Many queries about Umvoti’s Heritage Day ‘Fare’

2017-10-04 06:02
Cllr TC Ngubane accompanied by Exco member Cllr TL Gwala and Acting Municipal Manager Mrs TN Ngiba view the work of participating exhibitors from Siyazama Project Primary Co-operative in Ngome.

Cllr TC Ngubane accompanied by Exco member Cllr TL Gwala and Acting Municipal Manager Mrs TN Ngiba view the work of participating exhibitors from Siyazama Project Primary Co-operative in Ngome.

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IN a statement at the Exco meeting last Friday, the mayor, Thami Ngubane, said the objective of Umvoti Heritage Day celebrations was to launch a nation-building platform uniting all sectors of Umvoti in their diversity.

The mayor can only be praised for such a worthwhile commitment to the communities he leads and serves, but at the same time a lot of unanswered queries need to be addressed:

• Why was the decision to hold such an event only taken in the last two weeks - the mayor commented on the lack of participation from all sectors, but this was due largely to the short notice and not an unwillingness to take part.

Schools, churches, sporting bodies, etc., and families, have set schedules to follow, and many activities and dates have been set at the start of the year and people plan accordingly.

Furthermore, government schools broke up last Friday while private schools opened again this week.

Likewise businesses, craft people, artists, etc., need more than a few days notice (social media was used the previous week), but last week emails were sent to the database only on Tuesday, allowing little time to get products, stalls, etc., organised.

• During the discussion about this event at the Exco  meeting Alderman Maharaj queried what the budget was for the event.

Acting municipal manager Sphindile Ngiba, in response to this repeated question, said that an amount could not be given there and then, but Exco would be informed after the event.

The mayor and the acting MM stated that the event had been included in the budget, but that it was not possible to give the budget at the Exco meeting.

However, the acting MM assured members they would be informed this week of the cost of this event.

• If compared with the Umvoti Municipality Youth Day function, the cost of which was just over half a million, this was on a larger scale. The Greytown Gazette will publish this information as soon as it is available.

A press release issued by Siqalokuhle Media on behalf of the municipality states:

“Umvoti Municipality hosted it's annual Heritage Day Fair on Saturday 30 September.
“The celebrations which began at the Community Services Centre, kicked off with a stellar parade of residents from various cultures donning their cultural attires.

This procession, which ended at King Edward Park where the rest of the fair was held, was led by Mayor Cllr TC Ngubane, who was also clad in his traditional Zulu gear.
“Although only in its first year, the fair was well attended with local businesses benefiting full exposure from the community at large.

“A call was previously made for locals to exhibit cultural crafts, clothing and cuisine and numerous businesses owners responded to the call.
“The mayor, Cllr TC Ngubane expressed his dismay, however, at the lack of partici- pation from certain
cultural groups saying this hindered social cohesion and denied others the opportunity to learn about these cultural groups, which would in turn ensure respect and understanding for various cultures.
“Mayor Cllr TC Ngubane went on to add that Heritage Month was a reminder to all Africans to never forget they are children of the soil and encouraged residents to make an effort to learn about their ancestral roots and pass on that knowledge to the youth to ensure that the flame of each culture is preserved and kept alive.”


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The mayor can only be praised for such a worthwhile commitment to the communities he leads and serves, but at the same time a lot of unanswered queries need to be addressed ...

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