The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mr Sipho Hlomuka, met with the Province close to 300 Amakhosi in Durban in an engagement called the Trads MEC. The engagement provides a platform for both amakhosi and the MEC to discuss pertinent issues that are affecting the institution of local government. The engagement was held on Tuesday 25 June 2019 in Durban-City Hall.
MEC Hlomuka thanked amakhosi for the positive role that they continue to play in the development of rural communities across the province. “Amakhosi are reliable partner to government in its efforts to develop rural areas and ensure that adequate services are rendered to these communities. Through this engagement we aim to engage you as Amakhosi on how we can strengthen and solidify our relationship. The task that we have as the provincial government is one that we cannot hope to possibly achieve if we do not have buy in from the institution of traditional leaders within our province” said Hlomuka.
Chairperson of the Provincial House of the Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, on behalf of the Traditional Council, welcomed the engagement with the MEC and expressed the desire of Amakhosi to see the strengthening of working relations between Amakhosi and the sphere of local government. Chiliza also raised issues such as the transportation of Amakhosi, remuneration, as well as housing subsidies that he requested the new administration to look into.
In his response MEC Hlomuka, welcomed the positive engagement with Amakhosi and promised to look into the issues that were raised.