The International Nelson Mandela Day held last Tuesday (18 July) was a celebration of service and achievement at Ray Nkonyeni municipality, where the municipality together with the people of Gamalakhe, Merlewood, Palm View and Marburg celebrated two important milestones; the electrification of low income Merlewood homes as well as the handing over of title deeds to more than sixty beneficiaries and their families.

The day, which is commemorated by being of service to others in the true spirit of the values that the late Madiba stood for, started at Port Shepstone Civic Centre when Her Worship the Mayor handed over title deeds to excited beneficiaries from the areas of Merlewood, Gamalakhe and Palmview. In her remarks the mayor indicated that the municipality is committed to ensuring that all residents within its jurisdiction have decent shelter, as envisaged by our constitution.

After the ceremony the beneficiaries and their families were treated to a delicious lunch, which was served by the municipal leadership and management. As if that was not enough, the little ones enjoyed the Nelson Mandela birthday cake which had been especially bought for the occasion.

After lunch, the leadership proceeded to Merlewood where Her Worship officially switched on electricity in the home of 94 year old Ellen Gounder, in a symbolic gesture representing all sixty four homes which have been energised. Ms Gounder could not contain her joy, thankful that the mayor and the municipality had fulfilled the promise they made in 2015 when the houses were built.

In her closing remarks the mayor thanked the residents of Merlewood for their patience and cooperation during the electrification process. She further appealed to them to continue working with the Steering Committee as the second phase of construction is now underway.