EThekweni Mayor, Zandile Gumede held a 356 day report back breakfast on Thursday, 12 October at the Olive Convention Centre to recap on her first year as eThekweni’s Mayor. The event included speeches, entertainment and a buffet breakfast.

Gumede spoke about the struggles of leading a liberation struggle, quoting President OR Thambo who said that keeping power presented a greater challenge than leading a liberation struggle.

“As the local sphere of government, which is closer to the people on the ground, we have no choice, but to meet the demands of our people and, fortunately, our people have been oppressed for more than 365 days and it will require more than 20 years to undo the legacy of oppression and colonisation.

We are called to do everything correctly and diligently, but we must increase our speed of service delivery because people are losing patience, hence, I just want to say I’m putting my foot down as Mayor of eThekweni, I’m not going to be taking any nonsense, everyone must work, work, work,” said Gumede.

Gumede described her first year as an “interesting” time. “I am proud of leading the eThekweni municipality as the first woman mayor,” said Gumede.

The Mayo praised newly appointed City Manager, Sipho Nzuza. “Sipho Nzuza has been a man of less words and more actions,” said Gumede.

Of the projects mentioned were the Public Wi-fi Project, Non- Revenue Water, Catalytic programmes, Economic development sector support programmes and Tourism projects. The South African Post Office urges customers who wish to mail Christmas parcels to all destinations to do so now.