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20 June 2011 at 23:20 - Posted by Anonymous

Mayor gives salary for poor, potholes


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Pietermaritzburg - The  newly-elected mayor of uMvoti Municipality in Greytown has done it again - donating his entire salary of around R700 000 and other perks - towards poverty alleviation projects and for the repair of potholes in the streets of this rural town.

Speaker for the uMvoti municipality Ahmed Sheik confirmed in an interview with The Witness that mayor Philani Godfrey Mavundla made the announcement to have his salary re-directed towards poverty alleviation projects for the area during the second sitting of the council last week.

Shortly after his election to the position, Mavundla announced that he was not going to require the R600 000 car allowance or the state-of-the-art R450 000 mayoral Land Rover, but will use his own vehicles at his own expense.

Mavundla, who is a well-known businessman in the area, said his plan for the municipality is to run it as a business and has already asked forensic investigations to be carried out against the previous administration.

Umvoti was one of the 19 KZN municipalities that were never won outright by any political parties during the elections and had to be co-governed by the ANC and the NFP.

During the first sitting the council decided that the speaker, the mayor and the deputy mayor were going to be full-time councillors, a decision that was criticised by the IFP.

Sheik said it was “encouraging and inspiring” to work with a person of Mavundla’s calibre, who put the interest of the downtrodden people ahead of his own and said he was looking forward to the fruitful five years for the people of uMvoti.

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