Hundreds attend IDP and Budget Public Participation meeting

Photographed during the IDP and budget public participation meeting are seated from left to right: Headman Mikosi Nefolovhodwe of Muswodi, Headman Kenneth Nethengwe of Mukovhawabale, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope and Headman Mphalaleni Maranda of Gundani. Standing from left to right are Cllrs Fistos Mafela (Chief Whip), Rosina Mavhungu, Jeremia Khunwana, Gilbert Netshisaulu (Speaker) and Prince SakalaPhotographed during the IDP and budget public participation meeting are seated from left to right: Headman Mikosi Nefolovhodwe of Muswodi, Headman Kenneth Nethengwe of Mukovhawabale, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope and Headman Mphalaleni Maranda of Gundani. Standing from left to right are Cllrs Fistos Mafela (Chief Whip), Rosina Mavhungu, Jeremia Khunwana, Gilbert Netshisaulu (Speaker) and Prince Sakala

Hundreds of community members gathered at Mukowabale Primary School, near Muswodi to make inputs on the Musina Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan and Budget for the 2017/2018 financial year. Mukovhawabale village falls under ward 10 of Musina Municipality. This is part of Musina Municipality’s public participation in all wards prior to the start of the new financial year on 01 July 2017.

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

During the meeting which was led by Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, the municipality gave a report on its performance and plans for the new financial year. Muhlope says the municipality uses public participation activities 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 is using the activities in all wards as a unique participatory platform given its ability to foster active participatory and meaningful dialogue between council and communities. “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. We are happy because we have been joined by three traditional leaders in this meeting.”

Headman Mphalaleni Maranda of Gundani village commended Musina Municipality for inviting and taking the importance of traditional leaders into consideration. “We read in the newspapers and hear from the radio that other traditional leaders are always at loggerheads with their municipalities. This is a different story with Musina because we live in peace and harmony here. We can see that the municipality is addressing communication challenges by enabling traditional leaders to understand, negotiate and take part in decision-making that affects their communities.” 

 

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