Seated are Cllr Fistos Mafela (Chief Whip), Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Cllr Jeremia Khunwana (member of Musina Municipality Council Executive Committee) and Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu (Speaker). They were captured with members of the Sigonde Tribal Council and other community members who attended the service delivery meeting at Sigonde village

Mr Ntshavheni Munyai is the Secretary of Sigonde Tribal Council in Ward 9 of Musina Municipality. He was very happy to personally raise his service delivery challenges with the political leadership of Musina Municipality. This was during the visit of the Musina Municipality delegation to the Sigonde Tribal Council. The visit was meant to address service delivery issues in the village.

Munyai said he was impressed by the fact that the leadership of the municipality decided to put everything aside to come and interact with the villagers. “We understand that our leaders are very busy people. Despite the fact that today is Sunday, they made time to come and meet us face to face to respond to our issues. Instead of us travelling long distances to their offices, they availed themselves personally and it was easier for us to raise our issues. We are very privileged to be blessed with this type of leadership which is always available when we need them.”

When addressing villagers, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope said government has done a lot to improve the lives of the local people but she acknowledged that there is still much to be done. “It is important that we service all our wards equally despite the shortage of resources and limited budget.  If we go around all the wards of Musina, we can see that there are lot of achievements and we are happy that the lives of our people have been improved. All the challenges cannot be addressed overnight but we are pleased that people do witness what we are doing as government.”

Muhlope said issues that have been raised by Sigonde villagers will be addressed with the seriousness they deserve. “We noted the issues related to the shortage of RDP houses, damages roads, stock theft, improved water supply and unemployment. Issues that are the competency of the municipality will be worked on as a matter of urgency. Those that do not fall within our scope of work will be referred to the relevant authorities and timeous follow ups will be made so that they can also be addressed amicably.”