Newcastle Mayor wishes 2016 matriculants all the best for the exams.

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Mayor Makhosini Nkosi Wishes the Matric Class of 2016 Well. We have once again reached that time of the year when our matriculants will sit for their final matric examination. It has been a long educational journey that has brought you this far and through commitment and discipline you will soon reap the rewards.

Our beloved late former president Nelson Mandela once declared that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Going forward opportunities will be endless and only your dreams of a better future will place you at the door steps of academic and visionary excellence. I urge all parents, guardians and community members to be the pillar of support for our matriculants and give them the necessary structure to prepare for these momentous exams.

Newcastle Municipality fully supports you. Good luck!

Newcastle Municipality Customer Service Portal security

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The public must be aware that the Newcastle Municipality’s Customer Service Portal will, at no point, leak any person’s private information. The portal is 100% security compliant in accordance with security standards including https encryption and PCI payment gateway.

The municipality would like to thank the 874 customers who registered on the portal in August and the further 994 customers who registered in the month of September. The portal is a sure way to access your municipal account, download your statement and even sign-up to automatically receive e-Statements via email.

The number of unique daily logins have increased from 1411 in August to 1956 in September. 1213 customers have downloaded their statements in September and 812 e-Statements were emailed in the month of September.

The municipality encourages customers to utilize the feedback form that allows for both technical and non-technical support. Customers can log queries, comments and report system bugs by clicking on the Support tab – on the side of the screen:

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The municipality has received and addressed 33 queries in the month of August, and 117 queries in the month of September. Queries that have been received so far range from customer profile updates, linking of accounts, registration assistance and other account related queries that are related to the Revenue Section.

The Newcastle Municipality encourages the public to be careful at all times when utilizing any e-commerce sites. There is a technique called Phishing, where a user receives an email requesting that they confirm the account number, credit card details and login details.

Please be aware that the Newcastle Municipality will never ask you to confirm your personal information, credit card details, account details, login details or any other information in an email. Such an email should be reported to the municipality without hesitation.

Newcastle Municipality wins at 1st Annual KZN EPWP KAMOSO Awards.

1st Annual KZN EPWP KAMOSO Awards

Newcastle Municipality attended the 1st Annual KZN EPWP KAMOSO Awards on the 05th of October 2016 at the Three Cities Square Boutique Hotel, Umhlanga Rocks. The awards were organised by the KZN Department of Public Works.

The aim of the awards was to award the best performing public bodies in the implementation of Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Newcastle Municipality was nominated and won the Best Implementing Public Body for EPWP Environment and Culture Sector category.

The event was attended by the EPWP Champion, Mr. Mthandeni Myende and Director for Civil Services; Mr. Vusi Mboyana.

Charlestown Rural Housing Project officially launched

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MEC Ravi Pillay with Amajuba District Mayor; Dr Musa Ngubane and Newcastle Local Municipality Mayor; Cllr Makhosini Nkosi.

The Provincial Department of Human Settlements, led by the Honourable MEC R.R Pillay, the Amajuba District Municipality Mayor;  Honourable Dr. Musa Ngubane and the Newcastle Local Municipality; Honourable Cllr  Makhosini Nkosi gathered  with the community of Charlestown on the 4th of October 2016 to officially launch the Charlestown Rural Housing Project. The appointed implementing agency was introduced to the community during the meeting with the project expected to commence on the 10th of October 2016.

The project will resolve both the issue of service delivery and unemployment. The steering committee will meet to divulge a plan to employ community members, and the community will be convened to the meeting thereafter.

MEC R.R.Pillay outlined that the employment process should be conducted in an open and transparent manner, it should be fair and there should be equitable employment opportunities for all sections of the community which will address gender equity, 50/50% opportunities for men and women.

“Phase one of the project will cost R50 million and that will consist of installing the pipes for the clean running water and the sewer system, and the R150 million will build 500 houses. The total cost of the project is R200 million”, alluded Pillay.

The community was requested to own the project, by looking after it, by reporting all improper conduct executed either by the contractor, or the employees. The MEC concluded by advising the Newcastle Local Municipality to prioritize the issue of electricity and sanitation in Charlestown in its five years of administration and further persuaded the municipality to continuously give inspiration to it residents and the country as a whole thus enhancing good governance.

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Mayor Makhosini Nkosi welcoming the community of Charlestown.

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The community of Charlestown came out in their numbers.

Illegal Invasion Of Land Of Ingonyama Trust Board Land In Madadeni Section 2

Illegal Invasion Of Land Of Ingonyama Trust Board Land In Madadeni Section 2

The municipality would like to bring to the attention of the public the illegal sale and invasion of land currently taking place at Madadeni Section 2 on the land parcel currently owned by Ingonyama Trust Board (ITB) and Madadeni College. The matter was brought to the attention of the municipality on Wednesday 14 September 2016 and various attempts has been made to caution the public.

The municipality will like to caution the general public of Newcastle especially in Madadeni not to involve themselves with this illegal act, “They must not buy, register and/or illegal occupy the land” this is an unlawful act and it will be dealt harshly within the relevant legal context.

We note that discussions are currently being held with the Ingonyama Trust Board on an amicable solution to resolve this matter. In terms of awareness, the public has been informed in various ways not to be tempted and involve themselves with this illegal act. We have distributed notices and load hailing in the community and we have also used our community radio station (NCR) to communicate the message to the general public. Furthermore, the Mayor along with Judge Jerome Ngwenya of the ITB addressed a group of illegal occupiers which they found on site during their site visit which took place on Saturday 17 September 2016. A legal route will also be explored in conjunction with ITB in an attempt to stop the invasions. Furthermore a meeting was planned by the municipality and ITB with the committee of the land invaders on Monday 19 September 2016 at Madadeni Community Hall and unfortunately this did not take place due to the committee not pitching up for the meeting.

Mayor Nkosi jailed for Cancer

In an effort to raise funds for the CANSA relay taking place on the 15th of October, Mayor Makhosini Nkosi had to spend time behind bars until the public could bail him out with bail set for R10 000. The Mayor amazingly outdid himself by raising R40 000.

Mayor encouraged the public to donate towards his bail, proceedings will go  to CANSA

Mayor encouraged the public to donate towards his bail, proceedings will go to CANSA

Mayor Nkosi jailed for Cancer.

Mayor Nkosi jailed for Cancer.

Mayor calls for Newcastle people to come to his rescue.

Mayor calls for Newcastle people to come to his rescue.

Mayor Makhosini Nkosi officially opened the Igugulesizwe exhibition Albert Luthuli Photographic

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In celebration of Heritage Month Newcastle Municipality under the leadership of Mayor Makhosini Nkosi officially opened the Igugulesizwe exhibition Albert Luthuli Photographic at the Carnegie Art Center the event is attended by officials from the Department of Art and Culture, and vibirant young artist of Newcastle

Newcastle Municipality awarded Best Level 2 Accredited Municipality

Seen in the picture is Mayor Makhosini Nkosi and officials for the Municipality

Seen in the picture is Mayor Makhosini Nkosi and officials for the Municipality

The Mayor of Newcastle Cllr Makhosini Nkosi accompanied by the officials from the municipal Development Planning and Human Settlements department, attended the 2016 Govan Mbeki Award ceremony hosted recently by MEC for Human Settlements Ravi Pillay at the Durban ICC.

The Municipality was awarded the first runner up, sharing the award for Best Level 2 Accredited Municipality with eThekwini Municipality and uMhlathuze Municipality taking first place in this category.

Newcastle Municipality was awarded the level 2 housing accreditation status in September 2012 which gave full permission to the municipality to take responsibility for the programme management and administer subsidies. This encompasses project evaluation and approval, contract administration, subsidy registration, programme management including cash flow projection and management and technical (construction) quality assurance. Again in 2013 the Municipality won the provincial Govan Mbeki awards for the best level 2 accredited municipality in Kwa -Zulu Natal and later in that year were awarded the status for being the best level 2 accredited municipality at the National level at the Prestigious Awards held at the Gallagher Estate in June 2013.

The Municipality prides itself on putting people first and serving the community thorough implementing Batho Pele principles and ensuring that housing projects are fast tracked with the objective of providing adequate, sustainable and comfortable housing opportunities.

MEC Nomusa Dube- Ncube hands the award to Mayor Makhosini Nkosi

MEC Nomusa Dube- Ncube hands the award to Mayor Makhosini Nkosi

Heritage Month 2016

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September marks annual Heritage Month in South Africa and it is used to celebrate and promote the varied cultural heritage of our nation. It is a month dedicated to recognise our heritage, both tangible and intangible. Tangible heritage refers to buildings, historic places, artefacts and monuments, while intangible are attributes that we have inherited from past generations such as language and knowledge.

This year marks 20 years since Heritage Day was proclaimed in 1996 and it will be commemorated under theme “Human Treasures and Legends: our Living Heritage”. Living heritage means cultural expressions and practices that form a body of knowledge and provide continuity, dynamism and meaning of social life to generations of people as individuals, social groups and communities.

The main event will be held on 24 September and will feature a presidential address to the nation and representatives from various political parties are expected to be present. The rationale behind the commemoration is that “our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.”

Proposed Outage for the Newcastle Municipality Licenced Areas

Proposed Outage for the Newcastle Municipality Licenced Areas.

Fibre optic is used to communicate between substations for protection purposes. We’ve lost communication between Townlands Substation, New Central A Substation and Glen Substation thus protection of lives and equipment is endangered.

Emergency work is urgently required to replace a damaged fibre optic cable so as to restore communications.
This is a step which is boldly taken by the department, as to prevent damage to our equipment and curb outages.
The proposed outage will occur on Sunday the 11th of September 2016 from 05h00 till 10h00.
Please treat all electrical apparatus as live at all times.

All enquiries should be forwarded to the Engineering Technician Mr P H Ramparsadh at electric@newcastle.gov.za. Tel 034-3121296 .Fax 0343129697
Yours Faithfully

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Mr L Zincume
SED Electrical/Mechanical Services