- Programme Director, Hon Cllr W. Mapena
- Honourable Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Hon Mr Sihle Zikalala,
- KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional
- Affairs, Hon Mr Sipho Hlomuka,
- SALGA President, Hon Cllr T. Nkadimeng,
- SALGA KZN Chairperson, Hon Cllr N. Mkhulisi
- SALGA CEO, Mr Xolile George,
- Chairperson of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders,
- Inkosi P. Chiliza,
- Mayors and Deputy Mayors,
- Fellow Councillors,
- Members of the South African Local Government Association,
- Heads of Departments,
- Municipal Managers,
- Distinguished guests,
- Ladies and gentlemen,
- All protocol observed,
It is my singular honour and humbling privilege to welcome all of you in general and the local government leadership and practitioners in particular, to this October SALGA Provincial Members Assembly, welcome to the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality and welcome to the Southern Drakensberg under the theme “ Engage, Influence and Inspire”, we are honoured to host the 2 day SALGA Provincial Members Assembly.
Programme Director let me begin my welcome address by informing you that our municipality is guided by our vision which is to be a well governed quality service provider.
The role of local government in promoting economic growth, job creation and alleviation of poverty has been explicitly articulated in almost every policy that the government of the day has formulated and adopted. The need for a strong leadership that will ensure that local government remains the centre of popular democratic participation in the delivery of services to all our people. As we celebrate 19 years of democratic Local Government, we take comfort in the progress we have made in building this sphere of government in a manner that is responsive to the needs of the people. The journey to ultimate development is still long. That is why it requires bold leadership that stands for honest service to the people. The world is changing rapidly, and at the same time, the world is in a constant state of instability with the fourth Industrial Revolution and globalization resulting in a similarity and commonality of experiences across the world. In this shift, local issues are assuming a global character, with developmental challenges that are no longer just the experience of developing nations.
In conclusion, I wish to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the leadership of SALGA for choosing this local municipality to host this Kwa-Zulu Natal Provincial Members Assembly. This is a fitting tribute to the leadership of this municipality who have worked tirelessly to create A Better Place For All.
I thank you