City Elders pool expertise to help plot PMB’s growth

2009-10-22 00:00

PART of the Msunduzi Innovation and Development team (Midi) is a group known as the Elders. They are 10 respected community figures who have lived in the city for a long time and have played a role in city affairs.

The Elders see their role as being sounding boards and advisers. They have all lived in the city for over 30 years and have been actively involved in its civic life.

The Elders are local businessmen and honorary members of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB): Dem Kambouris; Y.D. Asmall; former CEO Of Hulett Aluminium and founding member of the Safe City Project Des Winship; retired city engineer and CEO of Umgeni Water Graham Atkinson; businessman and Edendale community stalwart Hitler Mbambo; Professor Colin Gardner; struggle veteran and former Msunduzi councillor Truman Magubane; chairperson of the Edendale Land and Ratepayers’ Association and former councillor Leonard Nkosi; retired educationist, sports administrator and community stalwart Babs Sithapersad.

Giving his impressions of the two-day summit, Asmall said there were lots of questions asked during the two days and that the way ahead was to find useful answers. He said he was impressed by the input of the speakers and said they gave a vision that the city could work towards.

Atkinson said the summit revealed the tremendous challenges that the city will have to address in order to succeed. Kambouris felt the diverse impressions and views presented at the summit provided ample building blocks to devise an action plan.


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