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Media Release

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. “We 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”, added the Mayor. The Mayor also emphasised the issue of water recycling which can assist in water conservation.

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Media Release

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.

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Student Bursaries: Now Available

Student bursaries are now available. Click here to view requirements, and here to download bursary application form





20 Year Freedom Celebration at Uthukela District Municipality
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

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 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. Signingof the MOUThe agreement, which is the first of its kind among KwaZulu-Natal municipalities, was signed at the Platrand Lodge in Ladysmith.

Under this agreement, the municipalities commit to sharing knowledge, skills and best practices in areas of water and sanitation, local economic development, finance management, tourism, good governance as well as community participation.
Mayor Nxumalo said the signing of the MOU will encourage co-operation between the two municipalities in order to bolster service delivery which will allow them to deliver on their political commitments to the people of KwaZulu-Natal in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

“I am particularly pleased with the fact that our Water and Sanitation Unit has already started working with UThukela District Municipality on possible areas where we can share best practice in terms of water provision and preservation. We are optimistic about this agreement because we already have a completed water project that we have done at the City of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe where we also have a Sister City relationship. I am confident that we will start reaping the fruits of this agreement before the end of our term in 2016,” he said.

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 The Vision

A stable, and prosperous district with caring leaders who serve with excellence in government, service delivery and economic development

The Mission

We promote a people-centred environment with emphasis on communication, integrity, economy, effectiveness and efficiency.

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