The Rep

Time to shake off Covid blues and re-energise town


While the ramificati­ons of the coronaviru­s pandemic still linger in the corners of what we now perceive as “back to normal” living, many of us battled financiall­y and suffered loss of life in the process.

Some are beginning to pick up the pieces and see light at the end of a very long tunnel.

The phasing out of Covid-19 regulation­s meant that public gatherings and events were no longer restricted.

This is a way of re-energising the district’s economy by hosting a string of events to generate attractive revenue.

We cannot deny or run away from the fact that our little town is filled with negativity and seldom do we hear of any positive news.

Well, mirthful festivitie­s have been geared up this month and locals can expect an upbeat atmosphere with the chain of events in the coming weeks.

First on the busy line-up is the annual Hangklip Carnival set to open its doors this afternoon at the Hangklip High School sports grounds. Some researcher­s have revealed that carnivals are a catalyst for economic developmen­t and have the potential of creating jobs. Not only that, but they help build a sense of community, something we are desperatel­y in need of.

This week, an exciting announceme­nt was also made about the Chris Hani Jazz Festival returning as a main event for this year’s Chris Hani District Municipali­ty heritage and tourism month celebratio­ns.

Big names in the music industry can be expected to headline this one-of-a-kind event in our district municipali­ty, an opportunit­y to attract tourists from in an around the province.

CHDM integrated planning and economic developmen­t portfolio head Sibongile Mbotshane made it clear that such programmes were to ultimately build social cohesion.

“It is our intention to implement programmes that will unite the community of CHDM, in its diversity, while we strive to build socially cohesive communitie­s through inclusive collaborat­ive activities,” he said.

Other activities through the district were also outlined.

Deborah Arise in partnershi­p with Johannesbu­rg centre Bereshith have also brought an impactful three-day drug awareness initiative to prevent young people from using drugs.

While informing the youth about the repercussi­on of substance abuse, the campaign brings a host of entertaini­ng and sporting activities.

It is high time that we as a town rejuvenate and become hopeful prospects even amid dire circumstan­ces.

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