State of the District Address

The State of the District Address took place on 03 June 2017 at Esikhaleni TVET College. The District Mayor's address is below:


03 JUNE 2017



Your Worships, the Mayors of the local municipalities

Honourable Speaker, Cllr KER Hadebe

Honourable Deputy Mayor, Cllr AH Mthembu,

Honourable Members of Exco and Councillors

Members of the Amakhosi

Distinguished guests from the corporate and business sector

Government department partners

King Cetshwayo District officials

Members of the media

Honoured guests


It is my honour and pleasure to present the 2017 State of the District Address for the King Cetshwayo District Municipality , the first under the new term of Council, which came into office in August 2016.


King Cetshwayo District Municipality is a high-performing municipality, with a sterling record of good governance, a stable leadership structure and a well-functioning Council and administration.

King Cetshwayo is now home to 917 135 citizens, according to the 2016 Stats SA Community Survey, with uMhlathuze having the highest population in the district.

We have five local municipalities, following the local government elections of August 2016. They are:

-       uMfolozi Municipality

-       City of uMhlathuze

-       uMlalazi Municipality

-       Mthonjaneni Municipality

-       Nkandla Municipality

I will start my address by reflecting on the achievements of the year that has passed, before sharing with you the vision and plans for the next financial year, 2017/2018.

Amongst the achievements I am most proud of is our fourth consecutive clean audit outcome from the Auditor-General of South Africa.  The King Cetshwayo District Municipality and its two entities have received clean audits for four consecutive years, 2012/2013; 2013/2014; 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.

The term started with the de-establishment of one of the previous six local municipalities in the district, Ntambanana Municipality. The smooth transition to incorporate Ntambanana into the municipalities of uMhlathuze, Mthonjaneni and uMfolozi was closely managed by the district-run Change Management Committee and it is another milestone achievement which I am proud of.

One of the key programmes being run by the office of the District Mayor is the marketing of the name change. The district recently underwent a name change from uThungulu District Municipality to King Cetshwayo District Municipality.

Other key achievements included:

-       The Zululand Chamber of Commerce and Industry held its annual Business Excellence Awards and celebrated its 90th anniversary on 27 October 2016.  King Cetshwayo District Municipality was the proud recipient of the award for Business Excellence in the Public Sector, which judged the organisation’s commitment to the implementation of the Batho Pele Principles. 

-       The signing of the Protocol Agreement with local Mayors in the district was a significant step towards the promotion of harmony and a unified approach to leadership of the King Cetshwayo Family of Municipalities.

-       The District also led the way in terms of sport upliftment, with the hosting of the 3rd annual 42km Marathon, which is a Comrades Qualifier. In October 2016 we hosted the District Elimination Games, where the local municipalities battled it out to be selected for the district squad that participated at the SALGA KZN Games at Ugu. The District achieved a noteworthy 3rd position in KZN at the SALGA Games.

-       The Department of Cooperative Governance held a Back to Basics launch in January and King Cetshwayo District Municipality won two significant awards. We shared the award for the Financial Viability key performance area in the CoGTA IDP Awards with Msunduzi Municipality. The district also featured in the Top 10 IDP'S in the province for the 10th consecutive year.

One of our focuses as the district is the issue of economic development, which will benefit all the people from our district including those in the rural area. We were proud to announce the selection of our Fresh Produce Market as a pilot RASET programme. Radical Agrarian Socio-Economic Transformation Model (RASET) is a vehicle that will ensure meaningful participation of PDIs in the food value chain. The district Fresh Produce market has been selected as a pilot project for the programme. The criterion used was the strategic location to eThekwini and King Cetshwayo and agriculture potential to complement the two districts.

The district is also facing an extended period of drought and communities are struggling to survive on water tanker deliveries and water shortages in many of our rural areas. We have worked tirelessly to introduce the interventions which we put in place to ensure the supply of water to the communities who depend on us for service delivery. These include the drilling of boreholes, spring protection in areas where natural springs exist, linking of weirs and small dams to larger reservoirs to supply small towns, and de-sludging of dams.

The district is further characterized by large infrastructure backlogs, particularly in respect of water and sanitation, mainly in the rural areas.  We have achieved phenomenal success in the eradication of our backlogs in the past 10 years.

In 2001 we had water backlogs of 81%. At the end of the 2012/2013 financial year, our backlogs had been reduced to 41%. In terms of sanitation, in 2001 we had backlogs of 89%. At the end of the 2015/2016 financial year, our backlogs had been reduced to 37%.

In three of our municipalities we have achieved 100% sanitation, and are currently only busy with infills, which refer to new homesteads that have sprung up after the initial planning was done.

During the past financial year the district has embarked on a number of programmes to improve the socio-economic conditions of our communities.

We believe that through education the youth can be freed from the bondage of ignorance, poverty, crime and unemployment. In terms of education we have done the following:

1.    We helped identify 45 youth that have been identified from King Cetshwayo District Municipality who were selected from Nkandla Municipality (wards 7 & 9) and uMhlathuze Municipality (wards 13 & 15) for the National Rural Youth Service Corp (Narysec) programme. The programme involves the recruitment and development of rural youth; and to enable them to perform community service in their own communities.

-       The programme consists of:
• Character development (e.g. discipline, patriotism, rights awareness)
• Life skills training (e.g. rights awareness)
• Skills development (construction, agriculture, disaster management, welding, electrical, records management, etc.)
• Practical training at workplace
• Soft skills (e.g. mentorship, basic budgeting, project management, enterprise development, etc.)
• Deployment to rural wards to participate in the social and economic development of rural areas

2.    The district has helped coordinate with the South African Council for Graduates Co-operative to identify graduates for internship. The SACGC is paying stipends to 50 TVET College and university graduates/students from our district. They will be placed in government departments for workplace training.

3.    Also, together with Transnet Group Chief of Operations Mr. Mlamuli Buthelezi, we did a handover in February 2017 to the Ntambanana and KwaMthethwa communities. They were provided with community upliftment programmes such as:

-          260 pair of school shoes and school bags for the orphaned and vulnerable children

-          Two multi-purpose sports centres in Obizo and Mzingazi primary schools

-          28 mobile libraries stocked with 7000 books for 5 primary schools in KwaMthethwa

-          1810 books to be donated to 5 high schools in KwaMthethwa

4.    In January we hosted the Top 100 Matric Achiever Awards with the Department of Education, where we also handed over 34 registration grants to needy Matriculants from the class of 2016.

-          We managed to also facilitate laptops and bursaries from RBM and Mondi for disadvantaged Matriculants in the Top 20 of 2016.

5.    During the past four months the district, through the leadership offices of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Speaker and Chief Whip, provided school uniforms to needy learners at schools in all of our local municipalities.

The global challenge of food security was also addressed in October 2016 at a community outreach programme. The project that we have implemented will enhance food security. We handed over 5 mobile kitchens, fridges and mobile toilets to identified entrepreneurs in the five local municipalities of the district. We also gave away 1000 chicks for poultry farming and 1000 butternut seedlings.

With these tools we are confident that they will be able to create thriving businesses in their localities. One step at a time, we are transforming the agricultural and local economic development sector, and ultimately hope to reduce the hungry in this district.

The event was also a means of raising awareness around food security, and to empower the community to grow food gardens and secure their own food sources.

In terms of water provision we have been working with the Department of Water and Sanitation to find innovative ways to combat the drought and its related water shortages. In this regard we are involved in the steering committee dealing with Tugela-Goedetrouw Transfer Scheme, which is a project to transfer water from the Tugela River to Goedetrouw Dam to alleviate the effects of the drought in our supply areas.

Last month DWS launched the sophisticated Desalination Plant at Richards Bay, which involves taking water from the sea, removing the salt, and supplying the water to our water users. The desalination plant is a key programme to alleviate the pressure on the conventional reticulation system from our dams.

Looking forward

I will now present the main projects on the district’s budget for 2017/2018.

As a sphere of government charged with creating a better district, we have to ensure that our budgets speak to transformation, equality and prosperity for our citizens.

Fiscal constraints caused by a rise in costs and the reduction in our revenue, required that all non-essentials were trimmed from the budget.

The Budget process applied by King Cetshwayo District Municipality is therefore one of prudency and affordability.

It is said that the budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of the values and aspirations of the people it will benefit.

It expresses the needs raised and identified during the IDP engagement process, and through public participation meetings, where the community communicated their service delivery challenges and aspirations.

We have a reduction in our Levy Replacement Grant for the incoming year due to funds being prioritised in favour of other government priorities.

In 2017/18, adjustments will be made to the levy replacement grant to redistribute funds to the 13 district municipalities currently receiving less than R40 million per year from this grant. The growth rates of the 10 district municipalities with the largest allocations are reduced to fund the increases to the other districts.

They will receive two-thirds of their original growth rate in 2017/18 and one-third of their original growth rate in 2018/19. Unfortunately King Cetshwayo DM is one of the top 10, and as a result there was a decrease in our Levy Replacement Grant.

This has impacted on our expected revenue from grants, and a number of other provincial grants have also been reduced from what we had anticipated. We have had to adjust our expenditure in line with this. 

The 2017/2018 budget is as follows:


2017/2018 Budget

Total Revenue

R 998m

Operational Budget (Excl. Depreciation

R 663m

Capital Budget

R 335m


R 998m


Our tariff increase for the 2017/2018 financial year is as follows:

Indigent consumers and consumers who use water conservatively will bear increases averaging 6%, however with the implementation of new stepped tariffs for the 2017/2018 year, consumers will be charged progressively higher tariffs as volumes increases.

Sanitation and Cemetery tariffs will increase by 10%. Solid waste tariffs will increase by 20% and Adhoc services by 10%.


•      Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone investments

•      Strategic Corridor Development Plan (N2 Corridor) 25 Years

•      uThungulu Fresh Produce Market

•      Agriculture Business Programme Development

•      P700 Road

•      Richards Bay Port Expansion

•      Richards Bay Airport

•      Formalisation of MzingaziNzalabantu

•      Nkandla Smart Growth Centre

•      John Ross Interchange

•      Upgrade and Expansion of Alkantstrand Beach

•      Forestry SA Partnership

•      Operation Phakisa – King Cetshwayo Maritime Strategy (Dept EDTEA)

•      Technology Hub

•      uMfolozi Industrial Development Node

•      Small Town Regeneration Program

Investment opportunities

DTI has earmarked the King Cetshwayo District as one of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) of South Africa to broaden the industrial development scope of the Region. The Richards Bay IDZ Company has prepared a 50-year Master Plan for the King Cetshwayo District. This includes billions of rands of signed investments, including liquefied natural gas, paint, chemicals and plastic industries. In the last financial year the RBIDZ has successfully attracted investment to the value of R2.34 Billion. With the previously signed investment of R4.56 Billion, this makes the RBIDZ to be the first IDZ in the country to sign seven investment projects to the total value of R6.89 billion within two years. The aim is to expanded Industrial development beyond the borders of Richards Bay to the remainder of the District. It will ensure Spatial Equity and employment opportunities in the Rural Areas of the District.

The Richards Bay National Ports Authority prepared a 30-year Port Expansion Plan for Richards Bay that will create economic spin-offs for the District in the future.

King Cetshwayo’s mandate is governed by its Integrated Development Plan, which has the following strategic thrusts:

Strategy 1: Municipal Transformation and Organizational Development – here we have worked hard to transform the workforce, through appointment of capable, skilled employees and a strong management team.

Strategy 2: Municipal Financial Viability and Management – The clean audit record and our healthy financial status speaks volumes in this regard.

Strategy 3: Good Governance and Public Participation – the district has a robust public participation programme to engage the community on all issues that require public comment. These include our engagement with Amakhosi, roadshows to review the IDP and budget and stakeholder engagement sessions.

Strategy 4: Infrastructure Development and Service Delivery – The lion’s share of our capital budget is allocated to service delivery and we are implementing the regional bulk scheme programme to link all areas to our water supply. I have also earlier highlighted our partnership with DWS on inter-municipal water supply projects.

Strategy 5: Basic Services Provision – The projects for this financial year will be discussed in detail shortly.

Strategy 6: Local Economic Development – The district has a comprehensive programme for SMME, Agriculture and Cooperative development. This will form part of the Economic Development Symposium which we are hosting on 7th June 2017 in Richards Bay.

Strategy 7: Sustainable Human Settlement & Land Management -  The SPLUMA Act regulates our land use management programme and we are extremely progressive in its implementation.

Strategy 8: Human Resource Development – The development of our staff is one of our greatest priorities and our staff undergo intensive training programmes to empower and enhance their capacity to serve the people.

Strategy 9: Rural Development & Food Security  - I have highlighted  some of the food security programmes we have undertaken and I will later on also present some projects under the Department of Rural Development that are planned for the district.

Strategy 10: Community Development & Social Services – the district has a range of marginalised and sector groups that we have helped form to enable the development of our various communities. These include the District AIDS Council, Senior Citizens’ Forum, Men’s Forum, Disability Forum and Youth Council, to mention a few. We also have an Arts & Culture wing that promotes heritage and culture issues.

Strategy 11: Environmental & Resource Management – We have an established Air Quality unit and environmental health division that assist businesses and the community to manage these matters.

Our IDP projects are aligned to these strategic thrusts mentioned. We are proud that we will be implementing service delivery initiatives that include the following:

-          District wide operational projects (Drought, boreholes) – R 34,6 million

-          Capital projects across the district (Tanker reduction, survival water projects) – R67,4 million

-          NKANDLA Municipality – Capital projects: R35 m

-          MTHONJANENI Municipality – Capital projects: R59 m

-          UMLALAZI  Municipality capital projects – R145 m

-          UMLALAZI OPERATIONAL PROJECTS (Sanitation) – R25 m

-          UMFOLOZI Municipality Capital projects: R17 m

-          UMFOLOZI OPERATIONAL projects (sanitation): R9,3 m

Some of the major planned projects include:




Estimated budget

Completion date

Umfolozi LM


Mbonambi water phase 2

R 15 000 000

June 2018

Umfolozi LM

Infills (1;3 & 4)

Mbonambi sanitation

R10 393 000

June 2017

Mthonjaneni LM

10 & 11

Greater Mthonjaneni SSA 5

R32 246 845

Jan 2018

Mlalazi LM



R 37 000 000

Dec 2018




Eshowe SS1

R 11 500 000

Jan 2019

Umlalazi LM

9 & 27

Kwahlokohloko SSA 1

R 6 675 900

Jan 2020









On a social and economic level, we are optimistic about the spin-offs that will come from hosting the SALGA KZN Games in our district in December 2017. We are the host district and we will see all the 10 districts and the metro participating in an average of 15 codes of sport.

This year we will also host two major sporting events on our annual calendar, which are the King Cetshwayo 42km Marathon, and the Mayoral Cup.

Provincial projects

In our engagements with the provincial government during our IDP stakeholder sessions, we have identified a number of projects that will benefit the people of our district, which I will share with you.

-          The Department of Education will be implementing construction and new assets at two schools, which are Mdombolo Primary School at Nkandla, and Richem Secondary School in uMhathuze. 

-          The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will spend R11m on Food security projects such as indigenous goats, mushrooms, fruit trees, One Home One Garden, community gardens and seedlings. They will also establish commercial poultry and vegetable projects worth millions of rands in the five local municipalities. In addition the department has Landcare projects where about R4,5mwill be spent in fencing and alien plant control at Nkandla, uMhlathuze and Mthonjaneni. The department has also budgeted over R4million for dam and borehole rehabilitation projects for Livestock watering.

-          The Department of Health will be conducting renovations to various hospitals and clinics in the district to enhance the services at our medical facilities. The significant projects include renovations to Ngwelezane Hospital as follows: a security upgrade, a new 8-theatre block (which will be a centre for a variety of medical procedures) and a New Entrance and Parking, Regional laundry, Regional Training and Meeting Facilities.

Poet Maya Angelou once said: I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

It is important that our people, even when receiving services from government, are treated with compassion, courtesy and respect. The Principles of Batho Pele dictate that we as government put our People First. It is our mission this year to make the people of this district not just see service delivery at work, but feel the benefits of such services in their daily lives.

In ensuring that we provide better services to people the National Government has redirected us to go back to basics which mean that for us to better service the people we will focus more on doing the following

1.   We will put people first by constantly listening and communicating with them.

2.   Providing adequate community orientated services.

3.   Ensuring that we provide clean governance and transparent administration.

4.   Providing sound financial management and accounting.

5.   Ensuring that we have robust institutions with skilled and capable staff.

We aims to ensure that our activities have been structured along the lines of back to basics.

In conclusion,

I wish to extend my deep appreciation to the Municipal Manager, the Deputy Municipal Managers of the various departments and the entire staff complement, for their dedication, hard work and loyalty to the organization.

The success and achievements of the past financial year is a culmination of our joint efforts and careful planning, and it would not be possible without the contribution of each and every one of you

I wish to also convey my sincere gratitude to the District House of Traditional Leaders, members of the national and provincial government and our Local Municipalities in the King Cetshwayo family, for your support and cooperation as we walk together to fulfill the principles of the Freedom Charter and to provide services to our people.

I also express my appreciation to our Deputy Mayor, Speaker, Exco members and members of Council for their leadership, guidance and oversight over the activities of this district.

I finally thank the people of this wonderful district for your confidence in this leadership and for your patience as we strive to improve your lives.

Siyabonga /Thank you

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