Residents of Zwelihle met the Executive Mayor on Monday, 29 October 2018, as part of his “meet and greet walkabouts” initiatives.
The Executive Mayor accompanied by Cllrs Elnora Gillion, Cllr, Andrew Komani and Cllr Lindile Ntsabo engaged with residents of Zwelihle and listened to different groups within the community. Mayor’s first brief was in front of the old police station recently burned down and thereafter; proceeded to Siyazama elderly home.
Elderly people had an opportunity to talk to the mayor and expressed concerns regarding recent problems in the community we would like to see the municipality visiting our area continuing. As elderly, this is a crucial time for us and we appreciate any visit by the municipality especially the Executive Mayor”, expressed concerned elderly.
Walkabout continued with the visit to the sports field to meet a young man, MZi, as he known in the community, a boxing coach in Zwelihle, is a mentor to 40 young boxers from Zwelihle. One of his students is a national champion and a gold medallist from Qhayiya secondary school. Mzi expressed his appreciation of the Mayor’s visit with his team.
The group proceeded to old Zwelihle and stopped at Nama street which is an oldest street in Zwelihle. Here they were approached by a resident, who indicated a need for a street light in Nama street for visibility at night.
The last stop of the walkabout was the RDP house, the group was welcomed by Fikiswa Gxamesi and William Ntebe at their newly revamped coffee shop situated in the premises.
The coffee shop at RDP goes far beyond just a coffee shop, there are also other activities and businesses taking place. The Mayor and the team had an opportunity to sit in the Kraal and experience the relaxed mood felt by those who use it on
Friday evenings in front of fire to discuss issues pertaining to Zwelihle. The trip was closed off with a cup of coffee enjoyed by all who visited.
Picture from RDP coffee shop are from left front row: Cllr Lindile Ntsabo, Executive Mayor, Dudley Coetzee, Deputy Mayor, Elnora Gillion and Cllr Andrew Komani.
Back row from left are: William Ntebe and Fikiswa Gxamesi owners of Youth Café situated at RDP and staff members.