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Grocott's Mail - - YOUR SAY -

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.

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