Zim students reach out to Jika Joe

2010-04-28 00:00

THE Zimbabwean Society of the Uninversity of KwaZulu-Natal yesterday donated clothing to the needy residents of Jika Joe informal settlement yesterday.

The group started collecting the clothing, which included bedding, by placing empty boxes in strategic positions on the Pietermaritzburg campus, said the chairperson of the society, Tatenda Chadya.

“This is what we would have loved to do back in our own country, but due to circumstances we decided to help those around us,” said Chadya.

“We also help out other Zim­babweans around Pietermaritzburg with whatever we can. The reason for today’s donation is a way of celebrating Freedom Day with South Africans.”

This group has been in existence for three years and last year it made a similar donation to Pasca, the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Christian Social Awareness, which assists orphans, among other needy groups.

A community member in Jika Joe, Bheki Dladla, said locals should take a leaf from foreign students who take it upon themselves to reach out to the needy.

“This does make a difference because some of us here are destitute and wish that local businesses and those who can afford it do the same,” Dladla said.

 

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