Winnie Madikizela Mandela – 1936-2018

“Preventing the conflicts of tomorrow means changing the mindsets of the youth today.”

Winnie Madikizela Mandela – 1936-2018

Mother of the nation… we salute you.


Invitation: Newcastle Budget Speech & State of The Town Address


The Newcastle budget speech & state of the town address, by the honourable Mayor. Cllr. EM Nkosi.

Date: 04 April 2018
Venue: Newcaste Show Hall
Dress code: Formal
Time: 18h00pm

Human Rights Day


The 21st of March which is known as Human Rights Day, on this day all South African commemorates the fallen heroes of the Sharpville Massacre. On this day we honor and remember all those who died for standing up against the unjust “Pass Laws” of the brutal apartheid system.

This year we celebrate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, we shall intensify our efforts to realize his vision of a united South Africa in which all live in peace with equal rights and opportunities.

We shall renew our focus on Mandela’s vision of non-racial society in which the social and economic barriers that have separated black from white are torn down.

We must work to fulfill Madiba’s vision of a democratic society in which all citizens have equal opportunity to determine their own destiny. We must rally all Newcastle communities behind this vision as we continue to unite our people.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” by Nelson Mandela

Volunteers Working Together in Keeping Newcastle Clean

Volunteers from Madadeni , Osizweni and Blaauwbosch area came together to keep Newcastle clean

In a collective effort to keep Newcastle clean, The Newcastle Municipality’s department of Community Services with the help from Volunteers took the initiative to work together to clear the refuse that has been pilling-up in various open spaces within the city.

Every week a new place that needs extensive cleaning is identified and on a Friday morning, these places are visited.

“We have devised a plan to make certain that Newcastle remains the best city to live in and also to make certain that health hazards are halted. We have dedicated our Fridays to cleaning every corner of this town,” affirmed Dr P.D Thabethe Acting Strategic Director for Community Services.

This is what saw Volunteers from Madadeni, Osizweni and Blaaubosch together with Newcastle Municipality putting on their gloves to clean waste next to the Rosary Clinic in the Blaaubosch area on the 2nd of February 2018.
This programme has been rolled out in all the areas in Newcastle and we would like more people to get involved in helping us achieve our aim” continued Thabethe. These volunteers have already sorted out areas in and around Madadeni, Osizweni and Blaauwbosch and they continue to maintain these areas.

Skips are placed in various open spaces and the community is urged to utilise them. The Municipality urges the community to make use of the skips provided to them to dump their garden refuse and not around it.
Household refuse is picked up weekly and refuse bags should be taken out in the morning, Waste Removal and bag collection roster is available on the Newcastle Municipality.

Volunteers clearing waste in a open veld near the Rosary clinic

Community Leader Sandile Mthembu throwing his refuse bag in a skip

Volunteers clearing diapers that were thrown all over the place

OSS Municipality Workshop

Seen on the picture chairing the workshop is, Mr M.I Mhlanga (Local Task Team), Mr T. Mkhasibe (Special Programmes) and Mr S. Khanyi (Cogta)

On the 1st of February 2018 Newcastle Municipality (Special Programmes unit) in conjunction with Operation Sukuma Sakhe (OSS) held a workshop for all the war room conveners, secretaries and government departments that are in Amajuba District. The purpose of this workshop was to engage with all relevant stakeholders that form part of the war rooms and OSS and also to give an insight on what is Operation Sukuma Sakhe as it was explained as an initiative that has a ‘whole of Government approach’ as its philosophical basis.

Dr. N.Y Mahlubi, Newcastle Municipality’s PR Councillor who is also the District Task Team Chairperson was one of the speakers present on the day. Dr. Mahlubi said that Operation Sukuma Sakhe spells out all initiatives that are implemented by the different sector departments and the spheres of government…therefore delivery of services is a required partnership with community, stakeholders and government. She further explained that Operation Sukuma Sakhe is a continuous interaction between Government and the communities and that these two sectors must work together to achieve the 12 National Outcomes.

Provincial Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) team was also represented by Mr Sthembiso Khanyile who explained that Operation Sukuma Sakhe is under Public Participation Directorate in the department of Cogta and further outlined the challenges they are facing with this initiative.

The Department of Development Planning & Human Settlement within the municipality was also part of the program, Mr S Cindi who is an Acting Manager for Land Use Management explained all the Municipal By-laws that are in place. Other Government departments like Dept. of Labour (Nonkululeko Mtambo), Dept. of Home Affairs (Nhlanhla Magasela), SASSA (Bongani Myeni) and Dept. of Health (Mrs G Xaba) were also present. Each department outlined its core mandate and they pledged their support on OSS and all its structures in place.
The workshop was a success as fruitful discussions took place and most of the concerns were addressed.

War room members, conveners, Secretaries, government departments, NGOs and Forum members

Congratulatory Message from the Mayor of Newcastle Local Municipality to the Class of 2017

The class of 2017, Amajuba District has once again made us proud by achieving the second place after the uMgungundlovu District in the Province of Kwa Zulu Natal, by attaining 80.51 %, we congratulate them by a job well done, we are still optimistic that there will be improvement in the coming years.

The achievement we believe would have not been possible without the commitment of the dedicated staff of the Department of Basic Education under the stewardship of the Former Director Rev. Sithole and the current Acting Director Mr. M. Khumalo should be applauded in all corners of our society, the hard work put together by the dedicated teachers who performed beyond expectation.

The hard work put together by the Learners who sometimes swim against the tide mostly because of conditions they had to prepare themselves under, we congratulate and wish them very well in their future endeavours, to those who did not make it because of various circumstances we wish to send a message that it does not end here, they must use opportunities presented to them to better their lives.

We convey the congratulatory message to all of them for making us proud, and we are keenly interested in them to keep doing hard work and never forget to keep their eyes on their ambition and focus on achieving more than they have already mastered. We wish them well in their future endeavours

We rise by lifting others!!!!!

Cllr. Makhosini Nkosi
Mayor Newcastle Local Municipality

Christmas Message From The Mayor

Happy Holidays, Newcastle!

Mayor Makhosini Nkosi, on behalf of the Newcastle Municipality, wishes all citizens of Newcastle and KZN at large, a joyous festive season and a prosperous New Year.

Don’t drink and drive, obey the rules and regulations of the road. Enjoy with caution and a sense of responsibility.

Please remember that your life, as well as the lives of all citizens, is worth caring for.

Izilokotho Ezinhle kulaMaHolidi zeMeya Yomkhandlu

IMeya yaMasipala waseNewcastle uMakhosini Nkosi ufisela bonke abahlali base Newcastle
ne-KwaZulu Natali amaholidi amahle futhi agcwele injabulo noNyaka Omusha omuhle.

Abantu bayanxuswa ukuba bangashayeli bephuzile futhi bahloniphe imithetho yomgwaqo. Nizijabulise ngendlela evikelekile niphinde nihloniphe futhi nivikele izimpilo zenu Kanye nezabanye.

Municipal Manager Mswane Holds Engaging Session with Interns

Municipal Manager; Mr BE Mswane addressing the interns

Newcastle Local Municipality Municipal Manager, Mr Bhekani Errol Mswane, held a meet and greet session for the newly hired interns of the Municipality. The session was held on 12 December 2017 at the Municipal Offices.
The purpose of the session was to introduce the interns to their new workplace environment as well as each other. Municipal Manager said all the interns need to be mentored and taken through the municipality’s work flow processes. Mr Mswane further highlighted the importance of the internship program and advised the interns to commit themselves to a good work ethic.

Mr Mswane also informed the interns that they are the successful applicants out of 1700 applications received by the municipality. “A rigorous screen process was used in the selection and we ask you to take this golden opportunity to gain valuable experience which could lead to you applying for relevant posts should it arise,” said the Municipal Manager.

While going through the process and functions of being Newcastle Municipality employees, Mr Mswane thanked the interns for trusting the Municipality to be they employer, and urged them to think of the future while also making a good name for themselves in the present. The Municipal Manger further emphasized the municipality’s commitment to improving service delivery and the valuable role interns could play in ensuring that the municipality achieve service delivery standards.

Newcastle Municipality believes in providing job opportunities and training for local graduates to help build a better skilled and knowledgeable community that will move Newcastle forward. The Municipal Manager closed by apologising to the parents and families that were affected by all the confusion during the intake process.

Senior Management and interns in attendance at the Information Session

Newcastle Municipality working towards a non – violent South Africa

Newcastle Mayor Advocate E.M Nkosi, St Antony’s Mr Nzuza, ward Cllr D. Mnguni, Pastor Mahlangu and correctional services Fikiswa Hololo

Newcastle Municipality together with different stakeholders visited the St Antony’s children home on the 23rd of November with a spirit of commemorating the 16 days of activism with them.

Under the theme: “Count me in: Together moving a non –violent South Africa forward.” The 16 days of activism aims at encouraging men to remember their role as protectors in their households and also to attract all South Africans to be active participants in the fight to eradicate violence against women and children. This campaign still remains to be relevant in our country because lack of understanding of children’s and women rights has proven to be a challenge.

In his address, Newcastle Mayor Cllr M.E Nkosi said that it is important to know that we as parents are the only people that can protect our children from abuse. “We have been preaching the same gospel to men for over a decade but it seems like it is falling on deaf ears, our women are still crying and our children are still being abused” reiterated Cllr Nkosi.

Every South African is urged to support this campaign by wearing the red ribbon during the 16 day period as a symbol of peace and commitment to never commit or condone violence.
The programme ended on a high note with the local recording artist singing his heart out and with the Mayor handing over gifts to the children.

Children receiving goodies from the Mayor

Recording artist Mcebo “Khazozo” Makhaza, with Newcastle Mayor E.M Nkosi, ward Cllr D. Mnguni and Manager Special Programmes Samke Dube


Newcastle Disaster Management Advisory Forum is ready for the Festive Season

The Fire and Disaster Management Services in consultation with the Newcastle Disaster Management Advisory Forum held a Mock Exercise on Motor Vehicle Accident at Asiphephe Drive on Thursday, 23 November 2017.

With the Festive Season around the corner, the aim of the mock drill was to sensitise the Community of Newcastle of possible accidents that may happen during the festive season and measures they should take. It was also to see if all the different stakeholders that are within the Newcastle Disaster Forum are ready for the Festive season and that they can work together collectively without any problems.

“We can see the direction that this forum is taking and we are very much satisfied with what we have achieved thus far, we are now working towards sustaining this achievement” said Acting Chief of Fire who is also the Chairperson of the Disaster Forum Advisory, Mr Nelson Mpeko.

As part of the mock the Advisory was given a scenario for them to tackle out , the scene was of a taxi that was travelling from Madadeni to Town carrying 19 passengers with an allegedly drunk driver that collided head on side with a taxi that was carrying 8 passengers while trying to avoid a stray cow.