15 March Human Rights Day March 15, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) in partnership with other Government departments and Buffalo City Municipality will commemorate Humans Rights Day and honour human rights activists on 18 March in Rhayi Village, King Williams Town. The event will start at 10am. Transport to pick up residents will be made available for the following wards: Town/area Pick –up point Ward- 25 Pakamisa – Hall Ndzondelelo - Higher Primary School @Zone 9 Ngqika Junior Primary school @ Zone 8 Ward - 34 Kwa Yellow Moses Twebe Hall Phola Park Hall Ward – 35 Zinyoka Hall Balasi Hall Quzini Hall Balasi Velley Circle Cwengcwe Rooster Ranyiba school Phondweni church Motel Park grounds Mzontsundu School Ward – 36 Mzintsana Hall Nakani Nkosiyane Madakeni Upper Mnqgesha Hoho school New rent Jikolo P.School Pierrie Mission Zabalaza Ward – 37 Tolofiyeni (Mthini) Masingatha (khoweni) Malingi Hall Mxaxo (school) KWT (Civic Centre) Wes Bank(Trirex) Wes Drive Ward -38 Tyhusha Barini Kwanonto Phesheya(Kwambulelo) Mxalanga(Clinic) Kwelerha (Clinic) Mngqesha (School) Mzantsi-shop (Grigamba) Mxaxo – Rank Liefeld –Rank Nonkcampa- Sheed Gwaba – Hall Zikhalini – Hall Lenge – Shop Handase – School Mantlane – School Mamata – Hall Bulembu -Hall Ginsberg Ward 39 Ginsberg - Taxi Rank Lipota - Mini Centre Schornville - Hall Bonke - shed Kwalini Primary - School Ngxwalane – Rhayi? Ward - 40 Ndileka Mount Coke Mimosa Tamara Jubisa Shushu A/B Tsolo Qongqotha Dubu Mlakalaka Ward – 41 Zwelitsha Hall Zone 1 Zone 4 Rank Rent Office Ward – 43 Bisho High Tyutyu Hall Ward – 44 Tshatshu – Pitsini Sweet-waters – Hall/Shop Qhalase -Rosey Siyathemba – ematantyini Breidbach – Plato/Sew Ward – 45 Ilitha Rent Office Berlin Hall Majarantiyeni Tshabo 1 Ngqongqweni/ntabezuko Skobeni Hall Hanover baptis Church Ward – 49 Ndevana taxi Rank Related Human Rights Day to be held in BCMM The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture together with the Department of Justice and Correctional Services as well as the Metro will host the 2017 Human Rights Day celebrations on Tuesday 21 March at the Victoria Grounds Stadium in King William’s Town. Celebrations will commence at 9am, the theme for this year’s commemoration is The year of OR Tambo: Unity in action in advancing Human Rights. Prior to the main event, a social dialogue will be held at the Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg on Monday 20 March. President Jacob Zuma is set to deliver the keynote speech at the main event on Tuesday. All members of the public are encouraged to attend the event where dignitaries including the country’s President, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, MECs and fellow government officials will be present. The Human Rights Month message is about nation building and social cohesion. Guided by the core message, human rights is about moving South Africa forward towards a nation united against social divides, non-racial, non-sexist, equal and cohesive nation. Human Rights Day commemorated The unveiling takes place during the Human Rights Month, as part of the commemorations of the day. The Human Rights Day is commemorated annual in the South African Calendar on 21 March. This day is a reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s uniqueness and equal rights for all. According to a press statement issued by the provincial department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture the activities held during this week are set to celebrate the month and commemorate significant events that shaped South Africa’s destiny and future. In 1960 the police opened fire without order on a crowd that had gathered at the Sharpeville station to protest pass laws. The pass laws stipulated that all Africans are to carry books and produce them for law enforcement officials on request. At least 69 people were killed and over 150 injured. Today the day is commemorated in various ways and acknowledging those who fought for human rights including Rubusana. Speaking at the event MEC for DSRAC Pemmy Majodina said, “Rubusana was a man of integrity who stood for equality and advocated for human rights.” She added that South Africa needs to honour such heroes, “We need to commit ourselves in honouring him like all the other leaders in the struggle of our freedom. The memorial will later have a statue on top of it and both Biko and Rubusana will be on both sides of the City Hall.” Giving a reply on the remarks, great gran son of Rubusana – Vusumzi Rubusana said, “As a family we are grateful for this honour. We now know our grandfather played a role in the history of this country.” A message by the Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi was also part of the speeches saying, “Our country has seen a lot of hereos being remembered and commemorated, today we include Rubusana to those who fought for our freedom and justice.” Also part of the Human Rights activities was the fifth two-day Career Expo held at Mdantsane NU14 Library. The two-day expo focuses mainly on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learners and was held on 11 and 12 of March, Speaking about the expo organiser of the event Ncedisa Ncapai said, “Our goal is to promote STEM subjects while encouraging learners to stay at school so that they can study further at tertiary level.” For the past four years the expo has been a collaboration between the provincial Department of Education, Buchule Technical High School, Siseko Group; Department of Science and Technology, MERSETA, CATHSSETA, East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), South African Police Services – Forensic Science Division and the provincial Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture. “This expo is also set to encourage learners to stay at school so that they can study further at tertiary level and promote STEM scarce and critical skills including artisans, technicians or technologists, and professionals and introduce STEM careers that are generally not taken up by the poor communities.” Giving an overview of the expo Ncapai said, “The programme is generously supported by individuals, private, government, non-governmental organisations through various means such as sponsorship, donations and exhibitions.” Culminating the first day of the expo Sibongile Velaphi from Buchule Technical School said, “WE are grateful to have this opportunity, we will now have an idea of which path to take when we go to varsity.” Commemorating Human Rights Day The member of the Executive Council for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture(DSRAC), Pemmy Majodina outlined the purpose of the day “DSRAC called you today to celebrate this event with the family of the late Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge who were human rights lawyers and political activists during the struggle against apartheid regime,” said Majodina. The day kickstarted with the laying of wreaths at the Mxenge gravesite by the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati together with the Mxenge family and other senior officials in the provincial government. The procession went on to gather in the nearby church where the Mxenge Family worshiped the Lord in those days and proceeded to the nearby field where the main event would take place. Speaking at the event Pakati welcomed all who gathered at the event, and made the call to follow in the stalwart’s footsteps of deepening democracy, economic freedom and selfless service. “We have gathered here today in honor of freedom fighters Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge who selflessly sacrificed their lives for the fruits of freedom we are reaping today”, said Pakati. The fighting spirit of these activists is shown in the manner in which they were killed by the brutal apartheid regime of the time,” Pakati concluded. A family friend, Bulelani Ngcuka and human rights lawyer himself spoke of the Mxenge family. He was groomed and nurtured by the Mxenge family during those trying times where he became very close to the family, he also learned how to be humble, generous and to execute political work whilst under their wing. “Tata Mlungisi taught us to fight fire with fire, in those days the law was used to oppress people, and Tata used the law as well to oppose injustice against humanity in those trying and difficult times,” said Ngcuka. MEC for Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo Qoboshiyane also addressed the gathering, “These activists were prepared to lay down their lives for the freedom of our time, their blood watered and nourished the liberation we enjoy today,” said Qoboshiyane. The day culminated with the address by the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional affairs Dr Zweli Mkhize in honor of Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge who were assassinated in 1981 and 1985 respectively by the powers that be during those difficult dark periods in that era. “Constitution of the Republic of South Africa is their legacy, they were not there to write it, we wrote it on their behalf, it belongs to them,” said Mkhize. “We salute both Griffiths and his wife Victoria for dedicated, selfless and passionate service, in those days in Durban, we would go to their office to report about political activists that are in detention and they had no one to represent them in the court of law, the Mxenge family would warmly welcome us and fight for those in detention free of charge,” Mkhize remarked. Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge’s son Mbasa Mxenge thanked all government departments who made the event possible and expressed gratitude to the department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture for the job well done in making the event a success. “The family is humbled by this gesture and I’m pleased to tell you that we are healed now, and that we do know that you haven’t forgotten us as the family,” said Mxenge. The event was a success as more than 1000 people descended at kwa Rhayi Village to witness the celebrations. Moving women forward “We are here to celebrate women ‘viva women viva’, said Ayanda Peter Portfolio Head for Executive Support Services. Women from the Deafsa, Metro Councillors, Youth City Council, Disability and Gender Forum were all present at the event. “This event means a lot to my department as we celebrate and acknowledge the struggles women face on a daily basis. This event is driven to highlight the issues we as women face and the various steps we can take to encourage each other through them,” said Peter. Speaking to Thabisa Myataza from the Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre about the 20 000 who paved the way for women today by marching to the Union Buildings in 1956. “These women all had a dream to sustain the progressive strides towards economic empowerment of women and gender equality,” said Myataza. The Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi addressing the women at the event said that the battle for gender equality will never be achieved if we ourselves are not transformed from the inside. “Transformations has to begin at home and in our schools. Women’s advancement is central to the development of people and society,” said Mtsi. The event included discussions about the struggles of women living with disabilities, the proactive measures in civil society towards violence against women, the burden of HIV and AIDS and the institutions to advance gender equality. Speaking to Dr Lesley Foster Executive Director of the Masimanyane Women's Support Centre about the non-profit international women’s organisation she said that the organization focuses on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights and the gendered nature of HIV and Aids. “We aim to build the capacity of women and human rights advocates to claim and realise women's human rights. This is done through the development of new knowledge and the utilisation of a rights-based approach,” said Foster. Foster said even thou there are women who are being placed in powerful positions such as Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka the United Nations Secretary General and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma the Chairperson of the African Union more needs to be done to liberate and inspire the young women of our country. “We need to create a space for women’s voices, we have the wisdom and the determination we need to be given the opportunities, Gender equality has to be central in all we do.” Gavle and BCMM strengthen ties Executive Mayor Councillor Xola Pakati with the delegation will be at the East London ICC this morning to discuss various issuses including youth issues, gender equality issues and human rights roles. During the session, there will be presentation by BCMM (Youth engagement project); Commission for Gender equality (issues of discrimination); Human Rights Commission (Roles). After lunch there will be visits to the East London Harbour, Nahoon Point Boardwalk, East London Museum and the Masimanyane Women’s Centre. The twinning relations between the two Cities were initiated in 2002 with the aim to strengthen local democracy, expand knowledge and capacity development as well as to improve competence among the parties in their developmental roles as service providers. The sister Cities have cooperatively implemented projects with the fundamental objective to address underlining issues amongst others, that focus on; local democracy, governance and administration, technical municipal services (waste management, energy, water and sewerage), environmental/climatic issues, sustainable urban development, social welfare operations, education, youth projects and health and medical care operations. From June 2017 the City of Gavle and BCMM jointly implemented the following projects: · Steering Group Project which initiated in 2016 and programmed to carry over to 2018, focusing on matters of discrimination in both cities. · Youth Project also initiated in 2016 and planned to carry over 2018, aimed to enhance and create youth development opportunities for youth in both cities. The Metro in this regard has since piloted six Social Labs which are a ward based multi-stakeholder response for vulnerable groups to proactively engage in Integrated Development Planning Processes. Dignity restored in Emajarantiyeni The facilities add to the eight existing ones which accommodates 170 prefabricated households. This was in commemoration of the World Toilet Day that is celebrated world-wide on 19 November to commit on improving toilet and sanitation conditions. The Metro hosted the event along with the Eastern Cape Department of Water and Sanitation and Solid Waste with the theme Toilets and Nutrition Day. Resident Zinikele Jayiya said, “I feel more proud now to be a resident in this community, we are very grateful for the additional toilets and to Buffalo City Metro for restoring our dignity.” Ward Councillor Gideon Norexe said, “I feel honoured that Ward 45 had been chosen to celebrate this day as the City saw the need to host this informative event to educate the residents of this community about World Toilet Day.” He added that the new toilets will restore the dignity of the community as they live in temporary structures with few facilities. “Life is going to change for the better for this community moving forward,” adds Norexe. Speaking about the event Environmental Health Educator in the Inland Region Zongamele Msiwa said there was a need for the community to be educated about hygiene and nutrition. “As the department we thought it best that we visit the community of Emajarantiyeni to educate them on hygiene, nutrition and toilet cleaning.” He added that the community should try by all means to keep their toilets clean as well as the community at large. Addressing the residents the City’s Department of Environmental Health official Tandeka Mokololo said community members must know the importance of keeping their toilets clean and food safety. “Today we are here to educate the community of Emajarantiyeni on the importance of keeping their toilets clean, as toilets are there to preserve human dignity.” She added that food safety and nutrition plays a major role in keeping healthy, residents should try and adopt the culture of ploughing and planting their own vegetables. The residents were also informed on water safety and how they should ensure it is kept clean. Programme Manager for Water and Sanitation Khunjuzwa Ngethu said resident must avoid drinking unhealthy water for human consumption. “People should not drink unhealthy water to avoid the risks of getting infected by water borne diseases,” said Ngethu. Comments are closed.