Captured during Musina Municipality strategic planning session are from left to right: Cllr Siyaphi Shirilele (EXCO member), Cllr Nkele Milanzi (Acting Mayor), Advocate Edward Lambani (Chairperson of Musina Municipality Audit Committee), Cllr Jeremiah Khunwana (EXCO member), Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu (Council Speaker) and Nathi Tshiwanammbi (Municipal Manager).

The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Musina Local Municipality were discussed in details during the three days municipality’s strategic planning session that took place at Musina recently. Issues also under discussion were the readiness of the municipality in relation to the government’s initiative of the Special Economic Zone programme.

The Acting Mayor of the session and member of Musina Municipality Executive Committee (EXCO) of Council, Cllr Nkele Milanzi said it is important for the municipality to plan for the future, while at the same time reporting on progress and implementation of the resolutions that were taken during the previous strategic planning sessions. She said the purpose of the meeting was to define the municipality’s strategy as an institution and to make critical decisions on allocating resources to achieve the strategy, including capital and people.

She continued: “We should use this opportunity to come up with a comprehensive action plan which will improve the lives of the people out there. We need to know exactly where we stand, determine where we want to go and how we will get there.”

Milanzi said despite limited resources and lack of finance, the municipality leadership is happy that a lot of progress has been reported in terms of the resolutions that were taken last year. This clearly demonstrates that as a people centred institution, we are moving towards the right direction. The way we plan has a serious impact on the outcome of the final product. This team of dedicated councillors and officials has the capacity of taking Musina Municipality to the next level.”

Council Speaker, Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu, who facilitated the session, thanked the councillors and administrators for availing themselves for the rest of the three days. “We know that you have a lot of work to do, but the fact that you decided to put everything aside to come and attend this session means that you are serious about service delivery. Your maximum participation has played a meaningful role towards the achievement of our goal of becoming a city in the near future.”

Municipal Manager, Nathi Tshiwanammbi said his administrative team will continue to work closely with councillors and various stakeholders to improve the lives of the local people.