MANDELA FEVER HITS LAMONTVILLE
By: Mthobisi Nozulela
Hundreds of Lamontville residents braved the cold weather in the early hours of the morning to clean the streets and their area in honor of the late President Nelson Mandela.
Residents were woken up with the sounds of vuvuzelas, which were used to encourage people to wake up and participate in the cleaning of the streets. After the vuvuzela sounds, people started arriving in the streets with their own cleaning equipment and started cleaning.
This initiative was attended by Mbuso Dlamini, chief executive officer (CEO) of youth empowerment who said that events like these should be done regularly and not only on Mandela Day.
“It is huge honor to take part in this event that is led by young people. In this country we need young people who are ready to make a difference not just on Mandela Day but every day, we need young people who are ready to lead,” Dlamini said.
Residents sung and danced while cleaning the streets but after the cleaning was done, everyone descended to Kwa-Gijima Sport Grounds to take part in various sports and activities such as Soccer, Netball and cultural dances.
Thamsanqa Hlophe, a resident in Lamontville, said that he was humbled by the amount of respect shown by the people of Lamontville and urged them to continue with ensuring that they contribute in making a better place for all.
Majority of Lamontville residents who participated in the event said that they will now start cleaning their streets every month to ensure that their area remains clean.