On the 18 July 2013, the entire caring South Africa is looking for an opportunity to help, to be meaningful, to reach out to the ones in real difficulty. On Mandela’s birthday uMzumbe Municipality took action, inspiring change by supporting the needy families.
Municipal Councillors, officials from uMzumbe and various government departments join hands in helping seven indigent families living below bread line in different wards of uMzumbe. Xaba family in KwaNomakhanzana ward-15, Mkhungo family in Ntengela ward-05, Shinga family in Mthwalume ward-10, Cele and Khuzwayo families in ward-01, Zuke family at Siphambanweni in ward-02 and Ntobela family in ward-06 were all assisted by the municipality.
Through its poverty alleviation programme, the municipality supported these needy families with food parcels, sleeping mattresses and warm blankets, cooking utilities and further cleansed their houses. The Mayor further states that this would be a ongoing assistance to these needy families, where those who don’t have electricity will be supplied with gel for gel stoves. Through this initiative of Mandela Day, Ntobela family in ward-06 got a new house, built with the assistance of the municipality, Ward Councillor, CWP and community members.
One of the remarkable programmes on this year’s Mandela Day was the clean-up campaign at the Turton taxi rank and the launch of uMzumbe municipality waste programme. Big skip bins were placed in two strategic points in ward-10 and ward-19. This municipal waste programme is one of the beginnings of good things in a new uMzumbe’s Environmental Office.