Councillors this week attended a seminar hosted by the Chief Whip of Council, Cllr Christiaan van den Heever, to reflect on Freedom Day 24 years into democracy and how the work of a councillor can bring freedom closer to the people.
The panel of speakers consisted of Dr Somadoda Fikeni, Mr Lukhona Mnguni, Mr Prince Mashele, Prof Steve Friedman and Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa.
Opening the dialogue, Cllr Van den Heever remarked that although much has changed since 1994 and there has been progress in every sphere of society, more must still be done to make the dream of a prosperous South Africa for all a reality.
The panellists were in agreement that a 2018 South Africa does not reflect the dream of a united nation and that the disparity between rich and poor is a dividing factor. Dr Fikeni said that people with a common purpose leave a legacy, but people who are always squabbling leave a vacuum.
Prof Friedman urged local governments to ensure that all residents become part of local conversations. "The democratic rights some of us have, should become the democratic rights of all," he said.
The City of Tshwane wants to be at the forefront of opportunities where all South Africans can share their ideas of the South Africa they envisage to live in and show how they are willing to contribute to make it a better country for all its citizens at all levels of life.