21 October 2020
Uthukela District Municipality in partnership with Gift of the Givers handed complete sanitation facilities and sanitary packs to Nsikayezwe High School in Ngedlengedleni area under Alfred Duma Local Municipality. District Mayor Cllr AS Mazibuko, Deputy Mayor Cllr NW Mchunu, Alfred Duma Chief Whip Cllr T Njapha and officials were some of the stakeholders who were present.
This initiative was to provide decent sanitation to all school going learners. "Today it is an honour to accept the donation that we receive from our donors. Not all schools receive such donation, you are among the few that are privileged. Sanitation is dignity and it is one of our core functions as the district. Improved sanitation and hygiene in schools have been linked to improved children's educational performance and reduction in absenteeism", said Mayor Mazibuko.
He then urged the recipients to ensure that they maintain it in order for it to last longer and keep it clean at all times. The Mayor also encouraged them to protect their school from vandalism. He then thanked the government and private partners for fast-tracking service delivery.
By midday the team was joined by Alfred Duma Mayor Cllr MV Madlala and Ward Councillor Nkabinde proceeded to do an oversight at Uitval wards 34 and 35 . The purpose of these programmes is monitoring of projects, hear the needs of the community and also carry out mandate given by the State President that political leaders and officials leave their offices and go to the people to attend to their queries and complaints, also to give political leaders an insight to the issues.
We are grateful that we have found potential boreholes in these areas. As water provision has been a challenge not only in these areas but to others as well. We would like to decrease water challenges in these areas by providing our communities with reliable water sources
, the Mayor explained.
Addressing the community, the Mayor said they know their needs and told them that phase one will be completed in November this year and phase two in June next year so they will have access to water. He pleaded with the community to be patient as they will be able to receive water. The team also visited ward 34 where the Mayor told the community that they have plans to install hand pumps while still waiting for the project to be completed. The visibility of the Mayor and the team was appreciated by the people in the area.