One event for Mandela-day was not enough for Mkhondo Local Municipality and 67 minutes for Mandela-day became 201 minutes when three of the departments took part in the celebrations.
The Department of Community Safety and Liaison in partnership with Mkhondo Local Municipality and other stakeholders, hosted an event in Iswepe. Various donations were made to schools and daycare centres in the area. 300 fruit trees were planted and the importance of vegetable gardens was discussed, as both these thing can lead to curbing poverty in communities.
In the spirit of embracing Nelson Mandela-day 2019 the Mkhondo Environmental Forum also took part in the 67 minutes for Mandela-day. They cleaned a stream in Amsterdam, painted a house that was repaired after it burnt down and did some physical exercises with the elderly people in the community.
Under the theme of “Action Against Poverty”, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development together with Mkhondo Local Municipality paid a visit to Nokuthula Primary School at Sigudada in Ward 08. Trees and vegetables were planted and the learners were educated on how to maintain a vegetable garden.
Although Mandela-day is a extraordinary idea, helping someone in need should not be limited to only a day or a mere 67 minutes.
Article by Maranatha School
A busy Mandela-day for Driefontein
On Thursday, 18 July, members of SAPS Dirkiesdorp, SAPS Piet Retief and Mr Nkabinde from CPF and their people all came together for a Mandela-day project.
Some much needed repairs were done to the Dirkiesdorp Police Station. The grass was cut, the premises was cleaned and the building was painted inside. The lights and flagpoles were also repaired so that the flags could be raised again.
They also provided some warm soup and bread for the community and the old age home. The children of the community and the children of the disabled children’s home also received sweets and snacks.
The involved members and the Driefontein community would like to thank the relevant sponsors who made the day a huge success.