Motsepe plays Father Christmas

2011-11-25 15:19

The Eastern Cape’s Buffalo City Metro Municipality today welcomed mining magnate and soccer boss Patrice Motsepe, and his foundation, who came to spread the festive cheer.

Through his foundation, the Motsepe Foundation, the owner of Pretoria soccer outfit Mamelodi Sundowns handed out toys to 5 000 needy children in various townships across Buffalo City.

This was the second time the foundation, which will also host a music concert on East London’s beachfront on Sunday, visited the city.

Motsepe was accompanied by Buffalo City mayor Zukiswa Ncitha and foundation staffers including former Sundowns’ captain and Bafana Bafana goalpoacher Daniel “Mambush” Modau.

The truck carrying the toys drove all the way from making stops at Dimbaza, Mdantsane, Nompumelelo, Gompo townships, and East London, where Motsepe met and shook hands with about a thousand children and their parents.

Motsepe said the whole exercise was about bringing joy to those less fortunate, but also about reminding himself about the purpose of life. His message to the children gathered at Mdantsane’s Indoor Sports Centre was that they are the future, and he urged them to be responsible children.

“We are so privileged to bring a little bit of joy ... To see that smile (on the children’s faces) makes us understand what our purpose is in this world. Our purpose is to give back, (and) to make life better for those who are not as fortunate as us.

“As long as they can be responsible citizens, who will contribute towards the betterment of the country, that’s what we want,” he said.

Motsepe said the whole project would move onto Polokwane, Durban and Tshwane before moving onto to Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg in the coming weeks.

Sunday’s concert will feature national musical talents such as newcomer, and East Londoner, Zahara Mkhuthukane, Ntando, and house music extraordinaire DJ Cleo.

According to Katlego Mokoena from TS Records Mcees for the event will be singer and television presenter Thembi Seete and radio personality Amaza Ntshanga.

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