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EThekwini Municipality Mayor, Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda Wishes EThekwini Hindu Residents A Happy Diwali and 1860 Anniversary
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Date: 2021-10-03 21:43:26

EThekwini Municipality Mayor, Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda Wishes EThekwini Hindu Residents A Happy Diwali and 1860 Anniversary

ETHEKWINI NEWSFLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
14 NOVEMBER 2020
 
EThekwini Municipality Mayor, Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda Wishes EThekwini Hindu Residents A Happy Diwali and 1860 Anniversary
 
The leadership of eThekwini Municipality wishes all Hindu residents a Happy Diwali celebration. This celebration comes at a time when our nation is grappling with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic which continues to put a huge strain in our lives.
 
We join our fellow citizens in this important celebration because as a people and a country striving to build a more cohesive and united nation, we recognise that it is our cultural diversity that makes us strong and uniquely South African.
 
As families gather to celebrate the festival of lights and share this special moment, we would like to encourage you all to respect the COVID-19 health protocols by observing social distance, wearing masks and washing hands. This is the only way we are going turn the tide against the spread of this invisible virus.
 
It is true that we cannot imagine our city without the cultural diversity that is richly enhanced by all our citizens. We are truly a melting pot of cultures and we must all work together to build a better life for all.
 
We are a nation that draws inspiration from leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi who both taught us that it is possible to unite in peace and build a strong nation.
 
Diwali teachings of removing darkness to bring light in our life, remove negativity to bring positivity must be the guiding principles for us as leaders. It is critical that we understand our mandate so that our actions will help drive development.
 
We also note that these celebrations coincide with the commemoration of 160 years since the arrival of the first Indians in South Africa. As we commemorate this important event, we must honour the men and women who – against their wishes were put on ships to unknown lands only to be exploited in the sugarcane fields of South Africa.
 
Despite the hardship and oppressive rule experienced by those who arrived for the first time on these shores, today we celebrate triumph over evil brought by colonialism and the injustices of the past.
 
We wish you and your families happiness and prosperity during this time of celebration. Happy Diwali!
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the Office of the Mayor. For more information, kindly contact Mayoral Spokesperson Mluleki Mntungwa on 060 974 1140