Kwaito star to live on in foundation
EXACTLY a year after his death the wife of the late kwaito musician Mandoza, Mpho Tshabalala, will tomorrow launch the Mandoza Foundation aimed at assisting cancer patients by providing them with meals and shelter while they are getting treatment.
The foundation will be launched 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 she would prefer to use the time to reach out to others.
“I said instead of sitting at home and crying, 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, I was there on a daily basis,” said Tshabalala.
The foundation aims to give underprivileged cancer patients hope and to assist them with the daily difficulties that Tshabalala witnessed throughout Mandoza’s hospitalisation.
“I saw my husband battle this disease, 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,” she said.
The foundation will work in partnership with the Cancer Association of South Africa.
“The foundation will assist cancer sufferers by means of providing them with meals and shelter, especially those who come from outside of Johannesburg.
“We will also be actively promoting campaigns on early detection testing in our communities. We will have educational programmes about cancer,” she said.
Tshabalala said it had not been an easy journey since the death of Mandoza, but the family was coping, through the support of people 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.