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April 23
Let these Easter holidays be road carnage free

THE Easter Weekend is upon us and as a result, South Africans in their large numbers will undertake various journeys to religious pilgrimages, holidays with others conducting their routine business activities.

These holidays are very sacred to the Christian faith. As the City we are grateful to have multitudes of South Africans making Durban their home this time of the year. It is why without fail; we pull all the stops to ensure that we are in a position to meet the needs of our visitors unwaveringly. As a leader, I am extremely concerned about accidents that happen on our roads during holidays. This state of affairs on our roads is unacceptable and it must be dealt with aggressively.

It is so rampant that as the public we have become so used to it. It is worrying because government spends millions on road safety campaigns but our province by virtue of being a holiday destination, continues to account for a substantial number of road deaths. We have just emerged from Human Rights month and I think it is high time that we elevate road safety high on the agenda as a human rights issue. What we together did to apartheid must be repeated to road carnages on the country’s roads.

April is one of the important months in the history of the republic as it was on 27 April 1994 when black South Africans voted for the first time. The day was deservedly declared Freedom Day. We are very grateful that our City is hosting the provincial leg of Freedom Day celebrations. This will take place at King Zwelithini Stadium in uMlazi and the key note address is expected to be delivered by Premier Willies Mchunu. Let us spread the word and mobilise as many people as possible to fill up the stadium. It is a must that every South African must celebrate this day for it saved our country that was pushed closer to the precipice by the old order. Had it not been for that day, this country would today be a pinnacle of instability.

To say thank you to all freedom fighters living and departed, all of us who are registered to vote, must do so on 8 May. As the City we are noting the concerns raised by our residents with regard to proposed increase on our tariffs. Indeed, our residents have a reason to be aggrieved but the city is left with no option but to make these proposals. We should all be mindful of the fact that for instance, we buy water from uMngeni Water while we are supplied electricity by Eskom. Both these companies have increased their prices. As result the City’s failure to hike tariffs, could sound its death knell.

The 2019/20 budget hearings, where these issues are going to be dissected, have already commenced. We urge residents to make their voices heard by participating in the consultative meetings. I would like to wish you all pleasant Easter holidays.

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