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Kouga set to honour Madiba's legacy

12 July 2016

FOUR big programmes will take place in Kouga over the next few days in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day.

Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated annually across the world on 18 July, the birth day of South Africa’s founding father.

Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas said the municipality would be marking the day by hosting and partnering in four programmes aimed at changing people's lives for the better.

The first programme will take place on Thursday, 14 July, at 10am at the Kruisfontein Civics Centre in Humansdorp, with Social Development MEC, Nancy Sihlwayi, leading a roadshow to introduce the Department's nutrition programme, called the “Community Nutrition Development Centre” (CNDC), and the Winter Feeding Programme to communities.

“The CNDC programme aims to fight poverty and boost food security by teaching and encouraging communities to produce vegetables that will be used to feed themselves and their families,” the Mayor said.

The second programme will take place on Sunday, 17 July, and Monday, 18 July, when Clr Timothy Meleni hosts his annual Nelson Mandela Day Outreach at Tokyo Sexwale and Pellsrus.

Participants will paint the homes of five families in need. One of the houses will also have windows installed and general repairs done.

Blankets and clothes will also be distributed, with the focus on the elderly. A general clean-up, in which community participation is encouraged, will round off the programme.

The Mayor said that the main Kouga Mandela Day programme would take place at KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp, on Monday, 18 July. The municipality will be working with the Department of Water and Sanitation, with the programme starting at the KwaNomzamo Community Hall at 9am.

“The purpose of the day is to clear and clean up a dangerous and polluted vlei area, located next to Mzingisi Primary School,” she said. “The vlei has become a hide-out for criminals and is a threat to the health of safety of the children and other residents.”

The fourth programme will focus on Hankey.

The Mayor said the municipality had committed itself to repairing the house of Claudia Antoni, the Hankey woman who was brutually raped and murdered along with her 6-year-old niece Lukishia Plaatjies, in August 2014.

The perpetrators, who set fire to the house after the murders, were recently found guilty and given life sentences.

“We do not expect to start the actual repair of the house this month, however, the costing and logistics for the work will be completed. It has been almost two years since the murders took place, but the family is still healing. We want them to know that they and their deceased loved ones are still in our hearts,” she said.

All residents are invited to participate in the programmes in celebration of Tata Madiba's legacy. The 2016 themes are “Food Security”, “Shelter and Infrastructure”, “Environment” and “Education and Literacy”.