UMZUMBE Municipality continues to strengthen the culture of democracy and municipal governance system of participatory governance. This has been witnessed after a groups of dedicated ward committee members congregated at Margate hotel for their module 6 training in Communication, facilitation and dealing with conflict. This capacity building is aimed at strengthening public participation as a means to better inform citizens about council decisions that affect their lives.
This three day workshop, equipped ward committees with practical skills to help them better deal with conflicts within the areas in which they serve.
“We conduct these workshops to create a cohesive environment between the ward committees and the communities in which they serve,” articulated Cllr Sizwe Ngcobo. Furthermore Ngcobo enlightened that beyond equipping them with practical skills, these ward committees are then awarded certificates after the completion of each module.
The feeling of accomplishment could not be concealed from the faces of the members present, one of which was Ayanda Mncibi, ward 03 committee member. Mncibi was delighted to share that the previous workshops have assisted her in dealing with the community issues in a professional manner and that it is much easier to reach resolutions on service delivery issues.
Umzumbe Speaker, Cllr Sizwe Ngcobo then awarded the members with certificates for all the previously completed modules. As this module has been completed, there are two modules outstanding, which are to be completed before of year.
Ward committees capacitation is the heart of KwaZulu-Natal, Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) department, under the leadership of MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, as this is one of the important mechanism for public participation. Dube-Ncube has once applauded Umzumbe Municipality for leading with these trainings in the entire Province, stating that public participation is the “Cornerstone of democracy”.