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2011-04-20: Mayor calls on Joburgers to celebrate national days and participate in elections

THE coming week will see Johannesburg join the rest of the country in celebrating a number of national days and public holidays – most notably Freedom Day and Worker’s Day.

The gains we have made as a country since our political and social liberation in 1994 will again be commemorated on 27 April. The theme for this year is: Working together to unite the nation, promote democracy and protect freedom.

As we celebrate this day, we look back with considerable pride on the progress our country has made in the creation of a stable, democratic society.

We have come a long way from our divided and bitter past to a society based on equality, dignity and respect for human rights. Our Constitutional order has proved itself to be strong and our democratic institutions provide stability.

On this day we also look to the future and celebrate the hope of our nation, united to meet the challenges of economic growth, job creation and the elimination of poverty.  Let us use this opportunity to commit ourselves to build better communities.

Workers’ Day on 1 May is one of the few national events South Africa celebrates together with the international community.  Again, this is an opportunity to reflect on the many gains made by workers to consolidate the freedoms and right won in a new, democratic South Africa.

In the coming days many of the major faiths in South Africa will also celebrate days and events that are important to their religious traditions. Members of the Christian faith will celebrate Easter and Good Friday while the Jewish Community will commemorate Passover.

I trust that these festivals will remind us all of the rich diversity of cultures and traditions that together make up South African society, especially in Johannesburg, a city united in its diversity.

The long weekends are traditionally a period when families take to the road to enjoy a holiday break. There is increase in the number of vehicles on our road and, unfortunately, also a rise in the number of accidents that occur.

We call on residents and visitors to Johannesburg to display a high sense of vigilance and to obey the City’s by-laws and traffic regulations. Members of the JMPD will again be out in full force on our roads to act against speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

Finally, we also want to remind the residents and citizens of Johannesburg that the Local Government Elections take place on Wednesday 18 May 2011. We want to urge you to use this opportunity to affirm your democratic right by participating in the elections and elect the people who will lead our City over the next five years.

Enjoy your holiday!


Released on behalf of the City of the Executive Mayor Clr Amos Masondo by:

Nkhensani Makhobela

Spokesperson for the Executive Mayor

City of Johannesburg

Tel: 011 407 7524

Fax: 011 339 5407

Cell: 082 461-7075