This day, 15 August 2017 will be a remarkable day at Mncwasa location, as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des van Rooyen together with Executive Mayor Cllr Samkelo Janda visited the area to assess the progress of an R10-million Mpame bridge project today.
The members of the community say they were compelled to use dangerous crude means to cross the local river to access different community services such as schools, hospitals, clinics, churches and other public amenities.
Following the intervention of CoGTA, the dreaded rainy season inconveniences will soon become a thing of the past as the new bridge is set to bring relief to villagers of Kwa Chezi; Manzibomvu; Mdikana; Mpame; Mncwasa; Ngileni; Mkhathazo and Manzamnyama who will now enjoy safe crossing to interact with one another and access important government services.
“We appreciate this initiative, as it will enable our people to access other community services, we are a municipality faced with serious service delivery infrastructure backlog which is far beyond the allocated budget, we are in dire need of this kind of support”. Said Executive Mayor Cllr Samkelo Janda.
On Sunday 13 August 2017 Mbhashe local municipality in partnership with AVEO construction and Sinekhaya Funeral directors held an indigenous horse race at Mangati location, Ward 09 – Dutywa.The honourable Mayor Cllr Samkelo Janda was in attendance on that chilly day.
He encouraged the part takers in the horse racing, urging them to nurture what they have started, so that it may reach greater heights, He further ensured them of the commitment that the municipality has towards supporting them in taking this forward.
Siseko Ntanta, the Director of AVEO construction said “This initiative is meant to organise youth, so that they may not end up engaging in criminal activities due to boredom” he further said that by this initiative, they also want to make a call to other emerging local business people, to adopt a culture of giving back to the society so that Mbhashe municipality may grow.
On Saturday 05 August 2017, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Ms Stella Ndabeni Abrahams in partnership with Mbashe Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Councillor Samkelo Janda, reached out to child headed households, elderly and disabled citizens. They conducted a community outreach programme at Colosa Village.
The Deputy Minister and the honourable Mayor visited two (2) households; Noweyitala Msweli who lives with her four grandchildren, sustained by old age grant and a child headed family of two twins, Esihle and Esona. These families were given cement so that their dilapidated structures could be repaired, groceries and television sets.
Furthermore, eight families were identified and were provided with paint to refurbish their houses, identified school children were provided with school uniform, sanitary towels, and general clothing and rugby kits.
This programme was part of the Nelson Mandela International Day initiatives. Celebrated annually on July 18, Mandela Day is a clarion call to action for people to recognise their ability to have a positive effect on others around them. The day inspires people to embrace the values that the late former president shared, and ultimately seeks to empower communities everywhere to “Take Action; Inspire Change; and Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”