Amahlathi Local Municipality
Keilands Outreach Event
The Municipality hosted an adopt a school event at the village of Keilands on the 19th May 2016. The purpose was to encourage child protection and the preservation of the traditional circumcision ceremony. The outreach initiative had support sponsorship from the Municipality and the South African Security Agency (SASSA).The representatives together with the municipality provided packages to assist the community during the winter season.
The outreach initiative provided school shoes for the children together with latches, windows, vaccination of dogs, soccer team shirts, winter blankets for the old and food packages for community members. The councillors immediately dealt with community concerns and provided feedback from the post municipal attempts in providing electricity and water for the community.
The traditional leader’s main concern was the discouragement of circumcision during the winter season. This is due to the high risk of infections, illnesses, infertility and death associated with the ceremony. It is therefore important for the Municipality and Social Welfare to work together with the community in protecting and preserving our tradition.
Nothing about us without us was the slogan of the day at the Human Rights awareness held by Amahlathi Local Municipality for people living with disability at Mlungisi Community Commercial Park in Stutterheim.
The purpose of the day was to empower and highlight the rights of the physical challenged people and also to fight discrimination against them. The programme was a joint venture between the Municipality and other stakeholders such as the Department of Social Development. There were a number of speakers who were focusing on opportunities that are available for people living with disability, such as computer courses offered for those with grade 12 certificates. Ms Ziyanda Ntengu from Supply Chain Management further advised them to register companies so they could be able to get into the database of the municipality so they be able do business with the municipality as an initiative of boosting the Local Economic Development.
Amongst those people who attended the event was Mr Xhanya the Chairperson of the Disabled Forum who stated that the Amahlathi Local Municipality has helped the forum in so many ways hence they had solid relations as the forum with the Municipality. He maintained the fact that when you are physically challenged there are certain things that one is unable to do such as participating in some sport activities. The Disabled Forum has given hope to those who had lost it and also being disabled does not mean the end of the world but opens opportunities for those who still wish to pursue their dreams.
The forum has members who are part of the Amahlathi Goal Ball Team for the blind, which participants in games in the District and Provincial level and the last games were hosted by Amahlathi Team in Stutterheim. This proves nothing is impossible “Nothing about us without us”.