Executive Mayor of Ehlanzeni District Municipality Cllr. J Sidell was born in Mbombela at Kabokweni. She did her primary education at Victory Park Primary School. She then proceeded to Middleburg Combined School where she completed her secondary education. Her tertiary qualifications include among others a diploma in Advanced Municipal Governance from University of Johannesburg, a Project Management course from Wits University as well as an Executive Leadership programme from the University of Pretoria She has extensive experience as an Administrator and Technocrat. She worked for the Department of Health and Social Development as well as the Department of Human Settlement as an Assistant Director and eventually Acting Director responsible for the Human Settlement Ms Sidell is a seasoned politician with vast experience in serving the people. She served in a number of ANC structures as well as Union structures. She is currently the Regional Secretary of Ehlanzeni ANC Women’s League. Her role in second term Local Government started in 2000 where she was elected as a PR Councillor both in Mbombela Local Municipality and Ehlanzeni District Municipality. Eventually she was elected as a speaker of Mbombela Local Municipality from 2011 -
New Year’s Day came with many surprises for newly-
The Executive Mayor’s main mission was to welcome her new citizens in the District as she was in the company of the hospital’s CEO, Mr Marondo Malaza and Doctor in charge of the maternity ward, Dr Kenneth Malope.
Six babies were born at the hospital on the 1st of January 2017, 4 boys and 2 girls.
In her majestic gesture, Cllr Sidell went from bed to bed cuddling and embracing the new born babies and congratulating their mothers for such healthy and beautiful babies. “We are here today, which is the first day of the year, to celebrate with you the birth of special citizens and thanking God that you have delivered healthy babies without any complications.
“I also want to thank the maternity ward staff members for a job well done as daily they are rendering expectant mothers’ service to deliver babies. As I entered this ward, I could hear beautiful voices rendering the song, “It’s a Wonderful Day,” that spurned my inner soul and I was filled with joy even before seeing the babies.
“I urge you to keep on doing the wonderful work with much love and passion as among the babies that you are delivering here, there are future leaders of this country,” she said.
Cllr Sidell further encouraged the mothers of the children to register them on time and have birth certificates. Fortunately, such facilities are available at the hospital through Home Affairs. “No child must exceed 30 days without a birth certificate. Those services, through the government of the day, have been brought forth to all hospitals with operational hours being 08.00-
She emphasized that, “Without a birth certificate, a child cannot access immunization at local clinics. Those immunization cards with all records, play an important role when the children are about to go to crèches and schools, those documents come in handy as they are the identity documents of those children forever”. Another factor which she stressed was that babies should not be deprived of their mother’s breast milk because has proven to be the healthiest and safest feeding for your children.
“We will constantly monitor the growth and progress of these babies. And to the staff, never give up and keep those smiles on your faces always as new-