I hereby move without notice:
That the Council -
1) notes the achievement of Councillor Ndaweni Mahlangu, the mayor of Thembisile Hani Local Municipality in Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga, to improve the municipality's collection rate by 18% since his appointment only in June last year;
2) notes that given Mayor Mahlangu's appointment only a year ago, and despite the fact that the municipality is one of the identified poverty-stricken municipalities in the province, he has managed to develop and implement a turnaround strategy, thereby turning the tide and stabilising the municipality through responsible leadership;
3) further notes that with this leadership, the mayor has not only improved the capacity of the municipality to deliver better services to its communities but has also given them hope for a better life in future; and
4) takes this opportunity to commend and congratulate Mayor Ndaweni Mahlangu on his leadership and calls on the leadership in all other municipalities to follow suit, and further calls on provincial government, the provincial department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, the provincial treasury, as well as the SA Local Government Association to render ongoing assistance and support to the municipality and to ensure that the initiative and leadership of the mayor gain further momentum.