Cape Town — President Cyril Ramaphosa concluded his visit to KwaZulu-Natal by joining members of the Nazareth Baptist Church for their July Pilgrimage.
The president was in KZN to for an oversight visit to inspect water projects aimed at improving water inspection and the maintenance of bulk water infrastructure in the province.
He officially open the Darvill Wastewater Treatment Works and Sod Turning of the upgrade on the Phase 1 of the Vulindlela Bulk Water supply scheme, the presidency said.
The Community Engagement session provides an opportunity for the government to interact with communities, and a space to address issues raised by the public relating to service delivery affecting, or of interest to the community. pic.twitter.com/6vo7HsM36V
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The visit was led by The Department of Water and Sanitation and Ramaphosa said the upgrades to Phase 1 of the Vulindlela Bulk Water Supply Scheme will improve the availability and supply of drinking water to various communities in the uMgungundlovu District, including Msunduzi and the uMngeni Local Municipalities.
The Darvill Wastewater Treatment Works will expand treatment capacity of this plant, thereby providing the drive for further housing, business and industrial development within Msunduzi.
The president concluded his visit to KZN by visiting the Shembe church in their annual pilgrimage and worshipped with them – much to their excitement. Ramaphosa gathered with members of the church in worshipping alongside their leader, His Holiness Mduduzi “Nyazilwezulu” Shembe, IOL reported.
The Shembe church is one of the biggest and most influential traditional churches in South Africa. Every year in July the church, which is anchored in Inanda, hosts the pilgrimage as part of remembering its founding leader Inkosi Isaiah Shembe who established the religious institution in 1910.
WATCH: President Cyril Ramaphosa and part of his cabinet along with ANC KZN leadership attended a Nazareth church service in eBuhleni during his visit to the province. pic.twitter.com/toFxE7nqVF
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Compiled by Matthew Petersen