Municipality engages with rural communities

Mayor Mihloti Muhlope addresses community members and representatives of stakeholders during the Mayoral Imbizo at Mukovhawabale villageMayor Mihloti Muhlope addresses community members and representatives of stakeholders during the Mayoral Imbizo at Mukovhawabale village

Water and power supply challenges, damaged roads and high unemployment rate were some of the major issues raised during the Musina Mayoral Imbizo that was held at Mokovhawabale village, near Muswodi.  Mukovhawable falls under Ward 11 of Musina Municipality and it is one of the villages that were inherited from the defunct Mutale Municipality.

The event served as part of deepening democracy and public participation in government decision-making processes where ordinary community members are given an opportunity to interact with their elected political representatives and administrators.

During the event, community members were also thrilled to receive government services at their doorstep. These include services from the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta), Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Department of Home Affairs, Department of Health, SASSA, Department of Communications, Road Accident Fund and the Department of Education.

Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope says the municipality uses Imbizos as a two-way platform of sharing information that demonstrates responsiveness to the needs of the people. “This is a basis for sustained dialogue between government and people and a mechanism for fact-finding by government to align services with the needs of the people. This assists us in realizing an efficient, effective development orientated public service and empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship through a well-functioning communication system that also proactively informs and engages the public about what the government is doing to improve their lives.”

She said the municipality used the event as a unique participatory platform given its ability to foster active participatory and meaningful dialogue between her council and communities. “It is important to demonstrate to our people that all three spheres of government work together to make sure that the much needed services are delivered to ordinary people in the streets. Government has introduced a variety of platforms in an effort to consolidate, monitor and respond swiftly to public concerns – and this is just one of them. The people have elected us and gave us the mandate to work for them and this is the opportunity to report back to them how far we have gone in addressing their needs.”

Mayor Muhlope, her councillors and administrators promised community members that all the issues raised will be attended to as a matter of urgency. 

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