Honoured for helping flood vicioms

JON HOUZET

CIVIC PRIDE: Mayor Sipho Tandani (in brown
suit) with some of the recipients of certificates from the municipality
recognising their relief efforts in last year’s floods Picture: JON HOUZET

RESIDENTS and businesses who helped with
flood relief last year were awarded certificates of appreciation by Ndlambe
municipality last Thursday.

About 30 recipients were invited to the
council chambers where Mayor Sipho Tandani handed over the certificates,
awarded “for the selflessness, kindness and compassion extended to the Ndlambe
municipality and all citizens of Ndlambe that were in some way faced with
hardships during the recent flood”.

The recipients included MultiSecurity,
BUCO, Damant Lodge, Port Alfred Benevolent Society, Furnmark and a number of
individuals who either helped with rescue and recovery efforts, or gave
donations of food, clothing and blankets to people who lost their homes and
possessions.

TotT also received a certificate for its
coverage of the flood and relief efforts.

The following evening, more awards were
handed out to various businesses and individuals, including councillors who
helped their constituents during the crisis.

Tandani said the recipients demonstrated
civic pride.

“When the municipality was in a difficult
position to rescue and assist people, individuals came to the fore and said ‘we
are willing to contribute’,” he said.

He mentioned the collapsed Saltvlei bridge
as an example.

“On a Sunday, young and old were there
placing sandbags and building an artificial bridge,” he said.

He hoped the municipality’s token of
appreciation would be valued by the recipients, to show future generations “how
you helped Ndlambe in a time of need”.

“We can’t do anything as a council without
your participation,” he said.

Tandani said there were 150 recipients
altogether, who would be given their certificates at separate functions.

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