Traditional leaders who are within the boundaries of the eThekwini Municipality will now fully participate in the affairs and activities of the Municipality to fast-track service delivery.
 
The Municipality recently held a workshop with Amakhosi to discuss their role in the Municipality in accordance with the country’s constitution and relevant legislation.
 
Council Speaker, Councillor Logie Naidoo said the aim of the workshop was to create a healthy relationship between Amakhosi and the Municipality, as well as to ensure that Amakhosi understood their roles and responsibilities. He said there was a need for elected Councillors and traditional leaders to cooperate and complement each other in order to ensure that communities get the best service.
 
“Traditional leaders are an important component in bringing service delivery to the community. This is the best model is South Africa as traditional leaders are part and parcel of the Municipality. There should be a mutual cooperation between Councillors, traditional leaders and ward committees in order to ensure service delivery in every part of the Municipality,” said Naidoo.
 
He said traditional leaders should support the Municipality in the identification of community needs, facilitate the involvement of traditional communities in development and review of Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and promote indigenous knowledge system for sustainable development.
 
All the 17 traditional leaders in eThekwini will be divided accordingly so that they are able to participate in the Municipality’s portfolio committees. City Manager, Sibusiso Sithole said: “Traditional leaders should feel at home as there will be collaboration in all the activities of Council.”
 
The Chairperson of eThekwini Local House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Bhekisisa Felix Bhengu said traditional leaders were happy to participate in the Municipality. “This initiative will be a success if there is mutual relationship with all the parties involved,” he said.
 
For more information, contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820/ 0827317456 or email: Thabo1. Mofokeng@durban.gov.za
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. Contact Khaya Sengani on 031 311 4808/083 339 6065 or email: Khayelihle.Sengani@durban.gov.za.