Colourful parade livens up city

2010-05-08 00:00

THE City of Choice came to a standstill yesterday when main roads were blocked to allow for a street carnival to encourage the people of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality(UMDM) to support Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The municipality hosted a colourful street carnival themed “Football Friday Activation” to bring back hope for the people of the embattled Msunduzi Municipality.

While people were happy with the carnival, Bheko Khanyile, a 22-year-old who hails from Mooi River, told Weekend Witness: “While the carnival is a nice gesture from the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, one wonders where the money is coming from because as we currently speak uMsunduzi Municipality has no money to run efficiently.

“We don’t need extravagant events for 2010 World Cup awareness campaigns because we can do better things with the money that is being wasted here.”

Speaking to the Weekend Witness, UMDM Mayor, councillor Yusuf Bhamjee, said: “We forged a partnership with various role players, most of them are coming to a party to ensure that the 2010 World Cup is a success for the uMgungundlovu District Municipality and its family of seven municipalities.

“We are hoping that this carnival fever that the people of the City of Choice have witnessed will radiate throughout the length and breadth of the entire district,” said Bhamjee.

He called on all citizens to fly the national flag with pride, and welcome the 2010 football bonanza with lots of uMgungundlovu and South African hospitality.

A UKZN BCom Accounts second-year student attending the carnival said: “The World Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and even though I’m from Newcastle I’m happy for the City of Choice. And I love what they are doing to promote the spirit of togetherness ahead of this world soccer spectacular.”

CEO of Umvithi Youth Development, Mthobisi Mkhize, said: “We would like to thank the UMDM for affording youngsters the opportunity of being part of the legacy of the 2010 World Cup. Seeing such excitement among the kids makes us proud of the UMDM as well as stakeholders and teachers who made this day a great success.”

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