uMgungundlovu District Municipality and Santam Partnership

30 March 2023

uMgungundlovu District Municipality and Santam, a well renowned financial institution, today signed a Public Private Partnership on Fire and Disaster management Services. The UMDM delegation which was led by the Mayor, Cllr Mzi Zuma, comprised of the Deputy Mayor Cllr Sibongile Dlamini Mabaso, Chairperson of the Community Services Portfolio Committee, Cllr Sphe Zungu, Exco member Cllr Sibongile Mkhize, Councillors who are members of the portfolio Committee, Acting MM Ms Nosipho Mkhize and Acting HOD for Community Services, Dr Xolani Muthwa. The delegation of Santam was led by Senior Managers Mr Khoza and Dr Khangale. This Memorandum of Agreement that was signed today, marked a three year partnership between the two parties, which kicked off with fire services and disaster management equipment to the value of about a million rand, delivered to the District Municipality Santam will also be assisting with programmes to capacitate the disaster management unit to be able to deal effectively with floods, as the District is prone to floods, as well as climate change management programmes to assist the municipality in coping with demands of managing eventualities that occur as a result of climate change. In his address, Dr Khangale said they have worked with 82 Municipalities throughout the country, and last year they signed an MOA with eThekwini Municipality. He said "we are very encouraged by the cooperation that we are getting politically and administratively in this municipality. We are looking forward to a very successful partnership" In his address , the Mayor expressed his excitement about this partnership saying, "you know, it is one thing talking about Public Private Partnership, and many people can tell you so much from reading about it, but they have no experience of it, they have never touched it. Here we are experiencing Public Private partnership in action" He emphasized that this partnership will benefit all municipalities within the District, including Msunduzi, much to the delight of the leadership of Local Municipalities who were present. "Our District is mostly rural, and through this partnership, people in these rural areas will experience services that are up there in terms of quality", concluded Nxamalala. The event was concluded with a demonstration by Fire Services using the new equipment that they had received from SantamSantam Insurance

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