Strategic planning session provides roadmap for the next five years

Captured during the strategic planning session are standing from left to right: Vhembe District Municipality Acting Executive Mayor, Cllr Olga Netshisaulu, Cllr Fistos Mafela (Musina Chief Whip), Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Council Speaker Gilbert Netshisaulu and Acting Municipal Manager Nathi Tshiwanammbi. Seated are senior traditional leaders, Thovhele Wilson Mutele, Thovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema, Thovhele Vudzidzhena Nethengwe and Thovhele Elon ManenzheCaptured during the strategic planning session are standing from left to right: Vhembe District Municipality Acting Executive Mayor, Cllr Olga Netshisaulu, Cllr Fistos Mafela (Musina Chief Whip), Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Council Speaker Gilbert Netshisaulu and Acting Municipal Manager Nathi Tshiwanammbi. Seated are senior traditional leaders, Thovhele Wilson Mutele, Thovhele Hanyani Tshikundamalema, Thovhele Vudzidzhena Nethengwe and Thovhele Elon Manenzhe

The achievements and challenges facing Musina Local Municipality were thoroughly discussed during a three-day strategic planning session which took place at Kariba Leisure Resort, outside Tzaneen.

When addressing councilors, senior traditional leaders, representatives of worker’s unions and the senior management of the municipality, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope said initiatives like the strategic planning session create the capacity for the municipality to be able to deliver the required services to the communities.    

Muhlope said: “By putting everything aside to attend the strategic planning session, we confirm our commitment to service delivery and furthermore, subscribe to the notion that proper planning yields positive results. The plans we are crafting here will take us through the next five years of our political term and we need to scrutinize them holistically to plan a better future for all the people of Musina. When our term ends as councilors, we must stand tall and brag that the strategic choices we made have played a meaningful role to push back the frontiers of poverty.”

She further added: “As local government, we still remain the implementing agent of government’s transformation and service delivery programs. We are here to prepare in order to realize the vision of a municipality that is performing and ultimately successful in all its required functional areas.   To realize this vision, we must build local democracy by developing strategies and mechanisms to continuously engage with our communities. This strategic planning session must provide an expression to these requirements.”

Despite some few challenges, Muhlope said she is happy that the municipality has achieved more in delivering better services to the communities. “The progress so far has generated positive response from our people out there. We urge communities to attend public participation meetings to be able to take part in the decision making processes of the municipality.”

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