King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality convened a Strategic Planning Session with the aim to prepare and plan for the next financial year which is 2021 to 2022. One of the objectives of the session was to assess institutional performance, alignment of municipal plans with other development plans of government and identify new initiatives for resource mobilisation.

The 2-day gathering that kicked off from 16-17 March 2021 preceded by Mayoral Lekgotla whereby KSD Leadership deliberated on the objective of the strategic planning to provide guidance thereof.

Amongst the dignitaries that graced the event were the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Mr Oscar Mabuyane, MEC for Public Works, Mr Babalo Madikizela and Executive Mayor of OR Tambo District Municipality, Thokozile Sokhanyile and many more.

The Premier delivered a keynote address citing the importance of strategic planning as important platform to align municipal plans with plans of the province and national as set out in state of the province and national documents.

“These two documents have outlined key priorities that we have to focus on with the first priority being the ultimate defeat of COVID-19 pandemic and economic reconstruction and recovery as the second priority.” he said.

He further challenged the municipality to strengthen effort to improve the infrastructure in order to attract more business investments and tourism.

Significant inputs and discussions were made by the Municipality and various stakeholders that led to the development of Action Plan.  The plan focused on key areas such as Municipal Infrastructure Investment; Building Financial Viable Municipality; Promoting Economic Development; Sustaining Good Governance and Facilitating Social Development.

Closing the session, the Executive Mayor, Cllr Nyaniso Nelani said “The Municipality should take advantage of the District Development Model (DDM) and filter its plans so that they are in line with the DDM plan. Also, to take opportunity of the partnerships we have to mobilise much need resources to improve service delivery.”

He wrapped up by encouraging the political leadership and administration to put forth concerted efforts towards serving the community of KSD and taking the Municipality to the next level.

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