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January 24
Tourists inject R4.5 billion in eThekwini

LET me express my heartfelt gratitude to eThekwini residents for their unwavering hospitality exhibited during the recent summer holidays. This past festive season, we indeed exceeded all expectations and I am grateful scores of our people benefi ted directly and indirectly.

The City has raked in almost 5 billion which is a considerable amount in contrast with last year. It would be amiss of me not to thank the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) for choosing our City to celebrate its 107th birthday. Had it not been for the warmth of our people, this would not have happened.

At the beginning of the year, we worked very hard to market the Durban. We also ensured that our infrastructure in December was in a position to meet the needs of holiday makers unceasingly. Like in every year, team eThekwini Municipality did not disappoint. Indeed, they have done an astronomical job. Plans are now afoot to ensure that we permanently cement our place as Mzansi’s mecca of tourism.

Our approach moving forward is going to be aggressive. Working together, we will definitely clear any hurdle that could impede tourists to visit our City. We deserve a pat in the back in that we took what most people consider to be one of our country’s failings, and turned it into something that has become a money spinner for our economy and that is township tourism. Our visitors are no longer confined to hotels, malls, beaches and game parks. They now have a choice to visit our townships and our ordinary people are making huge financial gains. It has become a norm that most visitors do not to go back without visiting hangout spots like Max’s Lifestyle and Eyadini Lounge. Families neighbouring these establishments also make a living by charging visitors for parking in their yard. It is therefore of paramount importance that we continue to be hospitable and protect our tourists because tourism is indeed our gold.

In May this year, our country will be having general elections. I would like to urge all of you to take advantage of this weekend as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will open all voting stations for registration. It will also be an opportunity to check if your details are still correct. Those who have relocated elsewhere in the City should visit a voting station near them to furnish the IEC with their addresses. If you are not registered and have no address, you will not be eligible to vote. On Election Day, I call upon everyone to go to the polls and exercise your inalienable democratic right of choosing a political formation of your choice to lead this country. We must not forget that the fruits of democracy that we are enjoying today did not come for free.

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