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Destitues to benefit from a housing programme


Elliotdale Unit manager,the acting Mayor and officials from Mbhashe and Department of Human Settlements



The lives of destitute families from Mbhashe Municipality from Elliotdale will change for the better as they will see their new homes being built.Following the intervention of the Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa after there was an outcry from Emadwaleni community members to assist these families as they were living in appalling conditions.
MEC Xasa swung into action by approaching the provincial Department of Human Setttlements (DHS) as most of these destitute families residing from Mwana, Hlakothi, Mdizeni, Njizeni and Sidelweni locations were living in dilapidated mud-houses and mostly depended on government grants.
Since then, the provincial department of cooperative governance, human settlements working hand-in-hand with municipality had vowed to do everything in its power to build the families proper houses.
Speaking during a site handover ceremony, Mvanokazi Galela who is the provincial human settlement project manager said the housing programme is championed by the DHS working together Mbhashe Municipality to ensure that these destitute families will have a decent roof over their heads.
“As we’re all aware that it is not an easy process for government to build houses but this was an exceptional case for these families as they dearly needed to be assisted. With the help of CHS developments, a prominent construction company in the country, the department will see to it that 30 two-bedroom fully-furnished houses with kitchens and leaving room areas have been built for all these families” added Galela.
With excitement written all over their faces the beneficiaries cheered and clapped their hands every time Galela tried to paint a clear picture of how the the two-bedroom fully-furnished house will look like.
Zamile Mchithi, 25, who is one of the benefiaries of the yet to be built homes whose parents passed away about 15 years ago has been living with three of his siblings in a muddy dilapidated rondavel and a small flat.
Unable to contain his excitement the young man said “I am very happy and truly grateful to our community that we’ll finally have a decent house which we’ll call a home. Ever since our parents passed away my older siblings have been struggling to build us a new home”.
Speaking on behalf of the Executive Mayor, Corporate Services Portfolio Head Nolumanyano Ngomthi said the municipality is committed to ensuring that the lives of the poverty stricken rural communities are improved through service delivery projects.

Furthermore, she assured other beneficiaries of the initial project of building houses in Elliotdale will pick up from where it left but for now people must be patient as funds are being put together.
Completion for the construction of the 30 houses is expected to be around the end of March whilst the handover to be in April.

Nelson Mandela Centenary

This year South Africa marks 28 years since former President Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He was released on 11 February 1990 after spending 27 years in prison. Upon his release, he was welcomed by hundreds of supporters outside the Victor-Verster prison and made his way to Cape Town’s City Hall where he addressed a crowd of about 50 000 people.

 The release of Madiba also marked the start of the negotiations to end apartheid and was the first step towards building a country founded on the principles of constitutionalism. To commemorate the 28th anniversary of Madiba’s release, government will host an event in Cape Town to remind South Africans of the ideals Madiba stood for and for which he was “prepared to die for”. The event will also be used to encourage residents of Western Cape to reduce their water usage as the city is facing severe drought.

 Other provinces that are facing drought include the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, as well as some parts of the Free State and Kwazulu-Natal.The 28th anniversary takes place during the year in which former President Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 years on 18 July 2018. The centenary will be used to celebrate the life of a selfless leader, and a struggle stalwart whose ethos and values inspired many people around the world to join the fight against any injustices wherever they occurred.

 The centenary which will be held under the theme “Be the legacy”, will extend across the continent and the globe as the former President was one of the world’s most revered statesmen. He was a central figure in the struggle for liberation from the unjust apartheid system to an inclusive democracy.

 The 100 year anniversary is also an opportunity to recommit ourselves to living the legacy of Madiba. Throughout his life Madiba inspired people, and his legacy continues to guide us on our path to move our country forward. He showed us that love can conquer hate and that we should help those who are less fortunate in our communities.


Back to school 2018


Students of 2018, you are encouraged to show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and elders; and put in the hard work required of you to succeed.
You are all responsible for your future, you can either make it or break it through your choices regarding education, that’s the opportunity education can provide.
Your greatest enemy, greater weakness and the strongest weapon for your success is your choices. The same enemy that controls the minds of our youth and perpetuate them to use alcohol and drugs.
The other enemy is ignorance, yes ignorance! Which results to lack of passion for education

When you return to your classes, think of these points:
Education starts by changing one person’s life, and ends up changing the world.
The only real failure in life is the failure to try.
Never give up trying to fulfil your dreams and ideas.
In the end everyone who tries will succeed, and if you haven’t succeeded, then you have not reached the end.
Always proud of who you are and what you have already achieved so far.
Keep moving ahead and set your goals high.
Believe in yourself.
Leaners of 2018 lets strive to save Africa, lets strive to re-build Africa, and secure Africa’s future with Education, by Going back to school!


The Transnet Phelophepa Health Care Train will be visiting Dutywa from the 5th of March up to the 16th of March 2018 and will be stationed at Dutywa Train station . Phelophepa offers affordable and quality Primary Health Care Services to the community. It complements the services offered by the Department of Health.
From 5th of March up to the 16th of March, community members of Mbhashe Municipality are encouraged to visit the Train which will be stationed Dutywa statition. The Phelophepa has 4 clinics and they will offer the following services;
Dental clinic
Screening and education – free
Extractions, fillings and cleanings (no false teeth)
Each procedures = R10,
All procedures for children under the age of 15= free

Eye Clinic
Eye Test = Free
All glasses = R30
Eye drops = R5
No operations or bifocals

Health Care Clinic
Health education = free
• Cancer and diabetes Edu-care
Diabetic screenings and cancer education = Free
Pap smears and prostate and breast screenings =Free
Medicine = R5 per prescription

Psychology Clinic
Our services are available to individuals, and include workshops to help cope with stress, abuse, conflict, death, parenting, discipline, empowerment and working through emotions
These services are Free

We work on a first come first serve basis and we want to encourage our community to start coming on the 5th of March and not wait until the last two days when it gets full. Thank you for your continued support!
For any enquiries phone Zingisa Sofayiya on 063 821 1723/Zozibini Adonis 072 470 4604

Mbhashe law enforcement officers on a crime and violence prevention mission

Three culprits who ambushed a young boy


Three young men were arrested for allegedly ambushing a young boy at Mboya location in Willowvale. These suspects used a Phanga to cut the boy’s hand . They will appear in court for further questioning .  Mbhashe Law enforcement officers are on a mission to ensure that our municipality is a safe and crime free area .

We call upon all residents of Mbhashe Local Municipality to report any unlawful practises taking place in their communities ,we will ensure their safety by keeping their anonymity . Safety and Security is everyone’s responsibility .Mbhashe resident’s cooperation will help us to accomplish our crime and violence prevention mission .In order for this initiative to work effectively ,each one of us should leverage their own effort to contribute to our common goal of safety .

Human dignity restored

The dilapidated hut they were living in


Executive Mayor S.Janda


The Executive Mayor of Mbhashe Local Municipality Samkelo Janda together with the officials from the Department of Human Settlements paid a visit to the Deliwe family at Mahasana to handover a temporary structure. The structure will bring relief to the Deliwes who have been living in an open  dilapidated structure.

A bed,blankets and food parcels from local business people and community members were also handed over to this family of three, who refused to leave their home despite the condition .Joyfulness  and appreciation was written all over their faces on this day .

Mbhashe Tenza Beach Music Festival 2017


Other runners at the finishing line

The Executive Mayor at the finishing Line


As part of promoting and marketing the coastal tourism and oceans economy, Mbhashe hosted a half marathon, walk and music festival on the 22 December.

With heavy showers pouring at Tenza beach yesterday, beach goers and music lovers from Willowvale did not deter from attending what’s deemed as Willowvale’s most attended biggest event, The Tenza Beach Music Festival. Tenza beach has also been piloted for blue flag status.

“The primary objective for this kind of an event is marketing Mbhashe as a tourist destination and a place to go to” said Cllr Janda, the Executive Mayor of Mbhashe local municipality.

Amongst other objectives for the event was mobilization of small enterprises to take advantage of festive season by marketing their products thus developing the local economy.

This annual music festival yet again did not disappoint its crowd. Hundreds of people the young and old, made their way to Tenza beach dressed in their cool summer clothing with cooler boxes on hand for a whole day of fun.

In the morning a 21 km, 10km and 5km race took place where the Executive Mayor of Mbhashe, Cllr Samkelo Janda together with athletes from around Mbhashe and nearby towns partook in the races. The marathon was aimed at achieving social cohesion and promotion of healthy life styles. Soon after the races were completed people started congregating at Tenza Beach where the stage was set and they danced and sang along to their favourite songs .

Renowned Afro-pop singer Vusi Nova with the boy band 047, Janele, TZK, Poet Joloza and Maweleleni crew were amongst those who performed at the event. “

The festival has not only brought entertainment to Mbhashe, but it has also enhanced the local businesses and SMMES as it has created many business opportunities.

e LM hosts Vusi Nova at Tenza Beach Music Festival