Johann Krog, MPP
Democratic Alliance KZN Legislature
WALKING along Durban’s beach front promenade over the Heritage weekend, I was struck by the warmth and goodwill of others who came out in droves to do what they enjoy most – spend time with loved ones. I found myself celebrating humanity and the common ground that we share – no political barriers, no arguments about quotas and nepotism, just families consolidating bonds of love.
Our beach front is a living monument to what South Africans have achieved and the largely peaceful co-existence that exists, notwithstanding a violent past. On Heritage day, and any other day, Durbanites and visitors of all races and religious creeds can enjoy swimming, walking, cycling and eating out with their families, making the most of our perfect climate. The clean beachfront environment stretching from the Northern Beaches to the Harbour entrance is a symbol of the values that bind us and our city fathers must be congratulated for creating a monument to the diversity of South Africa, while celebrating our historical diversity.
It is time that the divisions between Freedom Park and the Voortrekker Monument were buried once and for all. Our children’s wellbeing – which includes a quality education – must become the focal point so they that too can enjoy a future in our wonderful land.