‘Investing in future’: taxi council gives to young and old community members

2010-05-31 00:00

BRIGHT hopeful faces and many toothless smiles from both the young and old, was the scene at the city hall on Friday when the Msunduzi One Regional Taxi Council handed out essential goodies through a programme called the Clarendon Transport Underwriters, Retaco Schools Outreach Programme and Keep the Elderly Warm Campaign.

As many as 310 pupils and 310 grannies from various schools and old age homes from all over the city were lucky enough to receive uniforms and blankets to the value of R250 000.

The beneficiaries also received a hot meal and left with full stomachs after feasting on breyani and curry.

Msunduzi One Regional Taxi Council manager Sheriff Hoosen said the initiative, which started last year, is about the taxi industry giving back to the community. “People out there need the support of business. There are poor people out there who are really struggling, and we are hoping other businesses will see the need to support such projects,” said Hoosen. This was reiterated by the association’s chairperson Boy Zondi, who said that by investing in young people, they are investing in the future.

In her welcoming speech, Msunduzi Deputy Mayor Jabu Ngubo said business people are often viewed as merely chasing profit. However, she said it is encouraging to see business people who think about the communities they come from.

Transport MEC Willies Mchunu, Ngubo and uMgungundlovu district manager for the Education Department, Nomawethu Mjajubane, were among the guests of honour.

The oldest recipient, 108-year-old Florence Magubane from Esigodini, told The Witness that her advanced age is due to God’s favour.

Hoosen said the organisation hopes to increase next year’s donations by roping in the four big petrol giants as sponsors.

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