Welcome to uMngeni, where the New South Africa is at last dawning

Its new leaders are young, competent and anti-corruption – in short, exactly what a nation that’s in the ashes needs

Few South Africans would know where to find uMngeni municipality on a map. But throw in familiar town names such as Hilton and Howick and suddenly you have a sense of place; a mental picture of those lush green fields of the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. A few weeks ago, a little miracle unfolded in the municipal elections in uMngeni. A young white man, 30-year-old Christopher Pappas, became mayor, with a young black man, Sandile Mnikathi, 26, as his deputy...

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