MBIZANA: The Mbizana Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape has been officially renamed after late struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The municipality falls under the Alfred Nzo District and encompasses some of South Africa’s popular tourist attractions including the Wild Coast and the Umtavuna Nature Reserve.
The minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Ms Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to deliver the keynote address in the area shortly.
In a statement, her department said that the renaming of the municipality was an important step towards ensuring that it serves communities with care.
The renaming process often proves to be controversial in South Africa, but the ANC is standing its ground on this one.
The department further explained that the new name will serve as ‘inspiration’ for municipal officials – who must now uphold the values of the late struggle icon.
“The renaming of Mbizana is an important step towards ensuring that the Winnie Madikizela Mandela municipality serves communities with care and responds to their concerns timeously and Rapidly.
At the heart of the renaming of this municipality is a resolve to serve communities better, bearing in mind that Winnie Mandela was a champion of the poor,” the statement reads.
“Therefore the renaming pays homage to her ideals and values. With communities across the country relying on their municipalities to provide them with access to basic services that will improve the quality of their lives, the newly named municipality has to live up to expectations and its name,” it concluded.