While thousands of unmarried women attending this year’s annual reed dance will have to put up with sleeping on buses and on the floor in marquees‚ 6‚000 from Durban will sleep on carpets worth almost R500‚000‚ hired by the Ethekwini Municipality.The municipality has budgeted R1.6m for the three-day reed dance (Umkhosi WoMhlanga) festival which takes place at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Enyokeni Palace in Nongoma next week from Friday until Sunday.The expenditure is expected to be approved by the municipal full council on Friday. Durban mayor Zandile Gumede said the support was given to the young women to ensure they were "safe and comfortable" while attending the reed dance. The funding will be used for transport‚ accommodation and catering for women from Durban attending the reed dance.A report submitted to the executive committee this week said there were two carpets‚ each measuring 30m by 70m. Each cost R240‚000 including their transporting‚ setting down and removal after the eve...

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