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Lend a helping hand to flood victims

THE recent torrential rains that have left a trail of damage in our Municipality, indicate quite clearly that our planet is warming at an alarming rate. The death toll is now above 70 and I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to all families whose loved ones perished in these rains.

It would be amiss of me not to extend my gratitude to our disaster management teams who had their hands full offering much needed help to our helpless residents. The search and rescue teams worked very hard combing through the rumble in their desperate quest to retrieve bodies buried underneath.

How can we forget NGO’s and other good Samaritans who went all out to lend a hand to scores of our people who were in need? From this human gesture, all of us should draw lessons and if we could continue doing so, our country would be way much better than yesterday. We have already met with our province’s executive and we have reported to them that our Municipality should be declared a disaster area. This meeting came hot on the heels of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu also came down with two trucks laden with relief aid.

The president made an undertaking that treasury will make funds available for us to deal with the aftermath of the disaster. The damage is estimated to be close to R700 million. We would like to sincerely apologise to all our residents for the disruption of the provision of basic services as result of this state of affairs. We are appealing to everyone to partner with us in helping the victims of this calamity.

This may be largely in the form of nonperishable food, sanitary towels, bottled water, clothes, blankets etc. Those willing to help are requested to deposit relief aid at the SABC offices at 100 KE Masinga road. While we were still licking wounds from this disaster, I was very disturbed by our workers who decided embark on an illegal industrial action at our various Water and Water Waste Depots. This happened while our City opened its doors for negotiations. This has resulted in many residents being without water for days. This is unacceptable because our employees are fully aware of internal processes that they should exhaust in the event of grievances than violent means.

On 8 May, I appeal to all our residents to go and vote. This is one of the most important general elections in the history of our country coinciding with the celebrations of 25 years of democracy. Let us be mindful of the fact that the right to vote did not come on a silver platter. Thousands lost their lives or us to be where we are today. To honour such sacrifice it is of paramount importance that we all vote in every election.


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