67 minutes: South Coast celebrates Mandela Day

2011-07-19 00:00

AS the whole country celebrated Mandela Day, businesses on the South Coast proudly joined in and spared their precious 67 minutes (and sometimes longer).

Some simply pitched straight in, like the Zebra Garage’s staff members, who cleaned up the neighbourhood, and the senior management of Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital, who did the menial jobs for a change.

Others, like the Beekman Group and Coca-Cola, started their celebrations the customary way — sharing a Madiba birthday cake and singing.

Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital:

PORT Shepstone Provincial Hospital celebrated Mandela Day by putting the senior management to work in various departments.

CEO Gabriel BC Khawula and systems manager Sibusiso Richard Mhlongo manned the admin department, while deputy nursing manager Bawenile Ndlovu visited patients in the casualty ward.

Also at the hospital were Nzameka and Dudu Jali of Gamalakhe, who held a church service for young mothers and their children in the children’s ward.

They also donated clothing and sweets for the children.

Zebra Garage:

RATHBONVILLE Garage, also known as Zebra Garage, in Port Shepstone cleaned the neighbourhood for 67 minutes.

With the help of nearby businesses the garage’s staff cheerfully collected litter around the area.

It was an act they found both fun and fulfilling.

In fact, they enjoyed it so much that they decided to do it on a monthly basis.

A garage official said, “It felt good to celebrate Mandela Day in this way and we’ve actually decided we’re going to do it on the 18th of every month from now on.”

COCA-COLA:

COCA-COLA gave their Mandela Day contributions to the Fever Fund for distribution to the needy.

They donated 100 blankets, and staff members were encouraged to donate canned food and non-perishable items.

The staff members who made donations were entered into a lucky draw.

The winner received a copy of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography A Long Walk to Freedom.

They also cheered up the Fever offices with celebratory cupcakes, doughnuts and Coke, and then got together to sing Happy Birthday.

Beekman Group:

STAFF of the Beekman Group spent their 67 minutes with the elderly at Anelle Haven Retirement Centre.

Women of the leisure management company organised a tea party for the residents at the centre. The group also donated 12 chairs and two long sofas.

Said food service supervisor Lizette Gouveia, “They are really nice people and they are like angels’ hands.”

Public relations officer Samantha Podmore said, “Anelle Haven is a place that is close to our hearts. We are very proud to be participating in the Mandela Day celebrations in this way.”

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