Man­dela’s legacy

Talk of the Town - - Front Page - ROB KNOWLES and TK MTIKI

IT HAS been a tough year for many South Africans and specif­i­cally those liv­ing in the drought-stricken and im­pov­er­ished Eastern Cape, but many showed their met­tle on Man­dela Day by giv­ing of them­selves to their com­mu­ni­ties for 67 min­utes.

Al­though this year’s cel­e­bra­tion com­mem­o­rates Man­dela’s 100th birth­day, it ap­peared that fewer lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions par­tic­i­pated.

Still, those that did take part did some ster­ling work in help­ing the less for­tu­nate mem­bers of so­ci­ety with food, clean-ups or other projects.

Nd­lambe FM Ra­dio pre­sen­ters iden­ti­fied 21 vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to feed at Thorn­hill.

Project man­ager and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Nom­zolisi Mgud­landlu said, “We came up with this idea that we should cater [to the] old”.

Ra­dio DJs picked up 21 old peo­ple from dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies and pro­vided them with lunch on Tues­day. “Our fo­cus was on old peo­ple who strug­gle to walk,” said Mgud­landlu, adding that those were some of the for­got­ten peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. She said that care­givers did not have to worry about lunch on Tues­day as it was al­ready taken care of.

“We did not have any spon­sor for this. We con­trib­uted out of our own pock­ets,” Mgud­landlu said.

Sta­tion Hill CPF or­gan­ised a clean-up with

the chil­dren of Port Al­fred Primêre Skool and col­lected rub­bish from around the school, in­clud­ing the ad­ja­cent sports grounds.

A teacher at the school, Louise Bouah, said that this was a way for the chil­dren to learn about car­ing for their com­mu­nity and, at the same time, mak­ing Sta­tion Hill a cleaner place to live in.

The men at the Sikhulise Skills De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre on Pas­coe Cres­cent were de­ter­mined they would tidy the area around their build­ing.

Armed with shov­els and lots of plas­tic bags, they cleaned up at the Old Mar­ket build­ing (The Lounge), the SAPS car park op­po­site their build­ing, the mosque in the old Telkom build­ing, and the court­house, as well as on the river­side of the road at the Duck Pond.

San­ral also played its part by plant­ing 10 trees at Kuyasa Com­bined School on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

In its pam­phlet on the event, San­ral wrote: “Trees con­trib­ute to their en­vi­ron­ment by pro­vid­ing oxy­gen, im­prov­ing air qual­ity, cli­mate improvement, pre­serve wa­ter, pre­serv­ing soil and sup­port­ing wildlife.”

Talk of the Town also de­cided as a first part of its Man­dela Day pledge, to clean up along the side of the R67 at the block be­tween Becker and Miles Street on Wed­nes­day and man­aged to fill three bags in no time at all. TotT will once again be at Kelly’s Beach to­day (Thurs­day) to pick up rub­bish along the beach as well as the much-ne­glected dune bush all the way to West Beach and in­vite any­one who would like to join them to be at Kelly’s Beach at 3pm.

WAR ON WASTE: The ju­nior grade pupils at Port Al­fred Primêre Skool in Sta­tion Hill helped the lo­cal CPF in clean­ing up the town on Man­dela Day. They were ably as­sisted by a few adults in­clud­ing teach­ers Louise Bouah and Sphokazi Mpam­bane, Port Al­fred CPF chair Ge­orge Gal­braith, Sta­tion Hill CPF chair Joanne Op­per­man and SAPS of­fi­cers Sergeant Sindy Pien­aar, sec­tion com­man­der Con­sta­ble Romeo Hol­ster and War­rant Of­fi­cer Den­zel Burger

Pic­ture: ROB KNOWLES

CLEAN­ING YOUR OWN DOORSTEP: With the on­go­ing road­works on the R72, a great deal of rub­bish has ac­cu­mu­lated at the side of the road. Talk of the Town staffers, from left, Bryan Smith, Mauneen Char­ter and Prim­rose Magqun­tulu filled three whole bags of rub­bish, col­lected along the road­side for a sin­gle block, on Man­dela Day

Pic­ture: ROB KNOWLES

MEN ON A MIS­SION: The men who are reg­is­tered through Sikhulise Skills De­vel­op­ment gave back to the com­mu­nity on Man­dela Day by clean­ing up their area. They are, from left, Toto Makasi, Elvis Siko, Bule­lani Donile, Welling­ton Veto, Ivan But­ton, Tem­bek­ile Hol­i­day, Sandile Gdze, Si­mon Ma­gadaza, Fezek­ile Stengile with Sikhulise man­ager Gertrude Sigonyela and vol­un­teer Lynne Net­tel­ton

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

OUT-OF-STU­DIO SER­VICE: Just a day be­fore Man­dela’s birth­day, Nd­lambe FM ra­dio pre­sen­ters catered to 21 el­derly peo­ple from Thorn­hill who can­not walk as part of their 67 min­utes. From left are Nkosi­nathi Poni, Nom­zolisi Mgud­landlu, Simthandile Tyam and Ti­tala Ntombozuko

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