uThukela scoops yet another excellence award

uThukela District Municipality has once again scooped another prestigious award at the KZN Premier’s Service Excellence Awards for ‘Best Public Service Innovation/Creativity of the Year’ for developing an Interactive Tourism Website.

The municipality received the Bronze Award during the ceremony that was held on Thursday, July 20, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. Premier Mr W Mchunu, MECs, mayors, deputy mayors, speakers, municipal managers, heads of department and officials in the public services around the province attended the event.

The Premier’s Service Excellence Awards is one of the milestone calendar events in KZN that inspires a commitment to service delivery. It is held annually to celebrate the heroes and heroines in the KZN government that hold the banner of excellence high. The principle of Batho Pele continues to be a rallying call to entrench a service culture of excellence.

uThukela District Municipality was recognised for developing an Interactive Tourism Website, which is the first of its kind according to KZN Tourism. The uThukela Tourism Website allows users to view tourism offerings, investment opportunities, an online brochure and a photo gallery.

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Users can also interact in the interactive map and do an analysis on what is near to their locations, as well as find the fastest route and travel times to get there.

Accepting the Bronze Award on behalf of uThukela was Mayor AS Mazibuko, Deputy Mayor NW Sibiya, Speaker DCP Mazibuko, General Manager for the Department of Social and Economic Services Mr NZ Khuzwayo, Senior Manager for Social and Economic Services Mr W Viljoen, Tourism Officer Ms Z Ntshingela and GIS Specialist Mr C van Niekerk.

The website was launched in April this year and was given a thumbs-up by the tourism fraternity, community tourism organisations, EDTEA and KZN Tourism, who have all pledged continuous support and assistance from tourism businesses and other key stakeholders. To visit the website, go to www.uthukelaexperience.co.za

Mr Khuzwayo stressed that the website is only the first phase of this project, as the department is planning to launch the second phase before the end of the municipal financial year.

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Saish Motheram

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