Mayor Mihloti Muhlope addresses community members during the mayoral imbizo at Lesley Manyathela Stadium.

The Mayor of Musina, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope said she was impressed by the huge number of community members who turned up for the mayoral imbizo at Lesley Manyathela Stadium. She said the huge turnout is a clear indication that local people want their voices to be heard in the decision-making processes of the municipality.

Muhlope said the municipality has made several platforms available for community members to make contributions on how the government is being run. “Besides IDP meetings, we have ward meetings in all wards that are coordinated by the respective ward councillors and their ward committees.  “Today’s imbizo is a confirmation that the municipality take the contributions of community members very seriously. Let us continue to work together to build our municipality into a safe place to stay and invest.”

The mayor also took the opportunity to give a service delivery report in the urban areas of Musina. “We are happy to announce that there is no backlog on electricity supply in the urban areas of Musina. We do refuse removal once a week in all households while public institutions, government buildings and commercial properties are serviced on daily basis. During the current financial year, we are providing more than 3 000 families with free services at a cost of over R4million. These are the people whose joint family monthly income is R3 500 or less. Each household receives 6 kilolitres of water, 55 kilowatts of electricity and 100% free sewer and refuse removal services every month.”

Muhlope said in the last 10 months, the municipality has created 190 jobs through EPW. She also issued a strong warning to community members who involve themselves in criminal activities like cable theft. “Cable theft has a very negative impact on service delivery because it leads to the interruption of services like water and electricity supply. Let us work with the police to expose these criminals because they don’t have a room in our society.”

She assured community members that measures are in place to service the Eskom debt. “The Eskom debt is of very serious concern to us and we are doing everything possible to service it as per the agreement. We have drastically reduced the debt and hope to pay it up at the end of March next year.”

During the imbizo, community members raised service delivery issues relating to amongst others, shortage of housing, unemployment and crime. She said issues that are the competency of the municipality will be attended urgently while those that are not municipality related will be sent to the relevant stakeholders.