Cel­e­brat­ing Khayelit­sha

Town­ship awards am­bas­sadors at 30th birth­day party

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WENDYL MARTIN

SPORTS stars, a new cof­fee shop, and even a re­al­ity TV con­test win­ner were among 30 peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions hon­oured as am­bas­sadors of Khayelit­sha, dur­ing the town­ship’s 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions last night.

The event be­gan with a prayer for Nel­son Man­dela lead by the Rev Luyanda Adams.

Plans to cre­ate the town­ship were first an­nounced by Dr Piet Koorn­hof, then co-op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter, in 1983. It was es­tab­lished later that year.

Khayelit­sha is the coun­try’s sec­ond big­gest town­ship, af­ter Soweto. It is home to about 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple, three-quar­ters of whom are younger than 35.

Last night’s an­niver­sary event was hosted by the pro­vin­cial Hu­man Set­tle­ments Depart­ment and the Khayelit­sha De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum, a vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion launched in De­cem­ber 1995 with the aim of boost­ing de­vel­op­ment there.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion lob­bied suc­cess­fully for the con­struc­tion of the Oliver Tambo Sports Com­plex in Mew Way, where last night’s event was held. The theme was “Cel­e­brat­ing our own”.

Hu­man Set­tle­ments MEC Bonginkosi Madik­izela an­nounced late yes­ter­day he would not be able to at­tend as he was trav­el­ling to Qunu for Madiba’s fu­neral.

The com­plex was decked out in fairy lights, with drap­ing in green and gold. A pic­ture of Nel­son Man­dela stood on an easel, sur­rounded by wreaths, while other pic­tures adorned the walls.

The 30 am­bas­sadors named were split into cat­e­gories:

For pol­i­tics and ad­min­is­tra­tion, those hon­oured in­cluded for­mer Ty­ber­berg mayor Clif­ford Si­tonga, for­mer Khayelit­sha tran­si­tional coun­cil mayor Vuyani Ngcuka, for­mer Khayelit­sha Com­mu­nity Po­lice Fo­rum chair­man Khay­alethu Ma­gaxa, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor-gen­eral Gwe­binkundla Qonde, the ad­viser to the na­tional min­is­ter of hu­man set­tle­ments, Qubundile Dyan­tyi, Hu­man Set­tle­ments MEC Bonginkosi Madik­izela, early set­tler Mali Hoza, for­mer ANC MPL Ntombozi Mac­ing­wana, pro­vin­cial Cope leader Mbulelo Ncedana, the Khayelit­sha Health Fo­rum’s Mzanywa Ndi­bongo, Khayelit­sha De­vel­op­ment Fo­rum ex­ec­u­tive head Bubele Beja, SAPS of­fi­cer Mkhuseli Kwit­shi and the City of Cape Town’s Lun­gelo Nokhwaza.

For Arts and Cul­ture: TV star An­drea Don­dolo; Sibahle Tshibika, who won this year’s So You Think You Can Dance con­test and artist Xo­lile Mtakatya.

“I feel blessed and over­whelmed. I was born here. My life has changed. Peo­ple recog­nise me,” she said last night.

For sport: Boxer Mzonke Fana and cy­clist Luthando Khakha.

Khakha, a for­mer Cape Ar­gus in­tern who went on to cy­cle in Switzer­land and Den­mark, said he was grate­ful for the hon­our.

“My ex­po­sure will re­flect on Khayelit­sha. Ev­ery light that shines on me as a cy­clist puts the spot­light on Khayelit­sha,” he said.

For ed­u­ca­tion: Luh­laza High School was hon­oured, and for health, pri­vate prac­ti­tioner Dr Man­d­uleli Bik­it­sha.

In the so­cial sec­tor, Pat Matholengwe, el­derly sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion Agapa and No­cawe Mankay of the Non­ceba Fam­ily Coun­selling Project were hon­oured.

In the youth de­vel­op­ment cat­e­gory, Vin­cent Manzini was named, along with Lufefe Nom­jama, cof­fee shop Depart­ment of Cof­fee and taxi as­so­ci­a­tion Codeta in the busi­ness cat­e­gory.

In the me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions cat­e­gory, the com­mu­nity recog­nised jour­nal­ist Vukile So­nandzi and broad­caster Ra­dio Zi­bonele.

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

SOLEMN: A can­dle­light vigil was held for Nel­son Man­dela at the Oliver Tambo hall in Khayelit­sha last night.

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