Elderly Now have an Active Voice in uMfolozi

A brand new Committee for senior citizens elected its members at the uMfolozi Municipal Council chambers on Wednesday, 27 February 2019.

The Senior Citizens Committee will give the elderly within uMfolozi a voice to advocate for their specific needs. It is essential that the elderly have an organised structure that will develop and implement programmes and activities that are for their benefit which include, health, safety and the welfare of the elderly within the community.

This will also assist the elderly to maintain a close relationship with the Municipality.

The proceedings were officiated by the Sports, Arts and Culture Officer, Mr GK Nkosi and Ms S Zungu from King Cetshwayo District Municipality.

Senior Citizens who are 60 years of age and above, who reside within uMfolozi Local Municipality jurisdiction are considered.

The Elected Committee:

  • Chairperson: Ms Vilakazi
  • Deputy Chairperson: Ms D Mthethwa
  • Secretary: Mr F Mchunu
  • Deputy Secretary: Ms Ntshangase

Additional Members:

  • Ms F Mafuleka
  • Ms C Zikhali
  • Mr Z Mfekayi
  • Ms G Ntenga
  • Ms S Mhlongo
  • Ps Nene

Service Delivery and Infrastructure Projects Handover in uMfolozi

Various service delivery and infrastructure project across the uMfolozi Municipality where handed over to communities by Council and Municipal Officials.

Kepeza Creche Handover – Ward 5

uMfolozi Local Municipality believes that it is important to equip each child with a quality foundation phase education in order to ensure that all children uMfolozi have a chance of a
better life. It was then resolved that each Ward in the Municipality must have centres for Early Childhood Development (ECD).

uMfolozi Cllrs and Management led by Deputy Mayor and Cllr SR Thabethe and Speaker of Council Cllr ZD Mfusi with the children from Kepeza Creche during the handing over of Kepeza creche in ward 5.














Ward 5 Cllr EBZ Mbhele during the handing over of Kepeza Creche

Ekupheleni High School – School Shoe Handover – Ward 11

His Worship the Mayor of uMfolozi Municipality Cllr Smangaliso Mgenge handed over 200 school shoes at Ekupheleni High School.

His Worship the Mayor urged the learners to focus on their education so that they can have a brighter future. Mayor Mgenge promised the learners that he will bring 300 school uniform
before June 2019. Deputy Mayor Cllr Smangele Thabethe pledged to bring sanitary towels to all the girls in this school.

Mayor Mgenge firmly believes that no child should not attend school because there are lacking in school essentials such as shoes and uniforms.

His Worship the Mayor of Cllr SW Mgenge and Deputy Mayor Cllr SR Thabethe with one of the beneficiaries at Ekupheleni High School in Ward 11












Ezidonini Multi-Purpose Community Centre Handover – Ward 2

Deputy Mayor Cllr Smangele Thabethe addressing the community during the handing over of Ezidonini MPCC in Ward 2
























uMfolozi Municipality Councillors and Management led by Deputy Mayor Cllr SR Thabethe handing over Ezidonini MPCC in ward 2.













UMfolozi Municipality Deputy Mayor Cllr SR Thabethe handed over Koko Access Road to the Community of Ward 3

The upgrade of rural roads is critical towards allowing adequate access to people in rural communities.

Roads are a key element in the provision of safe physical access to education, healthcare and other social services that are needed for any community to flourish.

This is why the uMfolozi Municipality has taken a decision to upgrade access roads and sidewalks within the municipality. This will, in turn, spur economic growth by ensuring easy access to the community.

Cllr SP Mpanza, Cllr NT Mthiyane, Deputy Mayor Cllr SR Thabethe, Cllr ZG Mcineka, MR TV Xulu Chief Operations Officer and Ward Committee members

Community members who attended the Koko Access Road handover.









Nhlabane and Mbonambi Clinics Welcome Donated Generators

Generators were officially handed over to the Nhlabane and Mbonambi Clinic by the uMfolozi Municipality, Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), Department of Health and Mbonambi Traditional Authority.

The interruptions of critical healthcare services due to power failures such as load shedding will now be a thing of the past for patients and staff in both clinics.

The Clinics operate on a 24-hour basis and need lights to be on at all times, in order to serve the rural communities.

Provincial Department of Health, Primary Healthcare Manager, Gcina Radebe, welcomed the donation of the generators and said it is critical for a clinic to have power in order to operate efficiently and save lives.

Radebe also said the Department of Health, through the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI), aims to transform public clinics by ensuring they are fully equipped.

uMfolozi Driver License Testing Centre to open soon

uMfolozi Local Municipality and Richards Bay Minerals have embarked on an important project of building a Driver’s License Testing Centre in uMfolozi with its focus on prioritising the community by bringing essential government services closer to the people.

Once opened the Testing Centre will render the following services:

  • Renewal and issuing of driver licences
  • Temporary drivers licences
  • Issuing of learners licences.

The centre is situated at the kwaMbonambi Industrial Zone next to the Slovo Township.

His Worship the Mayor Cllr Smangaliso Mgenge said the Testing Centre is currently 60% complete.

“Aside from bringing needed service closer to the people, the Testing Centre will also be revenue based for our Local Municipality which will assist us in creating job opportunities for our residents,” said the Mayor.

The Testing Centre will also be a national agency and will allow people to pay for their fines in uMfolozi.

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uMfolozi Honours High Achieving Matriculants

High achieving 2018 matriculants and schools were honoured at the uMfolozi Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony was held on Friday, 25 January 2019 at the Municipal Hall.  

Fifty-five deserving matriculants were awarded registration bursaries to register at any higher tertiary institution of their choice in South Africa. The top 10 matriculants were further awarded laptops, certificates and trophies. The top 10 high performing schools were awarded printers, trophies and certificates for their commitment to producing quality education in uMfolozi.

His Worship the Mayor Cllr Smangaliso Mgenge said the Municipality aims to play a positive role in the lives of the people living in uMfolozi.

“We need to help learners to change their lives and those of their families for the better through education. By doing that they will be able to come back and make valuable differences within their communities,” said Mayor Mgenge.

King Cetshwayo District Municipality Mayor Cllr Nonhle Mkhulisi encouraged the learners to focus on their education.

Mayor Mkhulisi further emphasised that the awards ceremony is an event to celebrate the good work that was done by the matriculants and schools.  

Her Worship Mkhulisi urged the learners to remain responsible citizens and to not be distracted as they start their tertiary education journey.

The awards ceremony was also attended by Member of Parliament Ms Nocawe Mafu, His Worship the Mayor of uMfolozi Cllr SW Mgenge, uMfolozi Deputy Mayor Cllr SR Thabethe, school principals, circuit managers, teachers, Councillors and NYDA Deputy Chairperson Ms BV Hlongwa.

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Member of Parliament Ms Nocawe Mafu, His Worship the Mayor of uMfolozi Cllr SW Mgenge, uMfolozi Deputy Mayor Cllr SR Thabethe, Her Worship the Mayor of King Cetshwayo District Cllr NNP Mkhulisi together with the top matric achievers and school principals and teachers.











King Cetshwayo District Municipality Mayor Cllr Nonhle Mkhulisi at the Matric Excellence Awards Ceremony.