REMARKS BY HER WORSHIP CLLR AGNES KAFULA, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF WINDHOEK AT THE OCCASION OF THE CEREMONY OF THE SWITCHING-ON OF THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2014
I am honoured to be in your midst this evening, at the occasion of the Switching-on of Christmas Lights in the City of Windhoek. This special event marks, officially, the beginning of the festive season in our City. I am therefore very happy, to see a good representation of the community of Windhoek, at this blissful occasion.
Director of Ceremonies, It is important to note first and foremost that Christmas celebration is an event when all Namibians, regardless of their religion or cultural background, can reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a country that has family values, freedom of rights and freedom of speech.
At the same time, the festive season is a time for people to get together with families and friends; and a time to care and think about others, especially those who are less fortunate and who find the festive season more painful than cheerful.
This is also the time of the year when we should reflect on the needs of the lonely and the elderly who at times feel very alone especially for those with no family ties in the City.
This year, we decided to focus on people with disability, due to the fact that the 3rd of December is a United Nation International Day for People with disabilities. The aim of the day is to promote an understanding of people with disabilities, and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. This we can do if our society works towards building confidence at the early age of persons with disability or children with special needs.
Children with special needs are so special, because they equally have special talent and potential that can be developed and fulfilled. Education is one area where their potential and talents can be developed and utilized effectively. With education, they become active participants in their society and contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation.
I am therefore pleased to announce that we have invited forty (40) boys and girls from the School for the Hearing Impaired from Khomasdal, as beneficiaries of this year’s Christmas Box Gifts.
For the past years, we have witnessed the achievements and talents of people with disabilities in sport, work, politics and other important areas, including community work. As a City we are committed to integrate people with disabilities in our programmes and activities.
Director of Ceremonies
Biblically, Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ which is formerly cerebrated on each 25 December. On the same note, the birth of Jesus Christ is mostly dedicated to children. It is for this reason that as part of the Mayoral witching-on of the Christmas lights, I have organized small party packs as Christmas gifts for the children.
Therefore, for our children who are here today, we have organized small Christmas gifts for you, which you will receive later in our program. This is to show that the City cares much for the little ones, particularly, those who behave and listen very well, both to their parents at home, as well as, to their teachers at school.
To those who are traveling away to visit families and friends, may you have a safe and enjoyable journey, and a restful holiday season. To our visitors to both Namibia and Windhoek, I sincerely welcome you. I wish you a splendid festive season and hospitality of our people.
Hon Cllrs, Dear Residents, I should also inform you that this is the last time I am presiding over the Christmas Lights Switching-on Ceremony as the Mayor of our beautiful City, as my term of office comes to an end on the 1st of December 2014. I must say it has been an honour to have been given an opportunity to be at the helm of our Capital City.
On this note, allow me to express my sincere gratitude to the Windhoek residents, our Government, and indeed our development partners, for the support that they have rendered to me during my tenure of office.
I would therefore like to wish our City, the residents, and visitors alike, peace and prosperity.
In conclusion, allow me on behalf of the Council and Management of the City, to wish you a Christmas that gives contentment, happiness and love, and we wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous 2014!
I thank you.