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Mtubatuba mayor says previous administration’s nepotism is a thing of the past

The Mayor of Inkosi Mtubatuba Municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Verus Ncamphalala, has promised that the nepotism witnessed at the local government during the previous administration’s tenure before he took over the reins in September last year, is a thing of the past.

The mayor was on Saturday addressing local young people at a community hall in KwaMsane Township to give them an update on the municipality’s programmes that specifically target the youth.

Ncamphalala said the municipality’s budget set aside for local economic development was abused by the previous administration, with councillors buying gifts for their spouses.

Young people are now satisfied with the municipality under the current administration because it caters to their needs, Ncamphalala said.

The mayor urged young people to follow the municipality’s Facebook page – Inkosi Mtubatuba Municipality – and regularly visit its local offices to see the available opportunities either for employment or business, among others.

Ncamphalala stressed that the nepotism which was rife during the governance of the previous administration is a thing of the past because all the residents of Mtubatuba deserve equal opportunities.

It would be wrong to see his family working at or scoring business contracts with the municipality now that he is the mayor, Ncamphalala said.

It is up to young people to decide whether they want the current administration to continue delivering on its mandate of being servants of the people or they would rather see the previous leadership which prioritized service delivery along political affiliations return to the helm.

The mayor listed the following initiatives that have or will benefit local youth:

  • 600 beneficiaries of NQF Level 4 Computer Studies certificates
  • 40 beneficiaries of the driver’s licence programme
  • 30 NHBRC accredited certificates which were issued out with the assistance of the provincial department of economic development, tourism and environmental affairs
  • 41 beneficiaries of the municipality’s programme to pay students’ historical university debts
  • 20 beneficiaries of NQF Level 5 integrated development planning
  • 5  full bursaries for civil engineering students

The mayor said the municipality also has an incubation programme which assists young and women entrepreneurs to formalize and develop their businesses.

Ncamphalala said after the current administration took office last year, it ensured that when drafting the budget in February, the budget would respond to the needs of the municipality’s residents.

The Mayor underlined that Saturday’s programme was not a way of electioneering as those from the previous failed administration would have people believe, adding that when campaigning for the elections, which are to be held on 1 November, he does so in his capacity as an ANC member, dressed in that party’s regalia.

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