16 July 2013
MEC: Champion Willies Mchunu
All: Members of Parliament
The District Mayor: Cllr D Mazibuko
The Deputy Mayor: Cllr SR Mfusi
All Councillors Present
Management: Department of Transport, Community Safety & Liaison
Officials: Operation Sukuma Sakhe
Greetings to you all
The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. "Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day."
Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals - for people everywhere - to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.
In June 2008, it was decided that there could be nothing more fitting than to celebrate Mr Mandela`s birthday each year with a day dedicated to his life`s work and that of his charitable organisations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever.
It gives me great pleasure to be embarking on this year`s initiative in partnership with the Department of Transport, Community Safety & Liaison and Operation Sukuma Sakhe.
Today we are gathered here to do our bit as a contribution to Mandela Day.
Last year on Mandela Day, Operation Sukuma Sakhe paid a visit to Gogo Hlatshwayo who resides in ward 10. Upon profiling it was discovered that her house was in no condition for a person to be living in, there was no electricity box in the house, no fencing was visible, she had no windows and she had no form of income, not even pension.
We took it upon ourselves to make sure that we could help as much as we could and today the house is in a much better condition. There is an electricity box, the house was painted and she now receives a grant.
To finish off what we started, today we will be fencing Gogo Hlatshwayo`s house.
Last year when Ladysmith was hit by a heavy storm that left many in distress and with damaged houses, we were saddened to see what was happening. While the process of construction of the storm damaged houses took place, it was only right that we paid a visit to the elderly citizens to make sure that they were alright. Walking sticks and blankets were handed out and this year we are honoured to have them here with us again.
Reinvesting in our society is part of our motto and involving our employees who are passionate about giving something back brings us closer to the communities.
Thank you all for joining us today and may you all enjoy the rest of your Mandela Day.
I thank you