KNYSNA NEWS - Knysna Municipality was one of the numerous entities that took part in the 10th celebration of Mandela Day this year, as they visited 11 sites from Smutsville to Karatara to Hornlee to Concordia – and everywhere in between – on 18 July.
One of the municipality's largest projects on the day was the repairing of potholes in every ward, as they set numerous people to work throughout the day to repair and fill the hordes of potholes strewn across Greater Knysna's roads.
While these teams were hard at work fixing potholes, the mayor, deputy mayor, municipal manager and several other municipal directors, managers, and councillors were conducting site visits all around the Greater Knysna area.
The first visit of the day was to a site in Smutsville, where the Armoed family, who had been awaiting housing for more than 20 years, finally received the letter from the municipality stating they would be receiving a home in Rooikrans Avenue. The letter was handed over by mayor Mark Willemse, as well as Ward 1 councillor Levael Davis, much to the delight of the family.
Thereafter came a visit to Karatara, where Willemse turned the first sod on a site along Bougainvillea Avenue, adjacent to the Karatara municipal offices, where 200m of open ground would be turned into housing using new innovative materials from Cape Island Homes. The mayor and other dignitaries then moved on to Rheenendal, to pay a visit to the community's vegetable garden to plant some veggies before walking over the road to the library where they joined community members for talks and a heartwarming rendition of the national anthem.
The mayor would visit only a couple more sites on the day, but in his absence deputy mayor Aubrey Tsengwa visited the others, including several pothole-fixing sites and housing projects around Knysna.
The municipality also held a soup-and-clothes drive at the Waste-by-Rail station on Saturday 20 July, which provided some much-needed relief from the horrible weather that struck Knysna on the day.
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