Residents from all areas of the Bitou local municipality celebrated Freedom day, hosted by the municipality at the KwaNokuthula sports ground on, Monday 28 April 2014.
This event was used as a time of reflection on how this democracy was achieved. Honorable Minister Mr. Bonginkosi Madikizela (Minister of Human Settlements) and the Honorable Minister Mr. Donald Grant (Minister of Education) graced this event with their presence.
In the keynote address, delivered by Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, he explained comprehensively to the community members on how this democracy was achieved and how our fallen heroes have fought for it. He further said “we must never forget that all our fallen heroes fought with their hands out in order for us to be where we are today and who we are today. How can I forget the first president of our democratic South Africa and the late father of our rainbow nation Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, through his leadership and his administration he has laid the foundation for transformation of our country from apartheid to a non-racial, non-sexist, striving and vibrant constitutional democratic country.”
Minister Donald Grant who also had an opportunity to interact with the crowd said: “We are now proudly South Africans. We need to nourish this democracy that we have today.”
The Executive Mayor Cllr. Memory Booysen was optimistic in his address to the citizens of this town with the progress that the Bitou Municipality has made during the past two decades of democracy and moreover from 2011 until the current financial year. The Executive Mayor highlighted various milestones that were reached during the latter, turnaround strategies which had to be implemented to improve our financial situation, service delivery standards and times which had been improved.
He further emphasized that Bitou Municipality is an inspiration to other developmental municipalities who are still seeking resolutions on conflicts and is proud of this remarkable achievement at the municipal level.Last published 30 March 2016