Imbizo promises new beginnings in Lekwa

Mr Muzi Chirwa (mayor: Gert Sibande District Municipality) at the recent imbizo. Photo: supplied

Gert Sibande District Municipality recently held a mayoral imbizo in Morgenzon.

According to Ms Thobeka Mtshiselwa, communications manager of the Lekwa Municipality, it was a resounding success.

“An imbizo is an initiative of the municipality where questions are answered and concerns are heard and advice is taken from the public about the municipality’s programmes and services,” Ms Mtshiselwa said.

The community of Ward 14 (Morgenzon) interacted face to face with the district mayor, Mr Muzi Chirwa.

The event was a joint effort by Lekwa and other government departments.

Ms Lindi Masina, MMC of Corporate Services in the district, said it was an opportunity to review the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) as well.

People came in numbers to listen to the mayor giving assurances and sharing success stories of all the completed projects that the community requested.

Issues ranging from electricity, roads, water and sanitation and title deeds were raised to which both Lekwa and Gert Sibande responded to the progress made.

In his keynote address, Mr Chirwa emphasised that the municipality has already begun establishing a database of young, unemployed people with degrees, diplomas or other skills, as well as those who are involved in community-based programmes.

Some of them will benefit from the district municipality’s learnerships, bursaries and expanded public works programmes, its cooperative and Small, Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMME) development programmes.

“Two students from Lekwa are funded by this bursary to date,” Mr Chirwa said.

The bursary covers tuition fees, accommodation and food.

Furthermore, each student is given R1 000 monthly to buy necessities and toiletries,” he also said.

A small business owner from Ward 14 said they have problems in sourcing funding for their businesses and would appreciate assistance.

Mr Chirwa responded by saying that he and other aspiring, small business owners should contact the Local Economic Development office to be considered for the incubator programme, that is aimed at developing SMMEs, where training will be given and problem-solving addressed.

The highlight of the day was when a new public participation van was handed over to Lekwa Municipality.

The van is to be used by the office of the Speaker to make it easier to liaise with the community and is fully equipped with speakers and a microphone.

The municipality expressed their gratitude.

Dumisani Zwane

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