You go Makana
At a ceremony during the National Arts Festival 2016, Executive Mayor Nomhle Gaga said the Festival could be held up as a blueprint for a positive, viable South Africa.
She cited the excitement we all felt at the influx of visitors, the harmony we mixed together in and the joy of celebrating the arts. People from all walks of life interacted and thronged the streets of our City. The positive atmosphere of all those people coming together and rubbing shoulders in the streets showed us the way to a South Africa we could all enjoy.
Grahamstown has had a very mixed year with the student protests at the heart of our dissent. The municipality has also suffered mixed fortunes this year, but despite a history of poor administration and ailing finances, they managed an orderly election and Gaga has resumed her role as Mayor, vowing to keep a firm hand on her ship.
The municipal team are tackling problems from errant donkeys to potholes, water outages, to massive overtime bills. They mean business and we must support their efforts.
Outside of Makana Municipality, there are positive developments: the vibe of the Creative City project, the Grahamstown Residents Association, the Business Forum - all parties are working together to improve our lives. They serve us and we must support them in the coming year.