Captured during the Musina mayoral imbizo are from left to right: Musanda Vho-Samuel Mashila of Marovholo, Musina Chief Whip Cllr Fistos Mafela, Musanda Vho-Mbulaheni Mudau of Tshikhudini, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Musanda Vho-Mmbengeni Rambuda of Musunda and Musanda Vho-Rembuluwani Nduvheni of Ngalavhani.

Ordinary people from Musunda and the surrounding villages had an opportunity to directly interact with their political representatives and raise issues in relation to service delivery. This was during the recent Musina Municipality mayoral imbizo. Musunda falls under Ward 11 of Musina Municipality and is one of the villages that were incorporated from the disestablished Mutale Municipality.

When addressing representatives of community stakeholders, traditional leaders and the local communities, Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope said it is important for political leaders to visit communities instead of relying on reports that are brought to their offices. “As your representatives, we have a duty to personally come and interact with you and listen to your service delivery needs. We can proudly report that government has done a lot to improve the people’s life since 1994. But we can also acknowledge that there is still much to be done to redress the inequalities of the past.”

Muhlope said she was happy that the local school kids have no challenges with the scholar transport. “We are happy that local high school learners are transported daily with government buses to Mamphodo High School. This really shows that our government is serious about the education of our children. A nation that does not take good care of their children is doomed forever because children are our future leaders.”

The mayor said she was happy that 20 RDP houses and eight toilets that were allocated to Musunda and Tshitanzhe villages were complete. “This is an indication that government is serious about providing decent housing and sanitation facilities to our people.”

She said she was disturbed by reports of stock theft in the area. “We received reports that some cattle are stolen and slaughtered in the bushes during the night. This is highly disturbing because most local people depend on stock sale for survival. We will engage with the police to make sure that the matter is receiving urgent attention. We have also got reports that there are local small scale farmers who are working hard to fight hunger and unemployment. We will engage with the relevant departments and stakeholders to see how best they can be assisted.”

Other issues raised by villages include the occasional grading of the roads, creation of jobs, the fight against crime and shortage of RDP houses.

Muhlope said issues that are the competency of the local municipality will be attended to urgently. “Those that fall under government departments and private sectors will be forwarded accordingly and follow ups will be made so that they can also receive immediate attention.”

Headman Rembuluwani Nduvheni praised the political leadership of Musina Municipality for their commitment in service delivery. “We are very happy that you came here today to see what villagers are coming across on daily basis. This is what we call true leadership.”