Earlier this year, in recognition of and as a tribute to deceased or former Ward or PR or Mayoral Committee Councillors, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM), through the Office of the Executive Mayor, Cllr Benson Fihla, decided to establish a Garden of Remembrance at the Donkin Reserve. At the garden, a plaque and a tree representing each councillor were erected and planted, as a symbol of remembrance. Recently, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, led by the Executive Mayor, officially opened the garden at a formal ceremony attended by some family members of the late councillors. At that stage, some Councillors could not be included, as some issues still needed to be clarified with their families. Two of those Councillors were Manelisi Vumazonke and Buyisile Mkhavu, who both died recently while serving as Councillors.
On Friday 31 October 2014, the NMBM will unveil the plaques that have been erected in honour of those Councillors who were not part of the initial list. Members of families for the late Councillors will be attending the event. Members of the media are invited to attend and cover this important event. An opportunity for pictures and interviews with the Executive Mayor, leadership present and the families will be afforded to the members of the media.
The following late Councillors will be honoured:
- Adriaan Rossouw from Despatch, who died in 2004
- Loyiso Nduku from Kwanobuhle, who died in 2009
- Adriaan Coetzee from Despatch, who died in 2011
- Manelisi Ashworth Vumazonke from Kwanobuhle, who died in 2014
- Buyisile Mkhavu from Uitenhage, who died in 2014
- Clifford Frederick Brainers from Bloemendal, who died in 2000
- Nomzi Balfour from Missionvale, who died in 1998.
The Councillors will be honoured in a 10:00 am ceremony on the lawns of the Donkin Reserve.
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