Welcome to the City of uMhlathuze. We are pleased to report back to the people we serve as representatives as to how far have we managed to change their lives for the better and what our City have contributed in moving South Africa forward. These are interesting times to report back and reflect as we celebrate 21 years since the inception of democratic order in line with values and principles of the freedom charter. This period, 2016 in particular also marks 16 years since the ushering of the local government era, which saw the amalgamation of the towns eMpangeni and Richards Bay, townships such as eSikhaleni, eNseleni, KwaDlangezwa, Ngwelezana, Mandlanzini and areas under the ambit of traditional leadership, KwaMadlebe, KwaMkhwanazi and KwaMthiyane to form what is now called The City of uMhlathuze. We promised to work together with the public in ensuring that we provide the necessary basic services to improve people’s lives. We were of course guided by our master plan the Integrated Development Plan which took queue from our vision; mission and we set targets for ourselves. We are proud to present this report card to you having achieved beyond our expectation in terms of delivering basic services in the last 21 years.
Our accolades are testament to working hard. We are the provincial and national champions in human settlement, we achieve three consecutive financial years, clean audits and the list is endless. As the City leadership, we are however cognisance of the fact that we still endure challenges in some areas such as poverty, unemployment and inequality, which are a national social ills. Ours is to focus mainly on strategies of growing the economy. It is our view that small, medium and micro enterprise must be at the forefront of this new wave supported by the City and private sector. We are on point in solidifying our base for black industrialists to emerge from our City. We are a City poised for economic growth, open for business and a well-oiled machine marching towards the realisation of the National Development Plan 2030. Thank you.