The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Mpumalanga spent the better part of Mandela Day supporting and helping those in need at Eziphunzini in Mkhondo Local Municipality.
Mandela Day has become a day on which the organisation chooses a charity and makes a difference directly to the lives of the less fortunate.
SALGA Mpumalanga in partnership with the Department of Social Development, Mkhondo Local Municipality and Gert Sibande District Municipality’s Mandela Day activities included the donation of food parcels and blankets to ten child-headed households, as well as kits to the homebased care centre that is in Eziphunzini and schoolbooks to the Mkhondo Library, under the national Mandela Day theme “fight against poverty”.
The ten households were identified by Mkhondo Local Municipality and the department of Social Development. These are households which are headed by children/young adults who are unemployed and impoverished. The families that received food parcels are as follows: Nkambule children, Ngubane children, Mdluli children, Khumalo children, Zwane children, Nkonyane children, Buthelezi children, Mabusa children, Nxumalo children and Hlophe children.
The food parcels, blankets, schoolbooks and homebased care kits were handed over by the SALGA Mpumalanga Chairperson (Cllr. Chirwa), the Executive Mayor of Mkhondo Local Municipality (Cllr. V.S. Motha), the Chairperson of the SALGA Mpumalanga Community Development Working Group (Cllr. Nkadimeng), the Municipal Manager of Mkhondo Local Municipality (Mr M. Kunene) and the ward councillors of the respective wards in which the households reside.
We need to restore and reaffirm the dignity of people of Africa and the developing world. We need to place the eradication of poverty at the top of the world’s priorities. We need to know with a fresh conviction that we all share a common humanity and that our diversity in the world is the strength for our future together – Nelson Mandela.