Young as it is, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality managed to scoop an award with regards to the “Good Governance and Public Participation” key performance area in its Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

In the Back to Basics Launch and IDP Indaba held on 27 January 2017 at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg, the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality was declared to be having the best key performance area in its IDP in regards to Good Governance and Public Participation.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on an annual basis, conducts the IDP assessment on how each municipality responds to the 6 National Key Performance Areas and planned projects around them. The Ray Nkonyeni Municipality was found to have done exceptionally well under this KPA. As a result of this, the RNM received a Certificate of Recognition. The leadership and management would like to thank all those who have contributed to this achievement.​​