Imbizo Yamavulandlela


Undunankulu wakwaZulu-Natal u- Willis Mchunu,umema umphakathi embizweni yamaVulandlela, ezodingida ngokuvuselela Ubuntu esizweni.

Kuzocotshelelwana ngolwazi, izifungo zamaVulandlela, inhlonipho, indlela yokuphila ezimweni ezinzima, intshisekelo yesizwe, iziyalo Kanye nokuqiniswa kwamasiko.

Imininingwane ihlelwe kanje:
23 September 2017
Amajuba College – Madadeni section 2

Ezokuthutha umphakathi zihleliwe, xhumana neKhansela lendawo. Kucelwa umphakathi ungagqoki izikibha noma imfaniswano yamaqembu ezepolitiki.

Izikhali azivumelekile kanti nezokuphepha zihleliwe

“Through unity in action we can move KZN to a prosperous future”

Newcastle Municipality wins at the Govan Mbeki Awards

Two awards were bestowed at the Newcastle Municipality when the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements hosted the Govan Mbeki Awards on the 14th of September 2017, at the Greyville Convention Centre. Newcastle Municipality took to stage to accept the award for Best Accredited Municipality: Level 2, beating the City of Mhlathuzi Municipality, KwaDukuza Municipality and Alfred Duma Municipality. Newcastle Municipality also took second runner-up under the category; Best Rural Housing Project for the Khathide Phase ll Rural Housing Project.

Newcastle Municipality was awarded a Level 2 Housing Accreditation status in September 2012 which gave the municipality a full programme management and administration of housing programmes within its municipal area jurisdiction. This encompasses project planning, evaluation and approval, subsidy planning, registration and administration as well as ensuring technical quality assurance at construction stages of housing projects.

The Govan Mbeki Awards 2017 was hosted by the Honourable MEC Ravi Pillar and dignitaries from the Department of Human Settlements and KZN Municipalities. This was not the first time Newcastle Municipality took to stage to accept an award from the MEC of Human Settlements. In 2013, Newcastle Municipality won the Provincial Govan Mbeki Awards for the Best Level 2 Accredited Municipality in KZN and later was also awarded the status for the Best Level 2 Accredited Municipality at the National level at the Prestigious Awards held at the Gallagher Estate in June 2013. In 2016, the Municipality received first runner-up, sharing the award for Best Level 2 Accredited Municipality with eThekwini Municipality.

The Govan Mbeki Awards aim to promote a culture of excellence within the Human Settlements sector in the delivery of quality human settlements and dignity to communities. The awards are named after Govan Mbeki to acknowledge the role he played and the vision he had regarding the preservation of human dignity and the provision of human settlements for all.

This is one of the greatest achievements for Newcastle Municipality, we are committed in making a difference in terms of housing development and changing our people’s lives. We have greater plans as a municipality to deliver different housing opportunities to cater for all.

Municipality soccer team wins first prize


In the venture of promoting good business relations and good health for the employees, Newcastle Municipality soccer team participated and won 1st place in the Ulundi Industrial Soccer Tournament on the 16th of September 2017 at Ulundi Sporting Grounds. This came after the team won the Work and Play Amajuba District Tournament earlier this year.
Newcastle Mayor, Cllr M.E Nkosi, congratulated the team and thanked them for making Newcastle proud. “You have shown us that you are serious about your craft and this has earned you our support and trust ,soccer is not only about playing but it is also about teaching yourselves team work, a mentality that every Municipal worker should have, alluded the Municipal Manager, B. E Mswane.

Below is the list of participants in the tournament:
12: Arcellor Metal: NEWCASTLE


Newcastle Municipality hosts Heritage Seminar, Visual Art Exhibition and Craft Fair

Newcastle Municipality hosts Heritage Seminar, Visual Art Exhibition and Craft Fair

The Newcastle Municipality’s Culture and Amenities department hosted a two day heritage event celebration which kicked off with a heritage seminar for schools at the Newcastle Town Hall on the 14th of September 2017 and concluded with a heritage visual art exhibition on the 15th of September 2017 at the Newcastle Carnegie Art Gallery.

This heritage celebration was started in 2015, under CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND IGUGU LESIZWE in 2016, and this year, under the theme, “My Mirror/Isibuko Sami”, the main purpose of the event was to expose learners to the historical backgrounds and the significance of heritage in the country through visual art displays and presentations, other objectives include promoting social cohesion among diverse cultures and young explorers, tourism, Carnegie Art Gallery and other museums in South Africa.

The seminar featured presentations to educate the teachers, learners and visitors on the years of transitioning from colonialism and apartheid in which South Africa has progressed in realising a dream of building a non-racial, non-sexiest, united democratic prosperous nation. One of the presentations also touched on Dr Nelson Mandela and his liberation stalwarts who worked tirelessly and selflessly to build a rainbow nation, through truth and reconciliation and other initiatives to bridge the gap in creating a united South Africa.

We have a rich history and heritage in South Africa which is collected, stored, protected and preserved in different museums such as natural, cultural, living, archaeological, ethnographical, art, indigenous knowledge, oral history, etc. Each and every tangible or intangible item collected in these museums has a story to tell about our early lives to the present. That knowledge needs to be nurtured and shared with the present generations so that they can pass it on to the next generation”, said Curator; Ms Phumzile Dlamini.

The visual art exhibition welcomed walkabouts and showcased visual artists from different backgrounds and a variety of artworks which included sculptures, paintings, textile and beadwork and performing arts (fashion design, music and poetry).

Newcastle Mayor; Adv EM Nkosi highlighted the role of visual art in a South African context. “We can say that the actual act of creating the visual imagery is informed by the community and that it is the community which will or must act as an audience. The development or underdevelopment of visual art in South Africa, in this century, was shaped by the factors that wield political power”.

Mayor also made reference to King Kong, An African Jazz which was the first all-Black South African musical, as an example of a visual art in musical. “The musical chronicles the rise and fall of champion boxer Ezekial ‘King Kong Dhlamini’. It helped create a new set of opportunities for Black South Africans in the arts and has taken South Africans theatre to new dimensions. This musical then assisted like all other artistic inventions, all South Africans to be in touch with their roots and the role they played in the invention of the modern world, he concluded.

Some of the visual art on display

Some of the visual art on display

One of the performers at the visual art exhibition

Correction Services choir

Learners, teachers and visitors in attendance at the heritage school seminar

Municipal Prayer

Newcastle Municipality will hold a prayer meeting for all municipal employees which will be hosted by the Mayor Cllr E.M Nkosi on 13th of September 2017 at Rich View Hall. The objective of the Prayer meeting is to encourage the values of Cohesion, Respect and Commitment among public servants.

The municipality has realised that it is critical that public servants are holistically competent to deal with the community that they serve and be empowered spiritually. It is also recognized that “As we pray together we are moving South Africa Forward.” The prayer meeting will be attended by : Employees, Organized Labor, Councilors and other strategic partners.

KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Information Sharing Session



The Human Capital Development division will be hosting an Industry Development workshop. The aim of the workshop is to introduce the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission’s (KZNFZ) planned training programmes. The session will also cover bursary opportunities for studies in film and television.

All filmmakers in Amajuba district and surrounds are encouraged to attend!

Venue: Newcastle Show Hall (Council Chamber, known as Farmers Hall)

Address: Corner Hardwick and Allen Street, Newcastle

Time: 13h00

Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2017

RSVP: Mbali Makhoba

Community Safety event held by Municipality

The honorable Mayor Cllr E.M Nkosi together with Deputy Mayor Cllr Dudu Sibiya at the Unveiling of the Community safety plague

To end off Women’s Month the Newcastle Municipality held an event at the previously known, Protection Services on the 31st of August 2017.

The department comprising of the following units including Fire,Security and Traffic has been officially launched as Community Safety. The official event was hosted by the Honorable Cllr E.M Nkosi together with Exco Members, councillors and Senior Management.

The Men and women of community safety were celebrated for their hard work and dedicated services in ensuring that the community is kept safe. ” Today we will be recognizing excellence , Our community safety unit is dedicated to putting our communities first and we want to recommit that we will do everything possible to bring services to our communities”, these were a few sentiments shared by the Municipal Manager Mr B.E Mswane.

We want to ensure that people live in a safe and secure environment. Our citizens have a human right to a safe environment , this means building safer communities is a collective responsibility of both state and its Citizens, we need to encourage this integrated approach and work hard towards building a safer environment .

The Department plans to be more professional and integrated as plans to focus greatly on law enforcement and safety in Newcastle .

Alluded Mayor E.N Nkosi during the Key Note address

Officials representing Newcastle Municipality Traffic, Fire and Security during parade

Senior Officials for the Security and Traffic unit hoisting a flag.

Newcastle Municipality celebrates with Women’s Day event

From the right: Dr N. Madlala, Deputy Mayor Cllr Dudu Sibiya, Newcastle Municipality Speaker Cllr JCN Mkhwanazi, Mayoress N. Nkosi, Newcastle Mayor Cllr M.E Nkosi, Municipal Manager B.E Mswane, Chief whip D. Mnguni and the chairperson of women’s caucus Cllr RN Mdluli.

Newcastle Municipality recently celebrated a successful women’s day event on the 4th of August 2017 under the theme “#BEBOLDFORCHANGE. The event was held at Osizweni Hall and attended by various stakeholders including Government departments and Non Profit Organizations. The day started off with commissions that deliberated on issues women face in the community and respective careers including the roles they play in society.
The official function started at around 11h00 and was directed by Cllrs. Yende and Ms. Zandile Zwane an employee of the Municipality and a finalist in the Mrs. Africa Pageant

Cllr R.N Mdluli presented the role of women in leadership, and alluded to the fact that it’s difficult being a woman in leadership more especially with the “Pull Me Down syndrome”. “Women need to support each other and never fear to take up positions of leadership. We need to remember the women of 1956, woman who stood up together and supported each other.

The honorable Mayor Cllr E.M Nkosi was present together with the Mayoress. During his keynote address, Mayor Nkosi said the following…“Today we are gathered to celebrate women and the role that women played in the liberation of our country” he continued to explain the great concern in regards to abuse of women and children “Men need to get up and fight against this sort of abuse, it is also important to have support groups so they can speak out.

Furthermore “We must celebrate that the number of female councilors have grown from 19 to 28 councilors since new council was inaugurated.
The day ended with the Deputy Mayor Cllr Dudu Sibiya, Mayor and Mayoress E.M Nkosi handing over food parcels
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Programme Directors: Cllr S Yende and Ms. Zandi Zwane (Mrs. S.A finalist)

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Chairperson of the women’s caucus Cllr RN Mdluli addressing issues faced by women in leadership

2017 Women’s Month “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”

South Africa declared August as Women’s month. The Women’s day is celebrated on 9 August annually to commemorate and pay tribute to women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of pass laws to women.

The President of the Republic, His Excellency Jacob Zuma also declared 2017 as the year of OR Tambo therefore this year’s celebration coincides with the centenary of struggle icon OR Tambo. This year, the Women’s month will be commemorated under the theme “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”

The National Women’s Day on 9 August 2017 at Galeshewe, Kimberley in the Northern Cape. The national celebrations will also include the National Dialogues on Violence against Women to help combat the continued scourge of violent attacks and abuse against women. The dialogues are a platform for deepening democracy whilst ensuring safer and crime-free communities especially for women and children.

Media Statement – Constituency Meetings


In terms of Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000, councillors must report back at least quarterly to constituencies on council matter, in order to fulfil their role of accountability to the local community.

The office of the Speaker of Newcastle Local Municipality will be embarking on the community outreach programme known as the constituency meetings during the months – August, September until October 2017. These meetings are part of the Speakers efforts to take the municipality to the people and help foster democracy through enhanced public participation as a one of pillar of back to basics.

The focus of the meetings will be to discuss pertinent issues that are prevailing with Newcastle, with the intention being to better inform the community based plans, which is a back to basics tool by the municipality to ensure sustainable livelihoods and report back on the progress made.

The scheduled constituency meetings are the result of an information session which was held on the 14th of July 2017 at the EXCO Chamber by the Speaker with the Mayor and all 34 ward councillors.

The meetings will be composed of all political office bearers, portfolio chairpersons, ward councillors, municipal heads of departments, ward committees, and government sector departments.

The Newcastle Local Municipality would like to extend an invite to the community of Newcastle so that they too can be afforded an opportunity to be part of the constituency meetings which will deal with all service delivery related issues that are affecting the community, hence better informing the Community Based Plans. The schedule of meeting is attached.