20 Years in the Making – New Manzini South Inkhundla Centre Unveiled!
After a 20-year-long journey, Manzini South finally has an Inkhundla structure befitting of the city’s vision to provide quality service and economic opportunities for all citizens of Manzini.
A true emblem of the transformational and unifying power of the Tinkhundla System, the newly-built Manzini South Inkhundla structure worth E3.5 million boasts all the facilities required for successful community gatherings and operations. It is located at Zakhele, a stone’s throw away from the Manzini Trade Hub.
Rooted in the founding spirit of Tinkhundla, this new centre is open to all residents of Manzini South where they will be welcomed by Inkhundla’s resident Secretary and Community Development Officer. Here, they can submit pertinent societal matters to the Inkhundla, as well as meet to discuss and resolve challenges faced in the community. A hub of development and economic empowerment, the Inkhundla centre will also serve as an accessible venue for hosting educational workshops and facilitating trainings that will empower the residents of Manzini South.
The centre was officially handed over to the Manzini South Inkhundla by the Minister of Tinkhundla Administration & Development during a ceremony held this past Monday.
Speaking on the significance of this structure, Member of Parliament (MP) for Manzini South, Thandi Nxumalo, celebrated this milestone and highlighted the inclusive nature of the centre, stressing that was open to the young and the old.
“I would like to call upon the citizens of Manzini South to make great use of this Inkhundla centre for it has been developed to attend to their needs and better their lives. I encourage the youth to come here so they can be equipped on entrepreneurship and educated on available funding opportunities that they can benefit from through projects such as the Regional Development Fund (RDF),” explained Nxumalo.’
The Minister for Tinkhundla Administration & Development praised the Municipal Council of Manzini for demonstrating astute leadership in supporting the construction of the Manzini South Inkhundla Centre.
“I would like to commend the municipality for being visionaries and further signifying that by ensuring the development of this centre. It is truly no surprise that the city of Manzini has progressed at the rate it has,” said Ngcamphalala.
Reflecting on the challenges encountered over the last two decades in the quest to build an Inkhundla centre for Manzini, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Municipal Council of Manzini, Zweli Maphanga,
“This journey has not been an easy one. Hence, it brings us great joy as a municipality to see this structure today. This land was chosen strategically for the opportunities for expansion and job creation that it presents in its surroundings as evident in the Manzini Trade Hub located right across this centre and the surrounding myriad of economic activities taking place around it,” stated Maphanga.