As part of a plan for 2014, the Indaka Local Municipality aims to achieve the following:
– Improve its revenue base
– Implement the Property Rates Act
– Increase HIV/AIDS awareness
– Minimise backlogs with respect to;
– Water & Sanitation
Access to basic services has an influence in improving the standards of living and quality of life of the people living in the municipality. According to Stats SA (2011), currently 15% of the community have access to proper sanitation, 57% to decent water facilities, and 32% to electricity. In addition, refuse removal services are only available to 13% of the constituency. These are areas that the municipality is desperate to improve in the short- to medium-term. The municipality intends building houses for the Indaka community as part of a new development plan. 47% of the local population still live in traditional homes. The construction process has commenced and it is yielding positive results.
Since the municipality does not have an industrial revenue base, it has engaged itself in developing projects that could generate income for the municipality. Those projects are the ‘Cannibalism route project’, and the building of a craft centre and shopping complex
Health services are currently the responsibility of the Department of Health. The new legislation on local government has not provided that the local municipalities are responsible for the health services in as far as they are provided to serve their area of jurisdiction. Therefore services like clinics and mobile clinics can be safely assumed to be the responsibility of Indaka Local Municipality. Currently there are 7 clinics at Indaka, namely; Limehill, Ekuvukeni, Rockcliff, KwaMteyi, Mhlumayo, Gcinalishone and Sahlumbe. The total number of mobile clinics that operate in the municipal area is 13. These mobile clinics are spread all over the area but there are some areas that still need mobile clinics.
There is only one police station in the whole of Indaka Local Municipality – at Ekuvukeni. Communities of the Mhlumayo settlement have called for stronger and more visible police presence in their communities (David Totman and Associates: 1999). The SAPS Crime Information Analysis Centre at Ezakheni Police Station stated that the Umhlumayo complex is being served by the Ezakheni Police Station whereas the Limehill Complex is served by the Ekuvukeni Police Station. Whilst the centre acknowledged the increase in the rate of crime in the Indaka area it was however made clear that there are no immediate plans for the construction of a new police station in the Indaka area. It was also acknowledged that the SAPS are currently under-resourced in terms of personnel.
For further details regarding services in Indaka, contact:
Telephone 034 261 1000
Facsimile 034 261 2035