ETHEKWINI Municipality is reaping the rewards for excellent service delivery. The City scooped four awards this month, three at the KwaZulu-Natal Municipal Excellence Awards and one at the PMR Africa Awards.

The Municipal Excellence Awards seeks to recognise excellence in municipal practices that improve administration and service delivery.

MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube said: “We are recognising the municipalities who enhanced development.”

Mayor James Nxumalo walked away with the award for the “Best Performing Mayor” for his commitment to the upliftment of communities, as well as his positive leadership and vision, while the City’s Cornubia Project won the award for the “Best Community Project”. This multibillion-rand public-private joint venture provides more than 24 000 affordable housing units for commercial and residential use. It will also stimulate employment and economic opportunities.

The third award was for the “Best Implemented Integrated Development Plan (IDP)” which recognised the Municipality’s efforts in implementing this crucial long-term plan. It guides development and service delivery by responding to community needs and achievable targets.

Nxumalo attributed these awards to consistent community involvement. “This was a result of collaboration between the City and residents. We appreciate staff members, councillors and residents who cast their votes. We would not have achieved this feat without the support of the community, especially during the IDP Public Participation Process.”

Meanwhile, at the PMR Awards, Durban Solid Waste Unit won the Golden Arrow Award for its efforts towards proper waste management. The Unit has achieved a score of 3.92 out of five, which is regarded as excellent and worthy of the prestigious award.

DSW provides 100% domestic service delivery to the residents within eThekwini Municipality. Deputy Head: Strategic and New Development at DSW Robert Abbu said: “DSW has been recognised due to many programmes on the go that promote effective and sustainable waste management.  These include community clean-up programmes, recycling initiatives, adopt a spot, schools and tertiary level training, as well as promoting beautification.”

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