ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
29 November 2016
 
Executive Committee Decisions
 
ETHEKWINI READY FOR FESTIVE SEASON
 
EThekwini is ready to host the thousands of visitors who will be flocking to the City during the festive season.
 
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said the Festive Season Committee operational plan would be unveiled to showcase the City’s readiness to ensure residents and visitors enjoyed a safe and enjoyable festive season.
 
Briefing members of the Executive Committee today, 29 November, Gumede said the Festive Season Committee (FESMAC) has put all the necessary plans in place.
 
She said the launch to unveil the City’s FESMAC 2016 operation plans will be held on 7 December 2016 in Umlazi.
 
“The launch will showcase our readiness as a City for the festive season. There are 3.7 million people that depend on us and we must ensure we continue with our service delivery programmes,” she said.
 
Meanwhile, Gumede said the City supported the national campaign of 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children.
 
“I invite everyone to be part of activities during the 16 days campaign. But we cannot wait for this campaign, we must make sure we have ongoing campaigns throughout the year to assist vulnerable women and children in our communities,” Gumede added.
 
The 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children is a national initiative to raise awareness of the abuse of women and children. It is held annually from 25 November to 10 December. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Count me in: together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”.
 
Gumede mentioned a disturbing case that had been reported to her office of a 10 year-old girl who had been raped by her father while her mother was at work.
 
“The father was arrested but sent a message to the girl that he was coming back after his time in prison. We need to love our women and children and give them support 365 days a year. We must also protect men who are victims of abuse,” Gumede added.
 
A number of events have been hosted in the City since the beginning of the campaign to educate the public and ensure that we move towards a violence-free society.
 
An event to commemorate the 16 days of activism against women and child abuse will take place at the Thandolwethu community centre, in Ntuzuma E-section tomorrow, 30 November.
 
To show support for people living with HIV/AIDS and in memory of those that have died from the disease, MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube together with the Mayor, Councillor Zandile Gumede will on, 01 December, join millions of people around the world to commemorate World AIDS Day.
 
The day serves as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV as well educate the community about preventing the spread of the disease.
 
On the day of the commemoration, there will be health screenings for TB, HIV testing, pap smear, high blood pressure and many other ailments from 08h00 at Magaba Sports Field, Ntshongweni.
 
The World AIDS Day commemoration ceremony will start at 10h00 also at Mpumalanga Stadium.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
 
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