16-Year Freedom flame in Greytown tomorrow

2016-06-01 06:00

MARKING 16 years of democratic local government the Freedom flame will be in Umvoti tomorrow, Thursday 2 June.

The flame started its journey of travelling through the 61 KZN municipalities in Ugu District, which was chosen as the best performing district in KZN having recorded the most number of clean audits in its six local municipalities.

Umzimyathi proceedings started on 31 May when the flame was officially handed to the district mayor, local mayors amakhosi and key stakeholders.

Today, 1 June Umzinyathi dignitaries and guests visited four projects in the area and then will take part in the main event in the Mpumelelo stadium in Dundee with a series of addresses after the lighting of the flame.

At 2 pm the flame will be formally handed over to Umvoti Municipality and transported to the Greytown Police Station.

On Thursday 2 June the flame and dignitaries will arrive at Greytown Council Chamber between 8.30am and 9am. From 9.30am guests will visit the following projects:

Muden water, Ngome electrification, 497 housing, 497 electrification and Matimatolo housing project.

The main meeting will take place at 12pm at Busane Stadium, Matimatolo, where a number of speeches will be given with the keynote address by Mr V.C. Xaba, MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development.

At 2pm the flame will be handed over to Msinga Municipality.

On Friday 3 June projects to be visited are Msinga bulk water and Msinga road construction followed by a meeting in the community hall, and then addresses. The flame then gets handed to Nquthu Municipality with a similar programme in the Mpulelelweni community hall.

Finally the Umzinyathi dignitaries hand the flame to Amajuba District Municipality on Saturday 4 June at 2pm.

It has been 21 years since the advent of democracy and 16 years into the operation of a new local government dispensation.

It is also worth mentioning that local government has not only survived a fundamental restructuring over the past 16 years, it has also made great strides towards extending service delivery and development to marginalised communities.

In 16 years, local government has emerged from being an institution that was subservient and illegitimate to an institution with democratically elected leadership, who have constitutional status and a developmental agenda.

As expectations of local government service delivery have risen, it has also become evident that the broader transformation of local government is by no means complete.

Noticeable progress has been made in improving the lives of our communities since the establishment of local government.

Our task, going forward, is to work tirelessly in addressing the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

It is for this reason that as part of the celebrations of 16 years of democratic local government and beyond, we will be mobilising our communities behind the National Development Plan: Vision- 2030, as our collective response to the challenges faced by the communities.

The 16 years of democratic local government celebrations will officially start with a launch in our district under the Umuziwabantu Local Municipality-.

Ugu District has been given the nod to host the launch because our district has recorded the most number of clean audits among its local municipalities in the latest conducted audit outcomes.

This makes Ugu District the best performing district in KZN.

The celebrations will showcase and highlight achievements of the democratic government over the past 16 years by carrying the "celebration flame" to the six local municipalities in the district.

These celebrations will also seek to mobilise all communities, government departments and agencies, organised labour, business, civil society, the media, faith-based organisations and the academic fraternity in the realisation of 16 years of local democratic government development towards the attainment of the noble principle of "people shall govern".

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