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Strategic Planning Workshop for eThekwini, Umdoni, Vulamehlo Municipalities
As part of the City’s effort to support local municipalities with technical support, MILE recently facilitated a series of strategic planning workshops with eThekwini, Umdoni and Vulamehlo municipalities.
The aim of the sessions were to look at the alignment of incorporating Vulamehlo Municipality into eThekwini and Umdoni post 2016 local government elections. 

Part one of the workshop was held on the 28-29 January at the Premier Hotel in Richards Bay and Part two was held on 11 February at Umzinto Community Hall.  The workshop was attended by: Mr Ander Els from COGTA, officials from EThekwini Municipality, Umdoni Municipality Mayor Cllr. SSI Khwela and Vulamehlo Municipality Mayor Cllr. WT Dube, Deputy Mayors, Speakers and Councillors from both the municipalities.  The Municipal Managers from both municipalities together with their senior officials also attended the session.
An in depth ice breaker was facilitated in order to create an atmosphere of harmony between councillors and officials.  Mr Andre Els from COGTA explained the CMC process and participants then went on to identify their main challenges regarding service delivery.  After identifying their top three challenges with the amalgamation process and four challenges within the municipal process they developed a strategic action plan to identify strategies, timeframes and people who will be responsible to ensure that these challenges are addressed.
Both municipalities (Umdoni and Vulamehlo) agreed to sign the ‘Richards Bay’ Accord at the next full council meeting on the 24 February 2016.
As part of the way forward, senior officials from Umdoni and Vulamehlo municipalities agreed to hold their own strategic planning workshops to unpack how they are going to move forward post 2016 local government elections.  MILE has agreed to support this initiative by facilitating a strategic planning workshop with the new Councillors from Umdoni Municipality post 2016 local government elections.

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