The 18th of July is a day declared Nelson Mandela International Day, by the United Nations. On this day, people are urged to spend 67 minutes of their time, participating in different activities that espouse the principles of humility to make a positive contribution to the lives of others.
One of the Organisations to be involved in this initiative this year was the Kitso Lesedi Community Development (KLCD), which extended their kindness by going past 67 minutes in helping clean the habitats of homeless people on the outskirts of Union Buildings on Thursday morning.
Lenna Simango and Selina Mahlangu who are both Social Workers at KLCD were among the associates who were helping to clean up the area. Mahlangu said that offering a hand is not just a starting point for them as they do this for every Wednesday of the week in their Centre, adding that they’re situated in Arcadia, on Mont street.
The Founder and CEO of the Organisation, Dimakatso Tselapedi also made an appearance helping out and ensuring that things ran smoothly.
While in Limpopo Province
The Merciful Catering Events (TCE) dedicated their 67 minutes in commemoration of Nelson Mandela Day by giving to the young and old at the Thusa Bana Drop-in Centre orphanage and Ratanang Old-Age Home situated at the Kgohloane rural village, in Polokwane.
Molatelo Tloubatla, the owner of the catering event, said that she saw the need of helping out at the Drop-in Centre and Old-age Home because they don’t have enough food to provide for everyone due to the rising number of people in those Centres.
Tloubatla said that the main objective of the company was to at least reach a target of 300 food hampers in donations for both the Drop-in Centre and the Old-age Home. A total number of 400 food parcels were donated, which turned out to be a great achievement for him and his team.
12-year-old Phuthi Dikgale said that they were really grateful for people like Ms Tloubatla who see the need to help them out because we really needed the help. She said that she was happy since she will now eat a different meal from the staples they get because of Molatelo’s good heart.
Molatelo said that it felt good to be passing on the values esteemed by the late Former President, Nelson Mandela to the upcoming generations. She believes that giving back supports the work and legacy of Madiba.
Nthabiseng Moruapheko & Lebogang Makwela