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Interim Mayor takes Africa Day to Madiba informal village in Lorraine

May 26, 2020
Interim Mayor takes Africa Day to Madiba informal village in Lorraine

Port Elizabeth - Nelson Mandela Bay’s Interim Mayor Thsonono Buyeye, spread the spirit of Ubuntu on Monday as the City commemorated Africa Day when he donated hand sanitisers, soaps and other personal protection equipment to the residents of the Madiba informal village in Lorraine.

The Mayor was accompanied by Mayoral Committee Members Councillor Yolisa Pali and Councillor Andile Lungisa, who head up the NMBM Public Health and Infrastructure and Engineering Portfolios respectively.

The donation was aimed at bringing some relief to the more than 100 residents in the informal settlement who have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has negatively affected many countries around the world, including many African countries.

Speaking to the residents, Mayor Buyeye said that his visit to the area was special as it coincided with Africa Day. He emphasised that it was critical for all residents stay safe to ensure that Africa wins the fight against the invisible enemy.

"We want to ensure that we flatten the curve in NMBM. Our communities are urged to observe social distancing at all times. As a City we want to contribute in the efforts that will ensure that we defeat Covid-19 on the African continent. The less privileged communities are our priorities,” he said.

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Concerns have been raised about residents who live in densely populated areas.

The Madiba informal Settlements is made up of more than 100 unemployed residents who are solely dependent on domestic part-time jobs. The nationwide lockdown has made it difficult for them to afford hand sanitizers and other necessary protective clothing as they have been without work for weeks.

One of beneficiaries from the Madiba informal Settlement, Ntombekhaya Dywili, said: "I'm so thankful to our Municipality for this donation. We will now be able to wash our hands regularly using soap and put on our masks to prevent possible transmission."

About 3 356 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported on the African continent, while Nelson Mandela Bay has recorded a total of 31 deaths.

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