22 March 2023
uMgungundlovu District Municipality Political and Administrative Leadership together with Umgeni Water Management, held a meeting on Tuesday the 14th of March 2023 at the uMgeni Water Offices in Pietermaritzburg. The uMDM leadership was led by the Mayor of UMDM Cllr Mzi Zuma, the Speaker Cllr Nonhlanhla Gabela, Council Whip, Cllr Scelo Majozi, Acting Municipal Manager Mrs Nosipho Mkhize and Chief Financial Officer of the District, Mr Sipho Ndabandaba.
The Stakeholder Engagement meeting was based on developments that have occurred in water projects in Mphophomeni, the N3 Corridor, Vulindlela, Mpofana as well as other places that are within the jurisdiction of uMgungundlovu District.
The Mpofana bulk water supply project from Spring growth to Mooi River reservoir, that services the Bruntville area ,has been completed except the disinfecting part that has to take place. The District Mayor expressed how relieved they are as a District , to hear that there is progress on the project in Greater Mpofana, saying on how huge and significant this accomplishment is for the Municipality. The project in Impofana consists of The Construction of the Rosseta Water Treatment Plant and Bruntville Pipeline.
"As a District we are jubilant about the developments in all these projects, particularly the Vulindlela bulk water supply project, as it will create more job opportunities for Mpompomeni residents and neighboring areas (Haza,Chief, Nguga etc) and also increase the volume of water supply in these areas, " said councilor Mzi Zuma. Nxamalala added that there is a potential shareholder that will give a funding of R2, 2billion in commercial development to build waste water treatment plant in Hilton.
His worship expressed how important it is to follow the President's utterance, which is attending to community's basic needs, that includes the continuous supply of clean water and electricity to all citizens of this country, which he mentioned in his State of the Nation Address.
In closing, regarding projects that haven't had progress the Mayor expressed, “We should avoid everything that puts us at a coalition cost with our communities, as it is important for us as leaders to deliver exactly what they were promised the previous year.”.