FROM PAGE 1Freedom Flame in eThekwini

2016-06-30 06:00
eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo with the Freedom Flame. Photo: supplied

eThekwini mayor James Nxumalo with the Freedom Flame. Photo: supplied

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THOUSANDS joined the two-day celebrations in eThekwini, as the 16 years of local government flame arrived for the final leg of its journey across the province.

Launched a month ago, the flame has criss-crossed the province from Ugu, to Zululand and now entered the final part of its journey.

The first day of the celebrations saw the MEC for Social Development Weziwe Thusi, who was standing in for MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo and Zandile Gumede who is a member of the Exco and mayoral candidate lead the celebrations as they took the flame to various part of the municipality.

Their first stop was the Ngcobo household where they handed over a house in the eTafuleni area, which has over 2000 houses that are being constructed to deal with the housing need of communities.

The flame also visited the Elevate Church in Phoenix and the KwaMashu Methodist Church, where the delegation joined the congregants to pray for peaceful elections in the province and country.

According to Thusi the commencement of local government has meant a huge radical shift in how communities receive services.

“Some of the communities that we walked in today, like eTafuleni, Cleremont, KwaMashu, were arid places that did not have much development but today, we see houses, children playing and healthy communities.”

In his address to hundreds gathered at the Princess Magogo Stadium, Mayor Nxumalo, encouraged communities to play their part in protecting the progress that has been made in the building of better communities.

“The dangers that drug abuse continues to pose to our communities is something that we all have to take action against so that we protect the gains that we have made” said Nxumalo.

The flame continues the tour tomorrow, with areas like Mlazi, Mbumbulu set to join in the celebrations.

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