eThekwini Municipality officially launched its annual two-week long Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Week with a beach clean-up event at Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve.
The event kicked off with the honouring and recognition of Edith Mkhize, a cleaner under the PRC department who was honoured for her long standing and excellent service to the City.
Later, the PRC staff and members of the public took to the beach to begin an extensive clean-up of the shores at Mangroves Nature Reserve. This activity marked the first stop in the PRC department’s extensive programme to educate the community of eThekwini about numerous portfolio’s which they are responsible for.
Speaking on the importance of kicking off the PRC week with a beach up, Hlengiwe Malevu from the Sports Development and Recreation Department said: “The importance of the beach clean-up is to assist in cleaning not only our beaches but our natural resources. It’s important to not only maintain our beaches for ourselves but for the sea life as well. That is why we kicked off with a beach clean-up”.
Speaking about the programme of the day and events to follow, Head of Parks Recreation & Culture, Thembinkosi Ngcobo mentioned that all activities are about the pride and understanding that his department wants to in still in the people of eThekwini.
“PRC week is about the things we do as Parks, Recreation and Culture. We celebrate these things because they are about the soul and spirit of the City. All Cities are the same. The only thing that is different is the soul of its people”, said Ngcobo.
He then explained that every event scheduled has its own unique character and numerous other events that cater to each and everybody.
“These events will build and mobilise the community and educate them about our role as PRC. Most people know the PRC only for grass cutting, hence our slogan this year is #WeAreMoreThanGrassCutting. We want to show them the numerous portfolios that fall under the department and get them involved”, he added.
Long serving PRC driver Deli Mthombi, heralded the Unit’s efforts with initiatives such as PRC Week. “Events like these and PRC Week encourage the community and us as eThekwini employees to take pride in our city and look after our rich and diverse City”, said Mthombi.
Zama Ngunyaka an employee at PRC libraries concurred with Mthombi. “PRC Week does encourage us to look after our City. It is done for us to show togetherness as a City. It’s a time to showcase our pride and rich culture and diversity”, she said.
Speaking on the future of PRC Week, Ngcobo said they will condense this week solely to a five-day long celebration of eThekwini; its richness and culture in the years to come. Events scheduled by the department over the next two weeks include a Performing Arts Showcase, an Aquatics Awareness Programme, a Pop of Culture Heritage Exhibition, an Africans versus Indians Conversation, a Literacy Summit and many others.
To attend or find out more information about these scheduled events, contact the eThekwini PRC Programme’s office on 031 311 4482 or alternatively visit their website: www.durban.gov.za
~ Thabisile Ngeleka