MAYOR’S FOREWORD

As Council we have committed ourselves to act decisively in implementing the audit action plan and obtaining the objectives of a Clean Audit by 2013/2014. We also make an understanding that as this administration elected by the members of the public we shall account on the management of financial resources of the Municipality through complying with the Municipal Finance Management Act and related Treasury Regulations.

We hosted the Public Participation meetings/ IDP Road Shows that started by 19 April 2013 and finished on the 24th of April 2013. Three clusters were formed. Cluster one consist of Ward 5, 7, 8, Cluster 2 consist of Ward 6,9, 10, 12 and Cluster 3 with Ward 1, 2, 3, 4 and 11. As a roundup of all these community visits we had a Ratepayers meet with residents of Wards 2 and 4 at the Ixopo Primary School which was very fruitful in terms of inputs and constructive criticism. We managed to change negatives to positives by initiating a dirty area at valley view that was raised to be a park, construction is underway.

We always endeavour to support the schools in our community by supporting numerous activities throughout the year. In this financial year, we hosted a successful career Exhibition that included all High Schools under Ubuhlebezwe, this we do as a measure of motivating learners to register with institutions of higher learning in order to pursue their careers and we also had Youth Summit, Mayoral Cup, Salga/Games selections, Mother of All Tournaments, Arts and Culture Competition, Gender Awareness Campaign, Children Rights Awareness and Farm Dwellers Dialogue.

On the service delivery front, the municipality has made remarkable strides towards transforming the socio-economic environment of Ubuhlebezwe. We are proud and exuberant to report that we have continued to provide new and additional services to the people of uBuhlebezwe, an example of such would be; Access Roads, Community Halls, Sports Fields and installation of R56/ R612 Street Lights and Morningview middle income housing. We have also made progress towards adequate facilitation for the provision of RDP houses even though challenges in relation to bulk infrastructure and land availability still engulf this service delivery area.