Midi seeks children’s views on city growth

2008-06-23 00:00

A programme to get children’s views on how the city should be governed was launched at the Msunduzi Municipality Library yesterday.

The Msunduzi Innovation and Development Institute (Midi), in partnership with the municipality, the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) and the University of KZN, launched the Children’s City 2020 initiative, which also seeks their views on how to improve education and to involve them in business.

“Children have big voices if you are prepared to listen. They are the future. They have dreams, visions and hopes and we need to promote their well being,” said Midi task team leader Carol Mitchell.

Primary and high school pupils from different backgrounds were invited to the launch so as to provide diverse perspectives.

Midi interim manager Monique Salomon said children can be inspired if their ideas are listened to.

Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo urged children to start planning for their future now.

Nomfundo Ncobeni, in grade 11 at St Nicholas Diocesan School, said she would like to see a positive change in security. She said this is important for girls who want to go out at night without the fear of being raped.

Young people who did not want to voice their views were encouraged to write them down.


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