Newcastle Mayor, Makhosini Nkosi, welcomes 2018
With the school holidays having come to an end, and business officially resuming, the New Year promises to be one of growth and development.
As businesses began focusing on achieving their targets, Newcastle Municipality is setting its sights on seeing Newcastle flourish.
“While we inherited a municipality facing financial difficulty, we are working hard on improving its financial standing, as well as balancing the interests of the private and business sectors,” said Cllr Nkosi.
Through finding the right balance and putting a positive strategy into place, the Newcastle Municipality can be harnessed to achieve greatness.
“I believe the municipality will maintain a positive audit outcome, and with the appointment of the new Chief Financial Officer, things will improve.”
While focusing on improving the financial status of the municipality, Cllr Nkosi said one of the areas the municipality would be addressing would be water and sanitation.
The Newcastle Municipality will not only be addressing its financial status.
In fact, it will be upgrading service delivery to Newcastle.
“As I have always said, water and sanitation issues are giving us problems in both Newcastle East and West.”
While Newcastle West faced issues of burst pipes and water leaks, Newcastle East residents faced more difficult problems in that it had no storage reservoirs.
“We are hoping to improve infrastructure, which will be costly but with government grants, we will be able to consider a storage facility.”
Crime will also be addressed, as Newcastle Municipality looks at working with the relevant stakeholders in town.
By-laws will also be put into place to minimise crime.
Be sure to read the Newcastle Mayor, Makhosini Nkosi’s full vision for Newcastle in the Newcastillian on February 14.