Gert Sibande District Municipality together with Mkhondo Local Municipality spent most of the
day on Tuesday 28 August 2018 engaging with various community centres, schools and
businesses of Saul Mkhizeville ahead of the “Taking Council to the People” programme
which took place in Saul Mkhizeville on Wednesday 29 August 2018.
1. Led by Gert Sibande District Municipal Executive Mayor, Cllr Muzi Chirwa, the
Dingukwazi, Sanele, Zenzele and Mabilisa Day Care Centres were visited and all
received donations of 10 blankets each.
2. The Qalani, Qedela, Cabangani, and Sakhisizwe Schools received a motivational talk
from the Executive Mayor as he encouraged learners to learn from the life of Tata
Mandela, who regardless of his poor family background focussed on education as his
tool for a better life. The schools received a donation of 100 school uniforms and sanitary
towels in line with the centenary year of Tata Madiba and Mama Sisulu.
3. The brigade also paid a visit at Saul Mkhizeville old age centre where the elderly people
were also donated fifty (50) blankets.
4. The “Busy Corner Car Wash” small business also received support in the form of Jet
Spray, hoover machinery and washing materials.
GSDM was honoured to be joined by Gogo Mkhize, wife to late struggle icon Saul Mkhize, as
part of the delegation.
Gert Sibande District Leadership further engaged on a visit to the Amsterdam Bulk Water
Supply Scheme which is aimed at increasing the potable water supply to communities in
Amsterdam and KwaThandeka areas. This scheme will entail the provision of the required new
bulk infrastructure and refurbishment of existing infrastructure and will inter alia include rising
mains, pump stations, Water Treatment Works and storage facilities. The scheme is intended to
service the current population of 14728 which is projected to increase to 19837 by year 2034.
Oversight visits to projects such as Mkhondo cemetery and the market stalls in Mkhondo Local
Municipality were also conducted by GSDM.
On Wednesday 29 August 2018, the community of Saul Mkhizeville gathered at the community
hall to observe the proceedings of the Council sitting which was dedicated to the late Saul
Mkhize. This was done in order to give the public, especially those in rural areas, first-hand
experience on what Council sittings are about.
These activities are a commitment to the #Thuma Mina campaign launched by the State
President during the SONA 2018.THE