In the wake of the change of management at Umngeni Municipality after the DA unseated the ANC in the recent local government elections, what are your top requirements from the new leadership?
Although the ANC was still the most popular party in SA and retains control of many municipalities, South African city and town dwellers also showed their dissatisfaction, voting for parties like the DA, EFF, ActionSA, FF-Plus and independents, hoping for change. For the first time in a democratic South Africa, the ANC’s support dipped below 50% overall.
In the past few years, SA citizens have grown increasingly disenchanted with service delivery, lack of running water, flushing toilets, poor and potholed roads, failing electricity supply, safety and security concerns, refuse not being removed and more.
What are the top 5 things you’d like to see implemented by local government? Comment in this web post below or on our Facebook page.
Change in Umngeni: Blue party claims hard-fought victory
As we have mentioned before, securing victory at the polls is just the beginning, now comes the hard work of governing and ensuring that residents get the services and communities they deserve.
Get things done
At a municipal level, while there is always the imperative to push for more equality, social justice and uplifting the poor (rightly so), another key aspect is making sure that things work and get done. The Umngeni leadership team of Mayor Chris Pappas, Deputy Mayor Sandile Mnikathi and Speaker-elect Janis Holmes have a big task ahead of them, to ensure all corners of Umngeni get proper services.