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Social Services and Development Planning

Executive Director: Ms Ntombifuthi Nomvuselelo Fortunate Buthelezi

Executive Director

Ms Ntombifuthi Nomvuselelo Fortunate Buthelezi has been appointed as the new Executive Director for Social Development and Planning in the Harry Gwala District Municipality commencing in the position as of November 2022.

Buthelezi possess a Masters in urban and regional planning, amongst many qualifications, from the University of Free State. Other notable qualifications that Buthelezi has obtained include:

  • Baccalaureus of Spatial Planning Honours from University of Free State.
  • Honours BA in Public Administration from the University of South Africa.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Pretoria.
  • National Diploma in Surveying from the then M.L. Sultan Technikon (now Durban University of Technology (DUT)

The new Director has vast experience in government having worked for KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional; Affairs (KZN-COGTA) as the Director Project Implementation and Institutional Support under Municipal LED Support. She was also at the helm of Project Management for the Small Towns Rehabilitation Programme; Corridor Development Programme and Rural LED which was an initiative by Amakhosi. Buthelezi also worked for the uBuhlebezwe Local Municipality as the Director for Social Development.

She has vast experience in LED Institutional Support to District Development Agencies and Municipalities, Development Partnerships and Sector support Programmes; project management in Local Economic Development, Strategic LED Planning and implementation and stakeholder management and Public Participation revolving around Ward Committees, Operation Sukuma Sakhe, Aids Committees. Her tasks as the Director for Social Development in her previous employment also included the overall management of Waste Management, Parks and Verges, Cemeteries; Libraries and Community Service Centres, Community Safety Services such as Traffic Management, Fire and Disaster Services.

She oversaw Special Programmes as well including Youth, Sports Development, Children and Disability.

In 2012 Buthelezi worked at the Emakhazeni Local Municipality as the Deputy Manager LED and IDP also in the same year she worked for the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) as Programme Manager Municipal Finance, Economic Development and Municipal Planning . From February 1997 August 2009 Buthelezi worked in the Department of Land Affairs as a Student Technician to Deputy Director Technical Services in Gauteng, Western Cape and Mpumalanga Surveyor General’s Offices.

Disaster Management

Any reference to the term disaster risk management incorporates the term disaster management as per the NDMF.

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    Development and Planning

    Click on the pdf below for the comprehensive Planning document of Harry Gwala District Municipality.

    Sport and Recreation

    Sport & Recreation Unit is responsible for encouraging the culture of play to the people of Harry Gwala District especially young people because it keeps them away from drugs, alcohol, robbery etc. that may embark on others unaware.

    Sport & Recreation Unit in Harry Gwala works hand in hand with the officials that are attached by the Department of Sport and Recreation to Harry Gwala District; Sport Confederation; Federations and the local municipalities of its jurisdiction i.e. Greater Kokstad; UMzimkhulu; UBuhlebezwe; Ingwe and KwaSani.

    Harry Gwala District Municipality participates on the following sport codes: athletics; basketball; boxing; dance-sport; football; golf; indigenous games; karate; netball; rugby; swimming; table tennis; tennis; volleyball; rural horse riding known as umtelebhelo.