Executive Mayor Benson Fihla honoured the memory of ANC fighter for social justice Buyisile Mkavu, during the sod-turning of a R22 million multi-purpose centre in KwaLanga, Uitenhage.
The centre will be erected over the next eight months bringing government services such as primary healthcare, policing and customer care closer to the community and it will also be used as a sporting facility amongst others.
Buyisile Mkavu, an inspirational political head of human settlements at the time of his death, was cold-bloodedly assassinated on Saturday night (2 August) shortly after he visited the house of a deceased comrade in KwaNobuhle.
“Last week the MEC for Human Settlements Helen Sauls-August launched a R22 million multi-purpose centre in KwaLanga and announced that more than 200 job opportunities will be created during the building of the facility over the next eight months.
“Most notably Councillor Buyisile Mkavu was honoured for his role to make the sod-turning a reality.
“Mkavu, supported by his comrades went beyond the call of duty by going to East London and even Parliament to discuss the importance of this development.
“His effort was not in vain.
“Many local people will be employed during the construction and the community will have a fantastic Multi-purpose Centre for their use. This reminded all of us that we lost a man of honour, integrity and great value to the community he served and his comrades.
“Fellow councillors, Mkavu’s example of working tirelessly for the community without claiming praise and credit on public platforms must be copied. There are those among us who run to public platforms without due consideration for internal processes and procedures,” Mayor Fihla said.
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