Peace Flame makes rounds in Durban metro
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:37:22
The Peace Flame which celebrates 20 years of the formation of local government structures in KwaZulu-Natal has finally arrived in the Durban metro.
The flame has done the rounds in all provincial municipalities ahead of the forthcoming local government elections.
The flame symbolises hope for peaceful elections.
Celebrating 16 years, the eThekwini Metro council was formed in 2000.
The flame was taken to Umlazi, Illovo and Umbumbulu areas in the southern parts of the metro.
eThekwini metro council mayor, James Nxumalo says: “We need to celebrate our achievement; that we have achieved over the past 16 years in local government. This is a Flame of Peace is a flame of hope. This is a flame of our prosperity, because there is a lot that we have achieved in the past 16 years.”
Nxumalo used the opportunity to hand over a house to an Illovo resident.
Sithembiso Cele is one of thousands people who will benefit from a new settlement at Illovo south.
Cele is the head of a family of five who has been waiting for decent housing for five years.
“I used to live in a transit camp for over five years and it was a very dirty place. We were just putting up with a lot of bad things until the municipality decided to take us out of that place. I left that place last year in June,” Cele explains.
The council has built more than a 180 houses, but still needs to wipe out a backlog.
It plans to build another 25 000 houses by 2030.
Nxumalo told Illovo residents that plans to electrify all homes were being concluded.