MAYOR PHINDILE FAXI
THE holiday season is upon us!
It is with great pleasure and humility I welcome visitors to our shores. I also wish those of us who will be traveling at this time, whether by car, aeroplane, taxi, bus or boat the best of love and human kindness wherever they go.
While we celebrate the festive season we do so with heavy hearts as we mourn the sudden death of Howard Dredge, who was the director of finance at the municipality. He passed away on Friday December 15 and his memorial service will be on Friday December 22. Since his passing away our offices have received messages of sorrow and support across the municipality and beyond. His departure was quick, shocking and distressful as we were expecting him to recover and return to work. We will remember him as a kind and warm-hearted mentor who gave freely his time, advice and expertise to both municipal officials and politicians.
This year the municipality reviewed its strategic plan, Vision 2030. This effort was based on the collective voices of council, staff, residents and community leaders. The plan highlights specific actions the municipality will take to enhance economic vitality and innovation to ensure high quality and care for all citizens. With an ambitious vision, exciting new initiatives and passionate community partners, Ndlambe Municipality continues to make great strides in shaping our towns.
Earlier this year we were identified as one of six municipalities to partner up with municipalities in Canada. Ndlambe partnered up with Ottaway, Canada and a delegation arrived towards the end of November to discuss local economic development (LED) and climate change that forms part of the critical components of the project. Recycling has been identified as a project that will enhance poverty alleviation, job creation and cleaner environment also pressure off the landfill sites. In January next year a delegation from Ndlambe will be going over to Ottawa to share ideas, gain experience and strengthen partnerships.
Further, in addition to its scenic beauty, our municipality is endowed with two Blue Flag status beaches with immense economic benefits. Our visitors are therefore assured of a better quality environment, quality bathing water as well as safety and security (lifeguards). There are two full Blue Flag status beaches namely: Kelly’s beach in Port Alfred (13th consecutive season) and Kariega Main Beach in Kenton-on-Sea (9th consecutive season) and a pilot Blue Flag site at Middle Beach in Kenton.
God bless one and all and your families and have a very Merry Christmas and may all your dreams and aspirations in 2018 come true.
The issue of the annual music festival was a hotly debated and thorny and decisive issue. A section of the population felt that their rights have been compromised as they complained about the noise levels, excessive public drinking and poor attendance. It is our intention that this year’s festival will be organised without compromise for its intended purpose, namely youth upliftment, economic development, marketing and branding of Ndlambe Municipality.
After several months of spirited campaigning and speculation as to who would ultimately become the president of the governing party, it is indeed fitting to congratulate the Deputy President of the country Cyril Ramaphosa for ascending to the throne. The rand was stronger on the likelihood that he would win the conference and immediately firmed by almost 4% against the dollar when he eventually got elected as the leader. We should therefore all of us be filled with optimism and absolute determination to seize the moment, work together stabilise the country and grow the economy.
For quite some time now, our area has been plagued by a relentless green drought and as a result our dam levels are extremely low. We are therefore appealing to residents and visitors alike to continuously reduce water consumption in accordance with the water restrictions we imposed.
We are expecting visitors in large numbers from all walks of life to be visiting our area, the “Heart of the Sunshine Coast” and we plea to one and all to enjoy themselves but also act responsibly and obey the rules of Ndlambe and our country.
God bless one and all and your families and have a very Merry Christmas and may all your dreams and aspirations in 2018 come true. Hope to see you all on our beaches and rivers. When travelling home please do so safely we would love to see you again next year.