BTO TEAM BUILDING 2016

MOTHER OF ALL TOURNAMENTS 2016

IDP ROAD SHOW 2016

IPD TEAM BUILDING 2016

PRAYER DAY 2016

1ST ANNUAL STAFF MEETING

On the 10th of February 2016 Ubuhlebezwe Municipality held its first annual staff meeting, It is very important that we hold these meetings at the beginning of the year highlighted the Municipal Manager G.M Sineke, each staff member may have a different objective, depending upon what they are trying to achieve; this meeting is designed to provide information, encourage discussion, boost morale or inspire creativity while also creating a feeling of cohesion within the Municipality.

BACK TO SCHOOL UNIFORM HANDOVER

Ward 4 Councillor S.C Shezi handed out school uniforms
to 29 beneficiaries on Monday, 1st of February 2016 as part of Ubuhlebezwe Municipality back to school programme.

In his address Councillor Shezi, highlighted the important role played by the teachers at schools. “You as teachers are the most important people in our society and all of us who are adults went to school being taken care of by teachers.

“We are embarking in this programme to hand out school uniforms in order to
give poor children a start so that they are inspired and can one day become
engineers, accountants, artisans and technicians”. Our efforts are aimed at
ensuring that the child can receive free education from the Department of
Education, free healthcare from the Department of Health as well as school
nutrition, transport and school uniforms.

“All this is made possible through the partnership with the Nondaba Family who have been very active in giving back to the community.

The uniform packages included school shoes, back pack and 2 pairs of uniforms for male and females.

Just a week ago the Municipality had visited all the High schools within the border of Ubuhlebezwe with stakeholders such as SAPS, IEC and the Department of Social Development highlighting the importance of being a registered voter, while also motivating the class of 2016 to strive for the best and apply for bursarys from the Municipality.

MARKET STALL HAND OVER

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality’s Department of Social Development had undertaken a project to build market stalls in partnership with World Vision in order to assist informal traders, as a key strategy of government within a single programme, to create Economic Development, provide infrastructure, and empower communities. The building of these market stalls will assist members of the community in having a “one stop shop” rather than having to travel a great distance purchasing goods while also allowing the Municipality to regulate informal traders. On the 15th of February 2016 55 Market stalls were officially handed over to the informal traders who could not wait to start selling there products.

FOOD SECURITY/VEGETABLE TUNNEL HANDOVER

 In South Africa, the right to food, among other basic rights, is enshrined in the Constitution. The same Constitution also affords Government the mandate to make provisions, either legislatively or otherwise, to ensure that this right is realized which is why Ubuhlebezwe Municipality sought out to encompass the support for Hiv/Aids Support groups by introducing Qeda Indlala food security campaign, on the 9th of December the Municipality then embarked on journey of all the wards to officially handover the mini food security tunnels to the support groups. This project will not only eradicate poverty but also have economic development implications as the support groups can consume or sell the produce that they harvest.

DISABILITY MONTH AWARENESS

On the 25th of November 2015 Ubuhlebezwe Municipality embarked on a disability month awareness campaign at the Highflats hall, South Africa celebrates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is also celebrated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day. The aim of this campaign is to educate the public and people living with disabilities of their rights.

A Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person’s lifetime.

The attendees were also treated to food packs that were sponsored by Gift of the Givers in partnership with Tri- Circle.

COMEDY SHOW

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality held its annual Comedy Show at Peace Initiative Hall on the 18th of December 2015 in celebration of all things funny with local comedians as well as with the main stream heavy hitters such as Felix Hlophe and Mondli Mzizi to name a few. Comedy lovers came out in their numbers as the newly built hall was full to capacity.

YEAR END PARTY

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality held its Annual Year End function at Amble inn on the 18th of December 2015, the theme for the occasion was vintage all the staff looked magnificent in there different attire.

ANNUAL YEAR END STAFF MEETING

DISABILITY MONTH AWARENESS

On the 25th of November 2015 Ubuhlebezwe Municipality embarked on a disability month awareness campaign at the Highflats hall, South Africa celebrates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is also celebrated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day. The aim of this campaign is to educate the public and people living with disabilities of their rights.

A Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person’s lifetime.

The attendees were also treated to food packs that were sponsored by Gift of the Givers in partnership with Tri- Circle.

HIV/AIDS CANCER AWARENESS

On the 23rd of October 2015 Ubuhlebezwe Municipality conducted a programme aimed at raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and Cancer. The focus is on educating regarding cancers that affect women, including breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine.  The campaign was aimed at educating women on the significance of knowing their body, and the importance of regular cancer screening. And to encourage all women to get to know the warning signs of cancer and what to do to reduce the cancer risk. It’s vital to educate oneself and to know the signs and symptoms of these cancers.

The employees were also educated on male circumcision which is an intensive Department of Health initiative to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and other related sexually transmitted diseases.

The event was also graced by the various medical aid schemes to showcase there different covers while also educating member’s on the different chronic illness covers.

HANDOVER OF LOCOMOTIVE TRAIN BY KZN PREMIER

The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Senzo Mchunu, with the First Lady Mrs Thembeka Mchunu and MEC of Education Mrs NP Mkonyeni were at Ixopo to hand over a train locomotive which was sponsored by Transnet. The locomotive, it is envisaged, is going to help boost tourism in the area. They also visited Carisbrooke Primary to give away new uniforms to the less fortunate children, as part of the First Lady’s initiative.

DR MARGARET MNCADI STATUE UNVEILING.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu together with African Union Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma fulfilled a promise yesterday to honour heroes of the struggle when they unveiled the statue of Dr Margaret Mncadi in Ixopo.

Dr Mncadi, a physician with her own practice in Benoni, decided to move to KwaZulu-Natal in 1956 where she took over Winston Conco’s medical practice in Ixopo.

Conco was at the time one of the defendants in the Treason Trial. Dr Mncadi was a political activist who became the first president of the African National Congress Women’s League in KwaZulu-Natal.

She led a protest march in 1959 and campaigned against the pass laws in the province. She went into exile in Swaziland in 1960.

JOB EXCHANGE DAY

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality held a Job Exchange day programme on the 9th of October 2015.

Rarely does everyone appreciate the work done by those around them, not even those they work with closely. Swapping jobs with someone else gives people day-in day-out experience from another angle. This new perspective helps people fundamentally adjust their usual work to accommodate the larger view; the main objectives for employee exchange are to aid the development of employees by exposing them to different working environment’s creating and promoting development opportunities.

Apart from the fact that the Municipality still had to render basic services to the community ranging from grass cutting, waste management and the daily internal functions of the Municipality a lot of fun was had on the day. The employees truly showed their dedication to the upliftment of the community of Ubuhlebezwe Municipality and respect for the positions of their colleagues.

ART FESTIVAL

WOMEN’S DAY COMMEMORATION AT SUKUMA HALL IN  MHLABASHANE

UBUHLEBEZWE MAYOR ZD NXUMALO OFFICIATING AT THE HOUSE HANDOVER TO THE HADEBE FAMILY AT MHLABASHANE

UBUHLEBEZWE MUNICIPALITY CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY

GOLDEN GAMES 2015

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality hosted its annual Golden Games, on the 29th of July 2015 at Ixopo Lower Sports field; the older generation came out in their numbers and all 12 wards were represented equally.

The Games encourage older persons to live healthy lifestyles by participating in sport and other social activities.  The Games are also a way of encouraging all South Africans to provide support to older persons by helping them live healthier lifestyles.

As this was the first round of sports all the participants that made it through will then participate at a District level where all  five Local municipalities will compete against each other for the chance of glory at a Provincial level and  ultimately at a National Level.

FLEA MARKET

COUNCIL 30 JULY 2015

Public Service Week

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality embarked on a week-long clean-up campaign during the Public Service week which is used as a platform of participation and engagement with all stakeholders for the delivery of quality public services.

The 2015 Public Service Week attracted participation from public servants across the three spheres of government, state owned enterprises, ambassadors, institutions of higher learning, civil society organisations and citizens.

Public Service Week is an integral part of the Batho Pele (people first) movement aimed at instilling and/or rebuilding good ethics, morale and pride within public servants to encourage the culture of providing quality services.

The week promotes inter-governmental relations by encouraging integrated approaches in rendering public services to effectively utilise limited government resources for improved results.

The platform further affords Senior Managers and Political principals an opportunity to engage with frontline staff and citizens to get a first-hand understanding of what transpires at different service delivery points.

Activities for the 2015 Public Service Week included the deployment of senior managers to service delivery sites within the different wards of the Municipality.

The most critical interventions that were identified included Department of Social Development to issue social relief in the form of child support grants, Department of Justice to intervene for child maintenance issue, Department of Education to assist with school uniforms, Department of Home Affairs to intervene on birth certificates and ID cases and the Department of Agriculture to assist the households in starting up a one home one garden.

Medical check-ups by the Department of Health and a referral to SASSA for application of Disability grant and the Department of Human settlements to assess the state of the house and assist where  possible .

YOUTH DAY 2015

Youth Day 2015

WELLNESS DAY JUNE 2015

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL MANAGER TEAM BUILDING

OPERATION SUKUMA SAKHE IN HARRY GWALA DISTRICT

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Mr. Senzo Mchunu and members of the Provincial Executive Council visited major government projects within the Harry Gwala District on the 29th of April 2015. All members of the provincial executive were assigned to each of the 12 wards of the district where they presented development programs and interacted with members of the community. The Premier was accompanied by his Worship the Mayor Cllr Z. D. Nxumalo Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality Mayor to ward one in Mahhehle Sports ground.

RATES MEETING

PRAYER DAY FUNCTION

MOTHER OF ALL TOURNAMENTS

BUDGET and TREASURY OFFICE’S TEAM BUILDING 2015

UBUHLEBEZWE CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN

On Wednesday 4th of March 2015, Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality in conjunction with the local farmers association embarked on an education and cleaning project at Highflats. This project was given birth by the alarming rate of litter that surrounds the town even though the municipality provides refuse facilities and collection. It seems as if the community was not utilising them, the farmers and Municipal workers came out in their numbers to ensure that the project was successful.

Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality does it again!!!!

As predicted, the 19th of February will go down in history as yet another event to honour principals of schools was held at Ixopo Primary School. The function went very well especially the Key Note Address delivered by Dr M A Mdletye. Again Little Flower Secondary was awarded with two trophies namely for being 3rd in the District and 1st within Ubuhlebezwe Municipality.

UBUHLEBEZWE URGED NOT TO BE COMPLACENT

SD TEAM BUILDING

COUNCILLORS YEAR END FUNCTION

On the 10th of December 2014 at Hluthankungu B&B, Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality hosted the year end function for Councillors’. The purpose of the function was to give thanks to Councillors’ for their performance throughout the year. Awards were presented as follows:

BEST PERFORMING COMMITTEE: Administrator & Human Resources

BEST ATTENDING COUNCILLOR: Cllr E B Ngubo

MOST HELPFUL COUNCILLOR: Cllr S C Shezi

BEST DRESSED FEMALE:  Cllr G J Ngcongo

BEST DRESSED MALE: Cllr S H Dlamini

MOST ADAPTING COUNCILLOR: Cllr E T Shoba

COUNCILLOR OF THE YEAR: Cllr T C Dlamini

BEFORE and AFTER THE AWARDS CEREMONY:

FINAL COUNCIL MEETING

CANDLELIGHTING CEREMONY

For the past three years Ubuhlebezwe Municipality has been hosting a Candle Lighting Ceremony. The purpose of this momentous ceremony is to bring people together for a common cause which is to pray for wisdom and protection over family and friends over the festive season. The lighting of candles signifies the unity among our community, and country at large, in the struggle against the many misfortunes that we are faced with during this time of the year.

This year’s event was held on the 04th of December 2014 where prayers were said for an accident and violence free festive season by Rev Khuboni and Mr Mdluli respectively. A special prayer was also made for the Class of 2014 Matrics. Over the past couple of years there has been a trend where Matric Students opt to take their lives when they discover that they have not passed Matric. Pastor Dan led the congregation in praying for wisdom, strength, and endurance for the class of 2014.

The event was befittingly graced by the Honourable W Thusi, KZN MEC Social Development, who delivered a strong message on the need to eradicate violence against women and children. Women and children should be cherished as they are a treasure and any form of societal and economical injustices brought against them is a gross violation of human rights.

COMEDY SHOW

On the 04th of December 2014 Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality for the first time hosted a Comedy show much to the delight of the community. The show garnered much interest in the district and as a result the tickets for the show were sold to within hours of going on sale.

The line up for the show was made up of Mondli Mzizi, Tsoro, Justice Kubheka, Sbo da Poet and Siyanda Maphumulo. Local artists also performed thereby giving them exposure as performers of note. After a night filled with laughter and entertainment, the consensus among the very grateful citizens of Ixopo was that the Comedy Show must become an annual event.

JOB EXCHANGE DAY

In what appears to be one of the most memorable days of Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality, officials and Councillors took part in a Job Exchange Day on the 19th of September 2014. In the spirit of togetherness, officials exchanged duties with one another, thereby giving each other an opportunity to work with different people from different departments and units.

The day saw officials getting their hands dirty. They swept the streets, planted trees, cleaned offices amongst other things. This gave management insight on the amount of work and effort that their fellow colleagues put in making our town what it is. On the other hand, officials whose day to day duties include keeping our streets clean, maintaining roads, cleaning the cemeteries and keeping the Municipality clean, saw themselves in management positions. Dressed to the nines, these officials swapped their green overalls for a suit and tie.  They had their own offices, laptops and to keep themselves warm in this cold weather, coffee was shared with ‘new’ colleagues as they got to know each other better.

It was clearly evident that officials enjoyed themselves on this very important day. But more importantly, people were put out of their comfort zones where they were faced with new challenges. Through a great amount of team work everyone was able to overcome any challenges that they faced in their new positions.  By putting themselves in other people’s shoes, they learnt to appreciate and respect each other’s jobs.

UBUHLEBEZWE RECEIVES A CLEAN AUDIT CERTIFICATE  2012/13

SALGA officials led by Mr S Gwala visited Ubuhlebezwe Municipality on the 3rd of June 2014 to officially hand over the Clean Audit Certificate to the Municipality. SALGA officials visited Ubuhlebezwe Municipality with the purpose of congratulating the Municipality on its achievement of a clean audit report from the Auditor General in the 2012/13 Financial year. This was also an opportunity for the Municipality to share its best practices for achieving a clean audit information that SALGA will include in its booklet and share with other Municipalities. The welcome address was done by His Worship, Cllr. Z.D Nxumalo. A detailed presentation was done by the chief financial officer taking the meeting through the journey towards the clean audit attainment and the commitment the Municipality has towards sustenance of the clean audit.

COUNCIL APPROVES 2014/15 BUDGET.

 

On the 29th of May a fully packed council of Ubuhlebezwe with relevant stakeholders including Cogta and Provincial Treasury approved the Budget for the 2014/15 financial year. The MFMA act states that the mayor of the municipality must table the Financial budget to Council 30 days before the beginning of a new financial year. The summary of the budget was presented by the mayor and is as follows:

Operational Budget

R114 652 473

Capital Budget

R40 020 000

`Total budget

R154 672 473

Ubuhlebezwe Municipality- Mayor’s Cup

Ubuhlebezwe Municipal Council in Session -27/03/2014

Councillors

Officials

Amakhosi

In attendance

TEAM BUILDING

Ubuhlebezwe recently had team building session for each department. departments broke away to various venues wherein they took part in specialized exercises aimed at building relations between officials and thereby resulting in optimal work outcomes. As part of our year plan for 2014/15 team building will also be rolled out to all leadership (councillors). We have no doubt this initiative shall have fruitful rewards especially in relation to service delivery.

MANAGEMENT

MUNICIPAL  MANAGER’S OFFICE

BUDGET AND TRESUARY OFFICE

CORPORATE SERVICES DEPARTMENT

MOTHER OF ALL TOURNAMENTS

UBUHLEBEZWE MUNICIPALITY  BUSINESS BREAKFAST

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