13 November Fallen Heroes Remembered November 13, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 Buffalo City Metro citizens remembered fallen war heroes on Sunday 12 November at the Cenotaph War Memorial site in East London. The memorial service is set aside to pay tribute to the City’s soldiers who fell during the World War 1 and 2. Every year, on the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, November 11, people around the world take time to reflect on those lost in various struggles across the globe. Armistice Day commemorates the end of World War 1. In South Africa remembrance services now include those who fought against apartheid - the members of the armed wings of the various liberation movements. Remembrance Sunday as it is famously known started at 11am. Present at this year’s event include the Executive Mayor Xola Pakati, Reverend Barry Wittstock, Captain M. Myataza, Chaplain P. Diniso and Buffalo City Metro Councillors including Kuhle Ciliza, Vusumzi Njece, Geoffrey Walton, Marion Mackley, Christiaan Swart, William Gould and amongst others. Also part of the remembrance are the war veterans, compatriots, friends and family members of those who were involved in these wars. The day also saw various hymns sang including O God Our Help in Ages Past and Abide With Me by the Selborne College Band. Speaking about the symbolism of the day Pakati said, “By laying on these wreaths we pledge that we are committed in the need to end all wars.” The event also had a parade, marching and band in Oxford Street before the day started. The day culminates with the singing of the National Anthem. Related Leading and inspiring the youth The BCMM Senior Accountant was awarded as one of the 12 Local Heroes who were honoured at the Venue in Hemmingway’s on 25 November. Growing up in Duncan Village from very humble beginnings is what inspired Akhona Matyobeni to give back and uplift the youth from his former community. Speaking at the event Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi said, “It is such a privilege to sit amongst the honoured guests tonight, it’s important to recognise and reward those who make a difference in our society.” He also added that he would donate R5000 towards each of the local hero’s to assist them with the work they do to try to add value to their communities. Speaking about receiving such an accolade Matyobeni said, “I was quite surprised and humbled when I was nominated for the award, I do what I do because I love to make a difference in my community.” He also added that knowledge is not power if it’s not shared and growing up in Duncan Village and not having anyone to look up to he felt the youth of Duncan Village needed someone to encourage and motivate them. “Your current circumstances does not determine your future outcome, education for me was away to change my situation,” he added. Speaking about the local heroes MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo Qoboshiyane said, “Self-less acts can contribute to the alleviation of poverty.” “Government is committed to support and assist local heroes we plan to amplify the work they do and encourage others to do the same,” he said. Matyobeni who is currently completing his Maters studies in Accounting says that his going to use the prize money to help his learners apply for bursaries and university application fees. “I’ve always wanted to do more for the learners and the prize money will really assist me to help the learners not only with university application fees but I can buy some food as some of the learners come from very disadvantaged backgrounds,” he said. Each local hero walked away with vouchers from Builders Warehouse, Sculptures Hairdressing as well as R5000 from the Metro. Remembrance Sunday The memorial service is set aside to pay tribute to the City's soldiers who fell during the World War 1 and 2. Every year, on the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, November 11, people around the world take time to reflect on those lost in various struggles across the globe. Armistice Day commemorates the end of World War 1. In South Africa remembrance services now include those who fought against apartheid - the members of the armed wings of the various liberation movements. Remembrance Sunday as it is famously known started at 11am. Present at this year’s event is the Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi, Reverend Barry Wittstock, Head of Directorate Ncumisa Sidukwana, retired Lieutenant-Colonel Malcom Cock and Buffalo City Metro Councillors including Nomiki Mgezi, John Badenhorst, Mlandeli Mateke, Mteteleli Sam and Ayanda Mapisa amongst others. Also part of the remembrance are the war veterans, compatriots, friends and family members of those who were involved in these wars. The day also saw various hymns sang including O God Our Help in Ages Past and Abide With Me by the Selborne College Band. Speaking about the symbolism of the day Mtsi said, “By laying on these wreaths we pledge that we are committed in the need to end all wars.” The event also had a parade, marching and band in Oxford Street before the day started. The day culminates with the singing of the National Anthem. Human Rights Day commemorated The unveiling takes place during the Human Rights Month, as part of the commemorations of the day. The Human Rights Day is commemorated annual in the South African Calendar on 21 March. This day is a reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre and a celebration of South Africa’s uniqueness and equal rights for all. According to a press statement issued by the provincial department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture the activities held during this week are set to celebrate the month and commemorate significant events that shaped South Africa’s destiny and future. In 1960 the police opened fire without order on a crowd that had gathered at the Sharpeville station to protest pass laws. The pass laws stipulated that all Africans are to carry books and produce them for law enforcement officials on request. At least 69 people were killed and over 150 injured. Today the day is commemorated in various ways and acknowledging those who fought for human rights including Rubusana. Speaking at the event MEC for DSRAC Pemmy Majodina said, “Rubusana was a man of integrity who stood for equality and advocated for human rights.” She added that South Africa needs to honour such heroes, “We need to commit ourselves in honouring him like all the other leaders in the struggle of our freedom. The memorial will later have a statue on top of it and both Biko and Rubusana will be on both sides of the City Hall.” Giving a reply on the remarks, great gran son of Rubusana – Vusumzi Rubusana said, “As a family we are grateful for this honour. We now know our grandfather played a role in the history of this country.” A message by the Executive Mayor Alfred Mtsi was also part of the speeches saying, “Our country has seen a lot of hereos being remembered and commemorated, today we include Rubusana to those who fought for our freedom and justice.” Also part of the Human Rights activities was the fifth two-day Career Expo held at Mdantsane NU14 Library. The two-day expo focuses mainly on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learners and was held on 11 and 12 of March, Speaking about the expo organiser of the event Ncedisa Ncapai said, “Our goal is to promote STEM subjects while encouraging learners to stay at school so that they can study further at tertiary level.” For the past four years the expo has been a collaboration between the provincial Department of Education, Buchule Technical High School, Siseko Group; Department of Science and Technology, MERSETA, CATHSSETA, East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), South African Police Services – Forensic Science Division and the provincial Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture. “This expo is also set to encourage learners to stay at school so that they can study further at tertiary level and promote STEM scarce and critical skills including artisans, technicians or technologists, and professionals and introduce STEM careers that are generally not taken up by the poor communities.” Giving an overview of the expo Ncapai said, “The programme is generously supported by individuals, private, government, non-governmental organisations through various means such as sponsorship, donations and exhibitions.” Culminating the first day of the expo Sibongile Velaphi from Buchule Technical School said, “WE are grateful to have this opportunity, we will now have an idea of which path to take when we go to varsity.” Buffalo City celebrates Toursim Month In celebration of Heritage and Tourism Month the Department of Tourism planned various activities such as the Beach and Heritage Clean up, the Product Training Workshop, the Media Hosting Tour and the Cultural and Adventure Tours. The Department also ran a selfie competition which encouraged entrants to take selfies when visiting a Heritage or Cultural site in the City. The tour took place from 16 to 18 September and is part of the Celebrations of Tourism Month. The City hosted a tour which had guided tours to the Steve Biko Centre, a game drive at the Mpongo Private Game Reserve and a quad bike tour at Areena Riverside Resort where the visitors interacted with Abby, the giraffe. “The hosting of tour operators and media houses will give Buffalo City an opportunity to showcase what it has to offer as a destination of choice. Currently, tour operators and media houses are looking for new destinations that they can offer to their clients,” said Miranda Nofeliti Marketing Coordinator from the Local Economic Department. Janine Borthwick from Ballyhoo Media, Justin Williams Online Editor at the Publication Cape Town etc. and Iga Motylska a Freelance Journalist will share their experiences on various Tourism platforms and their social media pages. Speaking to BCMM’s Website Mbulelo Kafi Owner of Sakhisizwe Tours from the Northern Cape said that Tourism and Heritage Month is important as it educates South Africans on where they come from, allowing citizens to protect their historical monuments. “BCMM is rich in history and has an impressive collection of wildlife animals and vegetation.” Nofeliti also added that the Eastern Cape Province is one of the tourism gems of South Africa, “offering visitors unique scenic views and a truly diverse tourism experience.” As part of the Tourism Month activities, the group presented and shared their experiences at the Product Training Workshop which was held at the King David Hotel on 17 September where various members of the tourism sector in the Metro were invited. “The department held the workshop, in an effort to create more awareness to product owners on how to package itineraries for the international market and to encourage them to tap into that market,” said Nofeliti. She also added that there is a need to educate tourism business owners on the importance of using social media as a business tool to expand their businesses. Benny Mutswiri from Heita Ngamla Tours based in Johannesburg said that he discovered that there’s a lot of activities and rich history that the City offers. “I interacted with various Tour Operators and B&B Owners at the Product Training Session gave me an opportunity to network and explore the various ways in which I could promote the City to the people of Johannesburg. The two-hour beach clean-up took place at the Esplanade at the Beachfront and at the Heroes Park with over 50 Tourism students from Walter Sisulu University and the Buffalo City College participating. “Being regularly aware of the need to keep all coastal lines clean and beautiful is a contribution we can make to ensure we improve the state of the beaches, shorelines and duns,” said Nofeliti. Comments are closed.