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Notice Board:

ELECTRICITY INTERRUPTION ON 21 OCTOBER 2018

Residents are advised of a proposed electricity shutdown on SUNDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2018, between the hours of 08h00 and 16h00, in various areas of Nelson Mandela Bay, caused by the temporary shutdown of the College Drive Substation, to allow repairs and maintenance to be carried out on a local transformer.  

Areas affected: Mill Park, St. Georges Park (only end of College Drive Road), Glendinningvale, Greenacres, Scotstown.

Streets affected: Ascot Road, Barris Walk Street, Bradshaw Street, Churchill Road, College Drive, Conyngham Road, Cape Road, Dene Road, Fairford Road, Highbeech Road, Lenox Street, McLean Road, Mill Park Road, Mortimer Road, Nightingale Street, Ramsay Lane, Salisbury Avenue, Wares Road, Way Avenue, Wembley Road, Westview Drive, Woodville Road, Young Road. 

All installations must be treated as live for the duration of the outage. - Apologies are tendered for any inconvenience caused.

Male voices must rise against the scourge of femicide in South Africa as we celebrate Women's Day

Today marks an important day in the country's calendar as we celebrate National Women's Day.

This is the time that women across all communities are acknowledged for their role in society and for their continued resilience against societal injustices.

However, this noble act is overshadowed by the rising tide of femicide which continues to rear its ugly head. South Africa remains one of the countries with the highest rate of gender based violence.

The severity of this is demonstrated by the fact that a woman is murdered every four hours in the country.

Half of them die at the hands of their intimate partners. Moreover, a recent health survey carried out by Stats SA reveals that 21% of women over 18 in the country, or one in five women, have experienced violence by their partner.

This is still happening despite the highly publicised campaign of 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children which was started in 1998.

And 17 years down the line, the country is still grappling with shocking cases of gender based violence.

Today offers us, as men, an opportunity to look inwardly and honestly ask ourselves if we are doing enough to address this deeply entrenched patriarchal behaviour.

We need to go beyond celebrating women in South Africa by playing a meaningful role within our immediate families and communities in ridding our society of gender based violence.

Every year, on the 9th of August, women all over South Africa stand together to celebrate 20 000 women who bravely marched to the Union Buildings over 60 years ago against injustices of the past.

On that fateful day, a legion of brave and determined women dared to throw the gauntlet at the seat of apartheid power to ensure that their role in the society at large was recognised. 

But more importantly, for men to have a paradigm shift in terms of how they viewed their counterpart's role in general.

Therefore, we must not miss this opportunity to remember the significance of this holiday and also understand how much wisdom there can be in a crowd motivated to achieve attention to an objection and be part of the solution.

Today we affirm the wisdom, bravery and farsightedness of those who say wathinta abafazi, wathinta imbokodo.

To mark this day, discerning male voices across the country should echo the need for a male-driven concerted effort to fight the scourge of gender based violence.

For queries:
Sibongile Dimbaza
Mayoral Spokesperson
0823793404

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