Lusaka City Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with four municipalities from South Africa namely Ekurhuleni, O.R. Tambo, Alfred Nzo and Mbizana. During the signing ceremony at Nakatindi Hall Civic Centre Lusaka Deputy Mayor Councillor Potipher Tembo said besides the commemoration of the golden jubilee it was yet another joyous occasion for the City of Lusaka to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the four municipalities from South Africa because it was an sign of upholding the historical relationship that existed between Zambia and South Africa dating back to the days of the liberations struggle. “I am ware that Lusaka City Council signed an MoU with Ekurhuleni and O.R. Tambo in 2009 and today we are merely amending the MoU to include Alfred Nzo district to this agreement. May I take this opportunity therefore to welcome Alfred Nzo municipality on board as we endevaour to share experiences, cultural exchange, skills and knowledge to mention a few,” he said.

The Deputy Mayor said what was contained in the statement of intent signed was not going to work if the concerned parties not commit ourselves. “Many are the times when such well drafted documents have been signed but they are left on the shelves to gather dust. I hope and pray that this will not be the case with this cooperation agreement we have signed today. I would like to see a vibrant and roburst relationship going forward. Therefore I want to implore management from all the councils as well as all those mandated to actualise this agreement to ensure that these tasks are implemented, monitored and evaluated at all times,” he said.

And speaking on behalf of the four municipalities, Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Gungubele noted that what was contained in the agreement showed that all had similar challenges therefore it was important for everyone to put heads together in order to improve on service delivery as well as the environment for the people. Mayor Gungubele implored all the parties concerned to start implementing the objectives immediately.