Msunduzi invests in the youth

2015-07-29 06:00

INVESTING in the youth, with education being at the top of Msunduzi Municipality’s agenda, there were many investments in the form of sponsorships made to the youth at a recent Executive meeting.

The municipality approved “bridge-funding” of R880 550 for the participation of the Msunduzi dance group, Umuzi we Nkosi, in the CIOFF Youth Cultural Exchange Programme in Italy which began on 27 July and ends on 17 August.

Municipal manager, Mxolisi Nkosi, said the funding was only to assist the dance group because of the urgency of their departure and the municipality will receive funding, once approved, from the Department of Arts and Culture and the national lottery.

Keeping in line with Pietermaritzburg’s Bike-City status, Msunduzi Municipality also approved funds to host a civic reception for the 2015 Confederation of African Cycling Forum at the city hall on 6 August.

Although the strategic management committee recommended to Exco that funds for the uMvithi Rural Youth Development Foundation be denied in fear of setting a precedent, members at the meeting said the municipality should do what it can to invest in the youth and funds of R12 500 were approved to pay for transport, entry tickets and meals for 15 of the participants.

One of the biggest, and most debated issue of funding at the Exco meeting, was the funds requested for musical equipment for Pietermaritzburg musical protégé, Luthando Jackson to the tune of R37 426.

The Grade 4 Epworth Preparatory pupil will receive funding from the municipality.

The letter was debated at Exco after the strategic management committee recommended that the request be denied for fear of setting a precedent however, Exco member, Jabu Ngubu, counter-proposed that the funds be granted saying it was important for the municipality to invest and nurture young talent.

This divided the house and it went down to the vote, and funding was approved

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