Garden of Remembrance officially launched at Donken Reserve


The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) officially launched the Garden of Remembrance at the Donken Reserve Lawns in Port Elizabeth on the 31st of October, to pay tribute to ward councillors, PR representatives and mayoral committee members who have since passed away.

First mentioned by Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla, on the 14th of August this year, and attended by the family members and relatives of those honoured, the garden consists of a tree and an engraved plaque representing the 58 NMBM members who had died since 1998.

Those honoured included Adriaan Rossouw from Despatch who died in 2004; Loyiso Nduku from Kwanobuhle (2009); Adriaan Coetzee from Despatch (2011), Manelisi Ashworth Vumazonke from Kwanobuhle and Buyisile Mkhavu from Uitenhage who both passed away earlier this year; Clifford Frederick Brainers from Bloemendal (2000) and Nomzi Balfour from Missionvale who died in 1998.

“It brings memory to us. There were members who left us quite early, we are rejoicing their lives and we are rejoicing their commitment within the Nelson Mandela Bay,” Deputy Executive Mayor, Thando Ngcolomba, said.

A “Day of Remembrance” is set be held on the 14th of August each year, making it the first of its kind in South Africa.


Photo Caption: The Garden of Remembrance at the Donken Reserve Lawns in Port Elizabeth. File Photo