Wednesday, November 22, 2017
KRISH MACKERDHUJ - A STRUGGLE HERO WHO STOOD UP AGAINST RACISM IN SPORT AND SOCIETY IN GENERAL IN SOUTH AFRICA
BY SUBRY GOVENDER INTRO: At a time when South Africans are enjoying the full benefits of international sport, it’s appropriate to recall the struggles of our sporting administrators who made this possible. Veteran journalist - Subry Govender – contends in our ongoing series on Struggle Heroes and Heroines that the role played by non-racial sports administrators was a vital element in the broader struggles for the creation of a non-racial and democratic South Africa. One of the leaders was Krish Mackerdhuj, the former president of the non-racial South African Cricket Board, who passed on, on May 26 2004.
WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH - SAY RESIDENTS IN RIVERVIEW ROAD, MUNN ROAD, SCHOOL ROAD AND OTHER AREAS OF OTTAWA AND NEARBY RESIDENTIAL COMPLEXES (One of the community leaders - Charles Govender - making it clear at the meeting that they had had enough of the sewer stink) By Subry Govender "REDUCE OUR RATES" - IS THE CALL TO THE ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY The residents of Ottawa, near Verulam, on the North Coast in South Africa have decided to intensify their campaigns for a rates reduction following admissions by Ethekweni council officials that they will have to live with the sewer stench problem engulfing the area. They took the decision at a fiery meeting held under the auspices of the Ottawa Environmental Forum at the Ottawa Town Hall last Thursday (Nov 16). The meeting was a follow-up to an emergency meeting that was held at the same venue a fortnight ago after serious sewer odour engulfed Ottawa and the Woodview and other areas of Phoenix. The residents expressed their anger after council officials disclosed at the November 16 meeting that sewer stench emanating from the nearby Phoenix Waste Water Treatment plant will recur during the current upgrading processes of the plant. (Ottawa residents attending one of the recent meetings at the Ottawa Hall) “There will be regular upgrades and maintenance work and during this process, some odour will escape into the atmosphere,” said Ritesh Kandhai, an electrical and mechanical engineer. He told the residents he could not say for how long the residents of Ottawa would have to put with the sewer odour. He said the Phoenix sewer plant was being upgraded to cater for the increase in sewer from nearby Cornubia and the Cornubia Mall. Community leaders and residents said they were fed up and not prepared to accept the current situation. One resident said they would have to resort to stronger actions in order to highlight the failure of the municipality in taking into account that the residents of Ottawa and other residential areas were entitled to “clean and fresh” air. One of the local community leaders, Mr Charles Govender, said it seemed the municipality was not concerned about the health of the residents. “In view of the disclosure now that this odour will not be completely eradicated, we call on the municipality to reduce our rates for as long as we have to live with the stench,” he said. (Another concerned residents speaking out during the recent meetings at the Ottawa Hall)