Victoria Falls City Council Mayor Councillor Somvelo Dlamini has thanked residents of the city for coming together to rebuild a house that was destroyed by a fire earlier this year.

The mayor was speaking at a hand over ceremony held at the house in Ward 11 where he handed over keys to the Sakala family whose house had been restored from donations and volunteer work by neighbours and well-wishers

Victoria falls mayor with Mr. Sakala and Victoria falls city councillors and committee chair Mr. Cosmas Moyo

“I am so happy to be leading a community that is so united, you have exhibited team work at it best at a time when COVID-19 has terrorised our communities. It was not easy to see such a big house totally destroyed, but the community came together to help rebuild it,” said Dlamini

A committee made up of well-wishers and volunteers came together to help gather finances and resources to rebuild the house and help take care of the Sakala family.

The mayor, Somvelo Dlamini went on to thank the committee’s financial personnel for their honesty and diligence saying the council and other local authorities could learn from the work they did.

The Sakala house burning.

“I want to thank the finance committee for the work they did, indeed we are taking a leaf from the committee. As local authorities we sometimes find it difficult to have our books in order. Some local authorities have had their budgets rejected by the ministry [of Local Government] because they failed to meet expectations, but you have shown great skill and determination,” said the mayor.

“Although we feel that they have been some shortcoming with service delivery, sometimes you learn through the hard way. So we are going to sit-down and see where the council should improve, especially for our fire department,” he added.

Also speaking at the event on behalf of the Sakala Family Mr. Sakala expressed gratitude for the work that went into restoring his house and how the family was taken care of while renovations took place.

Burnt property in one of the bedrooms

“After this house went down I had no idea where to start, but I have learnt a lot from the time you started helping us. I am at a loss of words especially to the Victoria Falls residents, churches and everyone who came together and helped,” said Mr. Sakala.

Mr. Sakala went to add that when the house burnt down, he was distraught and didn’t know how he was going to take care of his family but the Victoria Falls community came to their rescue when he least expected it.

“When the house burnt down we were left with nothing but through your help we had clothes
accommodation and food so thank you very much for your kindness,” he added.

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