Cllr. A.S. Mazibuko
The Honorable Mayor
Honourable Mayor’s Website Launch Announcement
May I take this wonderful opportunity to greet and welcome the inhabitants of uThukela District Municipality to our new look website. UThukela District Municipality is pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved website. Our new website now provides a more comprehensive source of municipal information and services. Now you can also read the latest press releases, check out the vacancies, tender opportunities, access important links and much more.
We are very excited to have finally launched our new website design after almost a full year in redevelopment! You’ll see things are looking quite interesting around here and it’s all been completely re-coded from the ground up.
Admittedly, I was a little bit shy to the idea of re-doing our entire website at first because I knew what a large undertaking it would be. To completely re-design, re-create, and move everything and everyone over to a new design and code base was a huge learning experience, for sure. And it has helped us grow as not only as the municipality, but also as Word Presser’s in general by leaps and bounds.
A few of our goals with the new website were to make it faster, easier to navigate for users, and easier for us to manage/update. Most of all, we wanted to help our clients to get to know us better. If you take a glimpse around the site I think you’ll get a pretty good idea of who we are and what we do as the municipality.
I also want to highlight some of the harder parts about doing this re-launch. Probably the hardest was trying to keep consistently releasing content and themes that were useful to our customers while simultaneously working on our own website – and all the while answering support tickets as well.
It can also feel like it is taking a very long time to complete – almost like it may never happen. If you’re in the middle of a project like that, I would say keep going even when you feel like you’ll never finish, because if you stop – well that’s the only way you won’t finish. Eventually if you keep working hard when you can find the time, it does come to a point where you feel like you’re ready to launch. And it’s a pretty good feeling that gets better knowing we are on the right track.
While the site offers rich content already – including a number of mouth-watering screenshots – it is a work in progress and we will certainly continually improve it. We are excited to get back to making themes and plugins full-steam – because that’s really what we’re here to do. And we feel good about the fact that our website has the ability to facilitate that much better as well.
We have taken significant time during this process to think through not only how we conduct our business, but, perhaps more importantly, why do we conduct our business. We are still the same people who go the distance, who pay attention to detail, and who are devoted to connecting with the community we serve.
When you have a few minutes, please review our new site. You will feel the commitment, the passion, and dedication of everyone in the municipality. We would appreciate your thoughts on how our efforts have resonated with you. As always, if you have any questions or need help you can contact us at 036 638 5100 – or leave us some thought via EMAIL at IT@uthukealdm.co.za. Remember, success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.
Thank you very much!
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