23 October 2015
Drought roadshow debate a major success
UThukela District Municipality participated in the Ukhozi FM live debate show that was held on Friday in the early hours of the morning at the Civic Centre Hall, Ladysmith. The radio talk show is one of the series prearranged by the KwaZulu Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs department and the Department of Water and Sanitation. It seeks to highlight the plight of a drought in the province and in some districts, and how the districts are responding to challenges posed by drought.
District Mayor Cllr DCP Mazibuko, UThukela Area Engineer Thabiso Mngoma and CoGTA Portfolio Committee Chair Nomagugu Simelane were part of the panel. The Mayor started by highlighting the impact of the drought in the district. She said about 4000 jobs are at stake because many businesses are using water to operate their businesses. However, as a municipality some interventions have been made to assist businesses to keep them active during this trying time.
In response to a question asked about the Woodstock Dam situated in Bergville but also supplying the Gauteng province with water, the Mayor clearly said all the dams belong to the Department of Water and Sanitation. ‚ÄúWe have no control over the dams as the municipality as they are owned by the Department of Water and Sanitation. As the municipality we only get permission to use water from the department‚ÄĚ, added the Mayor. The Mayor also emphasised the issue of water recycling which can assist in water conservation.
13 October 2015
Drought is a reality and we must play our part
The drought situation around uThukela District Municipality is getting worse, and now Emnambithi Municipality is following on the heels of Indaka Municipality in becoming one of the worst affected areas.
What must be clarified to the public is that there is no water-shedding taking place, but uThukela supplies only what it has. The term water-shedding implies that we have the capacity, but are withholding it. This is not the case, as we are supplying whatever water we have.
As a result, the Water Technical Services are continuously pumping water to fill the lower reservoirs at the water treatment plant. Once a day, for a maximum of four hours, water is pumped to the main reservoir in Observation Hill. Due to its location, Hospital Park has not felt the impact of water restrictions, as the area still manages to get enough water.
¬†20 YEAR FREEDOM CELEBRATION
Seen in picture is the Mayor of uThukela Cllr DCP Mazibuko, SAPS and Mayor of Emtshezi, Cllr B Dlamini
20 years of Freedom Celebration saw the Mayors, Councillors, SAPS, Traditional leaders, different stakeholders and community members, getting geared into a series of projects showcase within uThukela District Municipality jurisdiction.Service delivery flame was used as a symbol to highlight the achievements of the Government of the day since its inception in 1994. Taking into cognisance the number of projects since 1994 , four days was not sufficient for the District to remind the community members of the success stories since freedom came into being. Speaking to community members
¬†EThekwini signs MOU with uThukela
EThekwini Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo and Uthukela District Municipality Mayor, Cllr Dudu Mazibuko today, 26/11/2013, signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation on service delivery between the two municipalities. The agreement, which is the first of its kind among KwaZulu-Natal municipalities, was signed at the Platrand Lodge in Ladysmith.