to other official commitments, Cllr Jeremia Khunwana said it is important for the municipality to go out and interact with community members to address service delivery gaps. He said legislation compels government to engage directly with various constituencies to advance the objectives of inclusive governance and effective public participation.

Khunwana gave a service delivery report on projects that the municipality undertook in Ward 7 after the new demarcation process.

He said the mayoral imbizo is based on government’s Batho Pele principles which advocate to put people first.  “As public servants, we all have to subscribe to these principles which include Consultation, Service Standards, Access, Courtesy, Information, Openness and Transparency, Redress and Value for money. Government has played a major role to improve lives since 1994.  Although much has been achieved, there is still a lot to be done to ensure full access to government services by the rural poor.”

He added: “By bringing together stakeholders from different sectors and the community to share their views on how best we can solve the identified challenges, it will be easier for us to find possible solutions.  We need innovative ideas to support our communities and the public participation programmes provides a platform to share ideas and explore new ways of doing things.”

Stakeholders and departments that did presentations and render services during the imbizo include Home Affairs, Health, Correctional Services, Agriculture, Justice, South African Police Services, Social Development, SASSA and the Vhembe District Municipality. 

Khunwana said issues raised by the community which are a competency of the municipality will be addressed urgently. “Those that are not our responsibility will be forwarded to the relevant stakeholders for urgent attention.”

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