The Rustenburg Local Municipality, would like to extend its gratitude to the family of Sonwabile Ngxito popularly known as Zano Thando, on his accomplishment as a Top 4 finalist on the 2020 edition of the music competition – Idols. The cooperation the Office of the Executive Mayor received enabled all the efforts geared towards Zano’s success to become achievable “we are indeed proud of Zano Thando’s success, he may have not won the competition, but South African knows about him and what Rustenburg can offer” Mayor Khunou remarked.
The milestone of reaching the top 4 finalists in a competition that seeks to identify the best, yet undiscovered talent within South Africa is a remarkable achievement. In the numerous engagements the Executive Mayor Councillor Mpho Khunou has had with the 24-year old Zano Thando who hails from Lethabong, has always said his mission was to ensure that the country knows about that Rustenburg has to offer.
While reacting to his recent exit the Executive Mayor said expectations were high, at the end of the process it is the votes which decided any contestant’s fate “we have been rallying behind Zano Thando from early on in the competition. I have been talking to him intermittently virtually throughout the competition and he has consistently expressed his desire of youth development through his presence at the idols competition. In one of virtual engagements, in the presence of the local media, the support towards him was overwhelming and one has to thank the people of Rustenburg, and the entire province for uniting and showing support to one of their own” Mayor Khunou concluded.
The Rustenburg Local Municipality has every intention to ensure that it provides the necessary support to Zano Thando as he now focuses on taking his music career forward. Further to that the Municipality will also be continually providing assistance and support to the youth of the locality with their varying talents to ensure that, Rustenburg like many other city’s plays a critical and meaningful role during the developmental stage of their own youth.
While our City has not been spared from the undesirable consequences of the novel corona virus, great progress has been registered by the City through the annual Mayoral Extravaganza which will not take place this year, owing to the recently announced additional regulations, during alert level 1 of the nationwide lockdown. The RLM is proud that just under a decade, it has taken the task of developing its youth by affording them the opportunity to display their musical talents, during the year-end festivities as the leadership of the Municipality believes in talent development of its own people as being key in developing Rustenburg. We will continue to ensure that, the youth of Rustenburg is not excluded as their contribution is vital, particularly in the City’s long term plans for tourism and entertainment.