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2016-06-17 06:00
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Greetings to the people of Kokstad

JUNE 16 Celebration

June 16 is recorded in the history of South Africa as a turning point in the South African education system and also shows education was used to advance the oppression of the black person. On 16 June 1976, the students in Soweto put their pens down and embarked on a peaceful march against Afrikaans being used as a medium of instruction across all schools. On the 16 June this year we commemmorate 40 years since the Soweto Uprising took place.

Nowadays we view June 16 as a day where we want to see the youth taking action in advancing the growth of South African Economy which will see the country eradicate poverty and unemployment. To commemorate June 16 as GKM we hosted the Mayoral Tournament.

We are of the view that sport has a potential to unite people of different races and be a weapon to fight alcohol and substance abuse. The youth of 1976 took a leading role in their liberation after teachers and SGBs had failed. In line with the national theme, “Youth moving South Africa forward,” I urge the youth of Kokstad and surrounding areas to lead transformation and make it their call to make Kokstad a viable city.

Progress on Phase-6 Roads

As part of fulfilling what we promised during our IDP road shows, the community of Kokstad will soon have their IDP requests answered by the municipality. We are in the final stages of construction of Phase-6 roads which include ,amongst others, Coulter, Backlay, Barker and mid-block roads.

Although the contractor is behind schedule, they are pushing as hard as they can to finish the projects. As we always say if it was for our wishes all roads would have been rehabilitated but the budget is not allowing us to do all of them. We are proud to say that even our locations have new roads after completing Horseshoe and Shayamoya Roads.

People must be assured other roads are on the pipeline. We are also in contact we the Department of Transport with regards to the rehabilitation of Hope Street. All developments on that matter will be communicated with the public.

Openning of municipal facilities

This is once again a reminder that tomorrow, on 18 June, we will be officially opening the Youth Centre in Extension7 Hall and Kokstad Town Hall. These facilities will be used by the people of Kokstad, especially the youth on activities to empower and strengthen their capabilities. Also on the day we will be handing out prizes to winners of the Mayoral Tournament at an event that will be held at Kokstad Town Hall. The purpose of handing these prizes is to award excellence and also to motivate young athletes in our local area. The event will start at 10am.

I urge the people of Kokstad to come out in numbers. Lastly, I want to thank Mr Nyaniso Msiya who has been acting for the past three months. He has done a tremendous job and I will continue to work hard on what he has left. Our common goal of changing the lives of Kokstad people is continuing.

Siyaqhuba. Enkosi.

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