Feb 13
We remain resolute to improving the quality of audit outcomes


Ugu District Municipality acknowledges the work and support provided by Chapter 9 institutions such as Auditor General in strengthening our democracy through the execution of the important task of oversight, accountability, and good governance in the municipality.

It is through these institutions that the municipality can measure and reflect on its efforts of improving the lives of communities it serves.

Over the past fiscal years, the auditor general report has indicated a remarkable progression in audit opinions received by the municipality for the financial year 2015/16. And this has been achieved through implementation of stringent measures which were poised to deliver a clean audit outcome for the fiscal year 2016/17 which regrettably wasn't to be.

The latest audit outcomes for the financial year 2016/17 presented at council sitting of 25 January 2018 found that the Municipality has achieved a qualified audit outcome.

The Municipality has previously received a qualified audit opinion and the recent audit outcome came at a time where the municipality was tirelessly working towards achieving the clean audit. The report also found that the two municipal entities, Ugu South Coast Tourism and the Ugu South Coast Development Agency received a clean and unqualified audit respectively.

And having noted the Auditor General's comments, the leadership of the municipality re-affirmed its commitment to improving the quality of audit outcomes and that consequence management will be strictly applied where there is non-compliance with municipal regulations and other relevant pieces of legislation.

In preparation for the clean audit outcome in the next financial year, a consolidated corrective measures plan with time frames has been developed by the municipality which will seek to address and clear all the issues raised by the Auditor-general's report.​

Thank you

Cllr MA Chiliza , Mayor Ugu District Municipality

Feb 01
Municipality invests big in education


TEACHERS and pupils alike from Rural School and former Model C Schools in the district that excellently performed during the 2017 academic year reaped the rewards of their hard work and were awarded accordingly by the municipality during this municipality's annual Mayoral Bursary Awards held at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre yesterday.

We have awarded bursaries of R10 000 to 48 beneficiaries who have been accepted to registered tertiary institutions around the country for 2018. We awarded nine of the 48 beneficiaries for being top achievers in the Class of 2017. Our total contribution is R480 000, growing the number of beneficiaries by 11 and our financial aid by R100 000 from 2017.

This year, we went beyond awarding just excelling pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, we also awarded top achievers across the board. We further introduced a new element to these awards, that of recognising top subject achievers, best overall achievers in each local municipality, best performing teachers in various subjects, best performing schools and most improved schools.

The inception of this programme came about through the identification of a need to financially assist deserving students to further their education and ensure an improved level of the graduate professional base. This programme also enables us to put emphasis on the importance of local government playing a pivotal role towards building a strong local graduate professional base by providing much needed assistance to deserving students who are studying towards a professional career.

This will be an achievement for this district through ensuring that education remains at the apex of our priorities in moving our District forward. 

We remain committed to ensuring that we continue to plant the seed of education in our schools and ensure that our top achievers and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds claim their rights to education through initiatives such as this Mayoral Bursary Fund Programme also available in the local municipalities.​

Thank you

Cllr MA Chiliza , Mayor Ugu District Municipality

Jan 25
Local schools given motivation into the new academic year


With a view of improving the level of education and instilling the culture of collaboration amongst pupils, teachers and parents for better learning, our district together with delegates from the KZN Legislature and the Department of Education visited three local schools in the Umzumbe area to monitor their functionality.

Over two days, we visited Oxolweni and KwaHlongwa Primary Schools and Mgamule High School to listen to the schools' shortfalls and find ways on how each school can be assisted to perform better. Also, best practises of the well-functioning schools were shared with other schools in an effort to improve their performance for better academic results in the end of the 2018 academic year.

Since the commencement of this programme some years ago, our interventions have yielded positive results in some schools which have seen improved pass rates over the years. Case in point is Dwalalesizwe High School under Ray Nkonyeni Municipality which has seen an impeccable improvement for 2017 academic year.   

Ugu District Municipality has taken great interest in the improvement of education and we will continue to implement programmes that will assist learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and schools develop their level of education.

This milestone can only be achieved through the unreserved participation of Educators, our Teacher Unions, the Principals and their School Management Teams, School Governing Bodies, parents, the business community, politicians from all political formations, and all stakeholders who can effectively participate in ensuring that learners receive quality education in an environment conducive for the promotion of a culture of learning and teaching.

In the coming week, our municipality will be awarding bursaries to 45 tertiary students, some of whom are new beneficiaries who have excelled in their matric studies and some are returning tertiary students who have also performed exceptionally well in the first year of their career studies.

We have placed education at the apex of our priorities in moving our District forward and through education we will eventually conquer the triple challenges of Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality.

Thank you

Cllr MA Chiliza , Mayor Ugu District Municipality

Jan 18
Our mission is to provide quality services to our communities


The new year comes with many resolutions of betterment in various aspects of life which include our personal lives, careers, families as well as our service commitment to our communities amongst others. And as an institution of local government that is mandated to provide nothing less than quality services to its communities, we remain resolute to ensuring that we become extra committed to ensuring we provide uncompromised water and sanitation services to our communities.

We just come from an unpleasant festive season specifically for the Northern parts of the district which suffered prolonged water supply interruptions. And it is only just recently we have been able to resolve this situation and ensured complete reinstatement of supply to these communities. This experience unveiled various areas that require our most urgent attention and adequately deal with the seemingly recurring service delivery challenges.

It is also a well-known fact that our municipality has inherited an infrastructure which was designed to only supply water to a minute number of households and while this may be, we continue to extend the provision of water to most communities.

We have over the years invested our resources on major infrastructure projects across the district whilst also responding to the glaring reality of ageing infrastructure. A pipe replacement program is in place and currently underway and we are resolute on our quest as a water authority to provide our residents with clean drinking water irrespective of whatever challenges we encounter along the way.

Soon we will be rolling out a programme of cleaning all our reservoirs as a matter of urgency to ensure that in a case where our supply systems reach very low levels, our communities are not subjected to discoloured water at any given time. We will be strengthening our adherence to the national drinking water quality standards.

These plans are in place and are currently being subjected to budget processes for implementation. And while this task at hand may be too big as communities who still need water and sanitation services are still many, we will remain committed to the course and forge ahead with our development agenda regardless of any challenges. ​

Thank you

Cllr MA Chiliza , Mayor Ugu District Municipality​

Jan 08
Mayor Congratulates the Class of 2017


His Worship the Mayor of Ugu District Municipality, Cllr Mondli Chiliza congratulates matriculants for their achievements in the final year school examinations.

Ugu District is proud of the Class of 2017 whose years of hard work were rewarded with good results.

We also congratulate the teachers and parent communities in the District whose on-going commitment to education is reflected in the results.

We wish to reiterate our commitment to quality education for our learners hoping that the Class of 2017 will remain committed to improve their knowledge through continuous studies and utilise their skills to serve the socio-economic development of Ugu District as well as the country at large.​

Dec 13
Merry Christmas to the Ugu Community


We are approaching the end of yet another challenging and exciting year. This year has been a very long and eventful year within the sphere of local government.

Indeed, we can look back at a year that was and agree that a lot of strides have been made towards advancing the developmental agenda of local government, that of improving the lives of our communities through provision of basic services.

Yes, certain things did not go the way we would have planned them to but the positives simply out-weigh the negatives.

I wish you all the people of this wonderful district a Merry Christmas and peaceful festive season. I encourage both you our residents and visitors to take some time out during this festive season to explore our diverse cultural, leisure and many more lifestyle activities that make Ugu District a tourism destination of choice.

To all the residents and various stakeholders, thank you once again for keeping us on our toes. Your devotion to the business of government continues to guide us as we pursue the mandate you gave us during the local government elections.

You remain our strategic partners and together we can move our district forward

As you all take time off from a hectic year that was, please do so in peace and harmony. Embrace those next to you and make a difference to those less fortunate. After all, the festive season is a time of giving, so let us all play our part and make a difference to those in need. If you will be travelling during this period, obey the rules of the road, and arrive alive.

Have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous new year​.

Thank you,

Cllr Mondli Chiliza, Mayor Ugu District Municipality​​

Dec 05
A warm welcome to the festive season


Greetings to Ugu residents and all holidaymakers that will be visiting our beloved district during this festive season.

As the municipality we wish to relay a message of assurance to our residents and holiday makers; that as a Water Services Authority of the District, we are equipped and ready to provide our consumers and holidaymakers with adequate water and sanitation services during this peak season.

We are aware, and it is regrettable; that our district has suffered tremendous service delivery interruptions in the past few weeks which led to some level of uncertainties for holidaymakers. Also, in the past years our existing infrastructure was unable to cope with the peak season demand.

Yes, certain things did not go the way that we planned them to, but nevertheless, the positives must outweigh the negatives.

We have since implemented projects to ensure that we improve our supply systems to be able to perform optimally even during the most demanding periods of the year.

I am sending all our visitors and residents this message to assure them that it is business as usual in our district and our permanent and temporary residents can rest assured that we have watertight plans to ensure all services remain uninterrupted during this period and our customers and holidaymakers alike are able to fully enjoy what our district has to offer in terms of our holiday lettings, sparkling blue flag beaches, luxury entertainment centres and our adventurous outdoor activities that make Ugu District a tourism destination of choice.

Those who are still contemplating whether they want to holiday in our district are encouraged to book now and come enjoy our beautiful weather, friendly people of the district and our tranquil holiday atmosphere.

While I get this chance to address you all, I would like to also take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a peaceful festive season and a Prosperous New Year.

And those who will be travelling during this period,  please obey the rules of the road, stay safe ;and arrive alive.

Have a blessed Christmas, festive season and a prosperous new year.​

Thank you,

Cllr Mondli Chiliza, Mayor Ugu District Municipality​

Nov 29
Ugu District Multi-Sectoral Civil Society Forum successfully launched


As government, we continue to implement initiatives that encourage for the improvement of our communities.

Last week, Our Municipality in partnership with the Office of The Premier successfully launched the district's very own Multi-Sectoral Civil Society Forum which its aim is to form an effective work bond between government the civil society sector.

The event follows a series of launches where the district's family of local municipalities launched their very own structures at a local level. The formation of these structures is an adherence to a directive given by the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal during his 2017 State of the Province Address that government establishes strong, collaborative relations and partnerships with the civil society sector.

The district forum will ensure the formation of an integrated, active, participative and well-coordinated Multi-Sectoral Civil Society Body that will play a meaningful and supportive role and collaborate with government on programmes of community and sector stakeholder interest and ensure that government accounts in this area of service delivery.

The elected District Forum members are Mr Lindani Mzotho (Chairperson), Mr Phumlani Mbuthuma (Deputy Chairperson), Pastor Chili (Secretary General) and Ms Ntombikayise Shabane (Deputy Secretary General) amongst other elected forum members.

We are firm believers of active citizenry where the community collaborates with the municipality to improve the district. The municipality's approach in the implementation of service delivery initiatives in not to isolate the community but to involve all stakeholders to advance people's lives to reap the fruits of collective efforts.

One would like to reiterate that two hands are better than one and working together we can move our district forward.

Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for our communities.​

Thank you,

Cllr Mondli Chiliza, Mayor Ugu District Municipality

Nov 20
We remain committed to serving our community


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.


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.


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.​

Thank you,

Cllr Mondli Chiliza, Mayor Ugu District Municipality

Aug 23
We are committed to serving our community


NOW than ever before, Ugu District Municipality is committed to ensuring that its communities both in the urban and rural spheres of the district equally benefit from the Municipality’s services and special pragrammes designed to develop all communities.

It is important that I pronounce as the Mayor of Ugu District, my willingness to work together with all stakeholders of our district in moving district forward. This will enable us to find workable solutions for the diverse range of developmental challenges facing our district as we move towards our vision to create a place where everyone benefits equally from socio-economic opportunities and services.

Over the past few years, we have seen significant progress towards the provision of services to our communities and I believe that an in-depth assessment of our achievements over the past term will reveal a remarkable record of success. We are still as council conscious of the enormous developmental challenges facing our district.

I want to give you assurance that we are well aware of the issues that need to be addressed.  We will continue with the process to refurbish and replace our infrastructure networks and ensure that all residents have access to quality water and decent sanitation.

We shall also redouble our efforts to improve the quality of interaction with our residents and clients whether it is at the call centre, our social media pages or at our municipal offices. We will do so in the spirit of Batho Pele and both management and staff will be aware of the fact that they will be held accountable for the quality of their service delivery.

During the second quarter of this financial year, we will be going out to the communities under the Mayoral Izimbizos programme in pursuit of our residents’ service delivery expactations.

This legislative exercise forms part of our efforts to directly interact with our communities and enables us to measure our effeciency and effectiveness as the community providers. We therefore urge all communities to fully participate in these community engagements as they aim to assist us in shaping our developmental agenda.

We are now poised to move our District to a new developmental growth path. Our primary focus will remain firmly fixed on human development and on improving the quality of lives of our people across all local municipalities in the district.

We will continue to pay special attention to programmes that aim to alleviate poverty, widen the net of our expanded social package, address issues related to child-headed households and ensure creation of employment opportunities for all vulnerable groups.

Thank you,
Cllr Mondli Chiliza, Mayor Ugu District Municipality  

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