Ray Nkonyeni Municipality has started with the development of the plan to support Vision 2036 known as the Municipal Growth and Development Strategy, which will allow the community to have a say on what kind of municipality they want to see in 20 years’ time.

This Municipal Growth and Development Strategy is in line with the Vision and the Mission Statement which was adopted by Council and it seeks to develop a roadmap that will take the municipality to its visualized destination.

The Municipality is of the view that the plan will encompass various strategies to deal with the issues of service delivery which will also be aligned to the national, provincial and regional development plans.

Key amongst issues entailed in this plan is the fact that the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality will be developed into being a Smart City, which will see towns like Port Shepstone and Margate being rejuvenated to be Information Communication Technology (ICT) friendly towns. Furthermore to strengthen the promotion of tourism, renovation of key strategic municipal buildings and consolidation of municipal services into one office precinct and shaping the look and beautification of the environment to attract investment into the area will be key. The municipality is also working with DBSA and has adopted its Electricity Master Plan. The municipality is also in the process of working on its Road Master Plan which will see extensive investment into its electrical and road network infrastructure. This Vision 2036 was a brain-child of the Strategic Planning session held by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality political and administration components in November 2016 in Richards Bay, initiating a process which culminated in the adoption of the vision, a blueprint in guiding development in the next twenty years. Currently this long term plan is being taken for consultation to various forums and is a subject of extensive public participation.

Issued by:
Simon M April
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communication
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality
10 Connor Street
Port Shepstone
+27 39 688 2056
+27 72 057 5387
+27 86 529 7121
Simon.April@rnm.gov.za / Simon.Apri95@gmail.com