LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
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resident Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the local government elections will take place on Wednesday, 27 October 2021, this being the sixth time under South Africa’s democratic dispensation that voters will elect leadership and public representatives at metropolitan, district and local level. In this edition we look at the IEC’s initiative to evaluate the impact of Covid-19 on conditions conducive for the holding of free and fair elections. In an all clear, the City of uMhlathuze was given a clean audit 2019/20, after just missing it the previous year after a consecutive five-year-run, and the Front Cover Feature boasts of the city’s service delivery excellence despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19. As we aim to improve coherence and impact of government service delivery
Nardine Nelson Publisher & CEO Kweda Media & Communications
and do away with the fragmented approach of ‘operating in silos’, Municipal Focus looks at the District Development Model(DDM) and the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA's) role/mandate in providing technical support at district level. President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed to unlocking bottlenecks to fast track service delivery and by focusing on implementation at a district level, all three spheres of government can work together, with communities and stakeholders, to plan, budget and implement in unison. With the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and employment, our Youth Month focus showcases the socio-economic impact of SARAO in the Karoo, where their training interventions ensure that the youth are ably equipped, and greater educational benefits accrue to the
local communities. We also celebrate the achievements of the Harry Gwala DM that improved their matric pass rate and produced Thembelihle Tsengane (18), who ranked 2nd on the National Best Performers List and was among the top performers in the KZN Province. May, being Museum Month, we look at two of our iconic cultural attractions that are home to our history and legacies: IZIKO Museums & the Nelson Mandela Museum. Not only are they amazing attractions that warrant visitors from around the world but they play an integral role in preserving the history of our society. Museum exhibits tell us stories about how our nation, our communities and our cultures came to be and without them, those stories could be forgotten, indeed they are precious. This year has seen some relief as we geared towards level 1 COVID-19, but the battle it seems has not been won, we have communities, businesses and individuals reeling from the onslaught, and a new threat of the 3rd wave in some of our provinces. Our compassion and humanity in all our personal and business relations is required for our nation to get through this together. Enjoy the read and keep safe.
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