Help spread the joy as year ends

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the hol­i­days.

Twala, who is also known as the “fa­ther of Alexan­dra”, has been a com­mu­nity leader for 43 years.

In 1967, to as­sist the com­mu­nity, he founded a cen­tre for the aged.

The place grew from strength to strength – from a cor­ru­gated iron clinic to a proper satel­lite clinic. It also has a li­brary, a com­mu­nity board­room and hall, a soup kitchen and, soon, a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence. The cen­tre feeds about 200 chil­dren and 150 el­derly peo­ple a day.

Twala says 90 per­cent of Alexan­dra res­i­dents are un­em­ployed.

“There is real poverty here, but the worst af­fected are the el­derly, the or­phans and child­headed house­holds. Ev­ery Christ­mas we try to give food parcels to as many peo­ple as we can. We are aim­ing at dis­tribut­ing 3 500 food parcels to see them over the fes­tive sea­son.”

Many of the el­derly peo­ple, he says, are des­ti­tute.

“Th­ese are peo­ple who worked as do­mes­tics and gar­den­ers in the sub­urbs and who be­came too old to work and were left to fend for them­selves with­out a proper pen­sion.

“Many are look­ing after their grand­chil­dren, re­ly­ing solely on their state pen­sions. We need to help them and give them a lit­tle joy in their lives.”

Twala is ap­peal­ing to peo­ple to con­trib­ute food parcels.

“I’m blessed to have touched many lives in my many years of com­mu­nity ser­vice. It has been a jour­ney that in­jects me with hope and en­ergy to do more for my com­mu­nity. That is why I am invit­ing peo­ple to cel­e­brate with us by help­ing th­ese vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple,” he said.

Twala can be con­tacted at 082 4422 866.

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