Nyambi family epitomises Aussie pledge


CONGRATULATIONS: Mayor Clare McLaughlin with Fatima, Brendon, David, Wellbeloved and Blessing Nyambi at the Australian Citizenship ceremony in the Whyalla Council chamber..

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The City of Whyalla’s new citizenship ceremony brought together a wonderful mix of families and friends last week.

The group gathering and reading of the citizenship pledge in front of an audience was an idea from Mayor Clare McLaughlin. It proved an outstanding success as nearly 100 people enjoyed supper and mingled after the ceremony after witnessing 20 Whyalla residents become official Aussies.

 “It was a fantastic occasion to see all these people becoming official Australians and then stay around to have a chat, something to eat and enjoy the occasion,” Mayor McLaughlin said.

“We have so many wonderful families in Whyalla and sometimes you come across a family that just makes you smile.

“The Nyambi family is one of those.

“To see the joy on their faces as they took their plege together and to hear how much they love being here is something that will stay with me forever.

“It is such an honour for Whyalla to have people like Wellbeloved, Fatima and their children - Blessing, Brandon and David - become official Australians and make our city their home.”


BIG EVENT: Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin with the 20 Whyalla residents who took their citizenship pledge.

It was a last-minute confirmation for the Nyambi family members to take their pledge together and something Wellbeloved and Fatima were over the moon about.

“We thought we were just coming down to witness Fatima taking her pledge but then we found out we were all on the list,” Wellbeloved said.

“We were very happy, it was very special to be doing it all together.”

Wellbeloved came to Whyalla about five years ago to work as a process engineer at the steelworks. He and wife Fatima and son Blessing were born in Zimbabwe with Brendon and David born in South Africa. Blessing is loving his sport as a keen soccer player while Brendon and David love the shops and school.

“We are very happy, Australia is a good country and so accommodating,” Fatima said.

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