Local organisations celebrate Mandela

ORGANISATIONS and individuals from the South Coast spent their 67 minutes, and in some cases even more giving back to the community in various ways on Mandela Day.

This year’s Mandela Day, July 18, also marked the global icon’s centenary as he would have been 100 years old and local companies, NPOs, as well as government institutions responded enthusiastically to the call to make this year’s 67 minutes a little extra special.

Amid the excited participants were representatives from Coca-Cola, Mister Cool, Singatha Business Incubators, ANC ward 17 branch leaders, Margate Netcare as well as Port Shepstone Hospital.

Ward 27 councillor Mdumiseni Cele officially handed over a precious gift to Nositha resident Busisiwe Mzobe.

Cele in partnership with various stakeholders worked hand in hand ensuring that this old woman, who previously lived in a dilapidated house, received a newly built house, that was also fully furnished.

Cele was alerted of Mzobe’s living condition by community members who reside near the elderly woman.

Also during winter Mzobe faced a bigger challenge of sleeping on the cold floor, and this called for the urgent intervention of the councillor and sponsors.

Among sponsors was the Esayidi Tvet College, Singatha Business Incubator who donated clothes, blankets and a food parcel worth R2 000 to the recipient.

Cele then thanked and encouraged the community to speak out and report such matters to ensure prompt responses.

Branch chairperson, Phumlani Mzobe, said such programmes would continue to grow bigger as the entire year was dedicated to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

The local Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) had a clean-up campaign which was held in Gamalakhe on the day. Gamalakhe primary schools such as Sethembinkosi Primary, Inkulu Primary and Ohlangeni Primary were part of the campaign.

Siphokazi Gcwensa from CCBSA said the company started the recycling program in Port Shepstone last year with aim to motivate young pupils especially in primary schools to keep the environment clean at all times. She manages the programme locally with Thobile Khwani.

Air-conditioning company Mister Cool also did a clean-up campaign, while The Wild Coast Sun treated 100 children from the Hibberdene Children’s Holiday Home to a fun filled day at the Wild Waves Water Park, with a free lunch courtesy of the resort.

Margate Netcare Hospital and Margate SAPS

joined forces and encouraged staff members to donate canned food and blankets which were handed over to Umusa community projects.

Margate SAPS committed themselves to collecting blankets and ensuring that the community in need keeps warm this winter, while Netcare Margate Hospital collected canned food to ensure that those in need do not go to bed hungry.

Margate Netcare public relations officer, Asiphe Hlela, said despite these two different organisation sectors, their act of kindness and willingness to go the extra mile would not be forgotten.

“They kept reminding themselves that as global icon Nelson Mandela said there can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return,” said Hlela.

Port Shepstone Hospital staff gave 30 blankets to the senior citizens and further donated eleven blankets and clothes to Siyamthanda Shelter in Gcilima to keep them warm this winter for their 67 minutes.

The event was embraced by other stakeholders who also donated more blankets, sanitary pads, walking sticks, gift packs, food parcels, light lunch, tea, sandwiches and toys.

The stakeholders that came on board included Port Shepstone Rotary club, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Eyodo, Ugu Municipality, Nommy’s Cleaning Services, Yonwaba Nathi, Childline, Lifeline, Port Shepstone Hospital Board and Hibiscus Food for Life.

Finally, Port Shepstone SAPS rolled up their sleeves for Mandela Day when they repaired and painted the premises of Masibambisane Edu-Care Centre in Murchison.

Brigadier Sandra Nala, station commander for Port Shepstone SAPS, her management team together with SAPS Women’s Network as well as Men for Change Champions handed over food packs, stationery, clothes and provided the children with lunch.

She thanked members for their support.