Our endeavours to create a better life for the Ugu community continue through our unceasing efforts to master the provision of quality drinking water and access to sanitation. And also, creating an enabling environment for social and economic development, community participation and the coordination of public private players.
In the past few weeks, we have witnessed the community heed to a call once made by the late Mayor, Cllr Tolomane Mnyayiza where he called for more active citizenry where the community collaborates with the municipality to improve the district. Our district faced the toughest service delivery impediment because of an illegal work stoppage of our employees, vandalism and unauthorised tempering of our systems led to severe interruption to our core services, mainly water provision. When our efforts came short to ensure uninterrupted provision of water supply, we received tremendous support from different community organisations, the business sector and the community at large who intervened and assisted provide the affected customers with clean drinking water.
As the municipality and its Council, we are extremely grateful to these communities who did not turn their back on us in our time of need but instead collaborated with us and ensured communities had access to this basic right.
Water supply has been restored in most communities however, due to the fragility of some of our systems, a few communities remain unresolved. A team of our capable technicians are working around the clock to ensure that the remainder of the communities still encountering supply problems are reinstated as soon as possible. While efforts of full restoration are underway, we have an intensive water tankering programme for relief supply.
RESTORATION OF CREDIBILITY:
As the Municipality, collaboratively with Council, management and employees, we have a chunk of hard work ahead of us to build back the credibility of the Municipality and more importantly ensure that the district remains a credible and recommendable tourist destination that is.
As the Municipality, we commit to making all resources available and do everything possible to bring back the confidence of residents and holidaymakers alike in our district. We will have to make uncomfortable sacrifices for the betterment of the organisation.
LONG TERM SOLUTIONS:
We have devised long term solutions to address persistent water challenges and these plans require a budget of millions of rands for its successful execution.
The Municipality has approached the KZN Departments of Water and Sanitation, Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Treasury to deal with the issues of funding for emergency projects to be implemented and ensure the water supply interruptions due to aged infrastructure and inadequate resources comes to a cease and the municipality deals only with unavoidable cases.
We will continue to promote working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for our communities.
Cllr Mondli Chiliza, Mayor Ugu District Municipality