R16m for Tshwane freedom celebrations

Pretoria - The City of Tshwane has planned a R16 million, year-long celebration of 20 years of freedom for the city.

It will include a memorial of the death of Nelson Mandela, and an international charity auction, leading to the bestowing of The Freedom of the Capital City order.

The iconic photograph of Nelson Mandela gazing through the barred window of his Robben Island cell sold for R190 000 at auction. Credit: REUTERS

These were some of the decisions taken at the annual lekgotla of the political executive and leadership of the City of Tshwane at the weekend.

The programme will include ceremonies, public education, community participation and social dialogue and a film festival.

Mayoral spokesman Blessing Manale said the city was putting in the R16m and other sponsors would contribute more money.

More details on the events would be made public in due course, the city disclosed at the end of its lekgotla.

The city leadership noted there was a need to improve the quality and delivery of services in the capital and assess supply chain management, human resources and strategic planning in the metro.

“The lekgotla received a work-in-progress report on performance assessments of city departments and its entities for the current financial year.

“The report emphasises the improvement of the quality of services and assessed the four broad management areas. These are supply chain management, human resources, strategic planning and service delivery,” he said.

The lekgotla acknowledged that the administration inherited a city divided along racial and geographic lines but rose to the challenge by seamlessly integrating all regions into one city.

It reflected on the emergence of riots disguised as service protests and again condemned the damage to public property and social services infrastructure.

It instructed the city administration to explore various options for recovery and repairs, including insurance claims, and civil claims against individuals.

However, it acknowledged that the city’s community engagement processes and outreach had not been sufficient enough to ensure that residents fully understood its short- to long-term plans.

“The lekgotla received the mid-term report for the first two and a half years of the current political term and the implementation of the 2011 local government manifesto. It also received the service delivery agreements review of MMCs and expressed its satisfaction on the work being done,” Manale said.