Congress of South African Trade Unions’s (COSATU) Annual May Day Celebration was held at Curries Fountain on Sunday 1 May 2016. The stadium was packed to capacity and was addressed by Bheki Ntshalintshali of COSATU and Gwede Mantashe from the ANC. This year’s rallies across the country was Celebrating 30 years defending collective bargaining, workers jobs and our hard won rights. A statement from COSATU says “This year’s May Day celebrations is first and foremost about taking the war to our class enemies and consolidating unity among workers. It is about celebrating and defending our victories whilst at the same time preparing to heighten our battles against the neo-liberal offensive by our class enemies”.
The Berea Technical College held its Orientation Programme at Curries Fountain Sports Development
Centre on Friday 29 April 2016. The College used this day as a platform to welcome current and new
students to the beginning of the new scholarship year and as a way to inspire the students’ progress
at college. Various artists performed and students had a jol amongst their friends. Another safe and
successful Orientation Day under their belt! Wishing the students and staff a prosperous and
productive academic year ahead!
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By Esivani Naidoo
In the midst of a nationwide drought, there is a spark of hope and reminiscence at the Curries Fountain Sports Development Centre. On Friday 22 January 2016 as workers drove a project to improve the conditions of the sportsfield, there was a glimmer of relief as they struck a water source, which is believed to be a fountain that was situated on the property.
The name of the sports ground Curries Fountain originated in 1870 when a drought and water shortage prompted Councillor HW Currie to sink an artesian well, in search of water in the area below Botanic Gardens. Water was struck and the well was named Curries Fountain.
The water resource provides opportunities for Curries Fountain Sports Grounds itself, the Botanical Garden and surrounding schools such as Sastri College and Orient Islamic School and neighbouring units if this water is harvested.
In 1879 Councillor HW Currie described the well as an inexhaustible source of water. We see that true in 2016 as the Curries Fountain Sports Development Centre undertake an initiative on how to best use the water during the current drought.
Through consultation with Ethekwini Municipality Water and Sanitation Department it has been verified that the water is unsuitable for human consumption, however Curries Fountain Sports Development Centre is looking into options of how to redirect the water and use it wisely. The Centre hopes that conscientious entities, both private and public, could provide solutions in harvesting the water and welcomes any interested parties to contact the office.
The fountain was discovered after KZN MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, welcoming the announcement of the province as a disaster area by national government due to the drought. The MEC warned that “communities still need to conserve water and use water sparingly because these dry times are actually a global phenomenon that is said to be going to prevail along with the climate change and global warming phenomena”.
Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) celebrated its 30th anniversary in Durban on Saturday 5 December 2015. Thousands of workers converged at Curries Fountain for the anniversary rally.
Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, South African Communist Party General Secretary, Blade Nzimande, and Cosatu President, S'dumo Dlamini addressed the crowd.
KwaZulu-Natal secretary, Edwin Mkhize, said that the focus of the Union will be on recognising achievements of the past three decades. He added that they are at a phase that needs workers to unite in order to confront the exploitative system of capitalism and exploitation of workers in the workplace.
With the anniversary rally, the Cosatu leadership had an opportunity to reassure workers that it is still focused on fighting for their interests and not each other as they emerge from the elective congress.
Picture from: http://journalismiziko.dut.ac.za/current-affairs/cosatu-celebrate-30th-anniversary/
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