Kwaito star’s legacy will help oth­ers

Sunday Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - SIPHELELE BUTHELEZI

A YEAR af­ter the death of kwaito mu­si­cian Man­doza, his widow Mpho Tsha­bal­ala will launch the Man­doza Foun­da­tion aimed at as­sist­ing cancer pa­tients with meals and shel­ter while they are get­ting treat­ment.

The foun­da­tion will be launched to­mor­row at the Char­lotte Max­eke Hos­pi­tal in Jo­han­nes­burg in the on­col­ogy ward where Man­doza was treated be­fore his death.

Septem­ber 18 is also Tsha­bal­ala’s birth­day, and she told the Sun­day Tri­bune that she would rather use the time to reach out to oth­ers in­stead of cry­ing at home, think­ing about the day she lost the love of her life.

“I said I need to go out there and make a change in other peo­ple’s lives. I thought ‘let me com­mem­o­rate this day by giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity’.

“The Char­lotte Max­eke Hos­pi­tal be­came my sec­ond home when Man­doza was ad­mit­ted there, I was there on a daily ba­sis,” said Tsha­bal­ala.

The foun­da­tion is aimed at giv­ing un­der­priv­i­leged cancer pa­tients hope and as­sist­ing them with the daily dif­fi­cul­ties that Tsha­bal­ala wit­nessed dur­ing Man­doza’s hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion.

“I saw my hus­band bat­tle this dis­ease, and I was also ex­posed to other pa­tients who were di­ag­nosed with cancer, so I know the strug­gle and dif­fi­cul­ties they go through.

“My hus­band found out when he was al­ready on stage three. I re­mem­ber I used to won­der how he would have been if he had found out ear­lier.

“I don’t wish for other peo­ple to go through what my hus­band went through. Those who are al­ready di­ag­nosed, I wish to as­sist them with their needs where I can,” said Tsha­bal­ala.

The foun­da­tion will work in part­ner­ship with the Cancer As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa.

“The foun­da­tion will as­sist cancer suf­fer­ers by pro­vid­ing them with meals and shel­ter, es­pe­cially those who come from out­side Jo­han­nes­burg,” she said.

“We will also be ac­tively pro­mot­ing cam­paigns on early de­tec­tion test­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties. We will have ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes about cancer.”

Tsha­bal­ala said it had not been an easy jour­ney since the death of Man­doza, but the fam­ily was cop­ing through the sup­port of fam­ily and prayer.

“We are cop­ing through God; I lost a part­ner and a friend, so it’s been a dif­fi­cult year. I have be­come a sin­gle par­ent.

“It’s the first time I am rais­ing kids on my own. I come home and he is not there. It has not been easy but we are cop­ing,” she said.

The late kwaito star Man­doza with his wife, Mpho Tsha­bal­ala, who is launch­ing a cancer foun­da­tion in his name.

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