Mayor continues to engage traditional leaders

Thovhele Vuzidzhena Nethengwe (left) discusses service delivery issues with Mayor Mihloti Muhlope during their meeting at ThengweThovhele Vuzidzhena Nethengwe (left) discusses service delivery issues with Mayor Mihloti Muhlope during their meeting at Thengwe

Several issues pertaining service delivery were discussed during the meeting between Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope and senior traditional leader, Thovhele Vuzidzhena Nethengwe of Thengwe dynasty. The meeting took place at Thengwe Royal House, outside Tshilamba.

Muhlope was accompanied by Council Speaker, Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu and Council Executive Committee member, Cllr Siyaphi Shirilele. The visit forms part of the mayor’s mission to interact with traditional leaders who have been included into the new demarcation boundaries of Musina.

Thovhele Nethengwe is one of the five senior traditional leaders who were officially allocated seats in the council of Musina Municipality, giving them same powers to participate in council meetings like councilors. The other senior traditional leaders allocated seats are Chiefs Hanyani Tshikundamalema, Avhatendi Rambuda, William Mutele and Elon Manenzhe. Prior to August 3, Musina did not have any traditional leader officially seating and participating in council. Following the new demarcation and disestablishment of Mutale, the municipality inherited approximately 50 villages to form part of Musina. 

Thovhele Nethengwe said it was an honour for him to have been visited by the delegation from Musina Municipality. “This is a clear indication that the municipality takes traditional leadership very seriously. Our tradition also dictates that no one can bring development in our land without introducing themselves to the traditional leaders. This is the beginning of a good working relationship which will benefit both the municipality and our traditional council.”

Muhlope said the visit has paved a way to create a platform for the municipality to engage traditional leaders on issues related to service delivery. “Traditional leaders are one of our main stakeholders because a huge land in our municipality belongs to them. It is important to take them on board so that we can have a common understanding on community development initiatives. The fact that we have allocated them seats in our council is a clear indication that we are ready to work with them.”

Muhlope said the municipality aims to address communication challenges by enabling traditional leaders to understand, negotiate and take part in decision-making that affects their communities. “Communication is a key tool for development and social change, especially in a municipality with a lot of rural villages and farms like ours.” 

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