Premier’s wish: more peace for KZN

2010-12-24 00:00

KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize used his Christmas message to thank the people of the province for their support.

He also thanked his cabinet, members of the provincial parliament, public servants, Alliance partners with the ANC and his political party colleagues.

Mkhize urged the people of KwaZulu-Natal to continue to make this province more peaceful and one that cares for its people. “Let us share whatever we have with those who are less fortunate this festive season — especially on Christmas Day,” he said

The Premier noted that the province had just celebrated the life of Nobel peace prize laureate, Inkosi Albert Mvumbi Luthuli. Mkhize said that Luthuli represented the spirit of ubuntu through his humanity, love, generosity, caring and compassion. “Ubuntu will help us create strong family units that will become building blocks of a society,” he added

Finance MEC Ina Cronjé, meanwhile, used her Christmas message to warn people not to spend what they don’t have.

She said it is that time of the year when it is easy to overspend and end up drowning in debt. She said an average household in South Africa spends 78,2% of its disposable income on debt repayment.

“That means that if your family income is R3 000 per month, you are likely to pay R2 346 on debt repayments. It is very expensive to borrow money because you have to pay back the money plus interest,” she added.

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