Subway project changes lives

2016-04-06 06:00
PHOTO: TANIA SANDBERG Thembise Ndlovu has been employed through a community initiative, and recently an unknown well-wisher donated new overalls to him.

PHOTO: TANIA SANDBERG Thembise Ndlovu has been employed through a community initiative, and recently an unknown well-wisher donated new overalls to him.

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EIGHT months ago a man’s dream was realised when the community got together to clean up one of the eyesores in Warner Beach, the subway tunnel to the beach.

An unemployed man, Thembise Ndlovu was employed to help clean, prepare and paint the subway.

“Thembise lives in Umbumbulu with his five children and wife and really needed assistance.
“He showed such commitment that we gave him more responsibility and soon his duties changed to being the full-time gardener to an area that is fast becoming a major tourist attraction,” said Lee Lewis of the Durban South Opportunity Centre.

Romy Wenzel of My Sapphire Community agreed: “Thembise is always on time, dedicated, reliable and trustworthy and assisted us with the removal of three hobos two weeks ago.
“He brought to my attention that people were loitering in the subway tunnel, looking for shelter while drinking alcohol.
“The group was successfully removed by ET,” Wenzel said.

Lewis said Ndlovu has come a long way since being unemployed and waiting for a job offer and has just had some new overalls donated to him by an unknown well-wisher.

People from far and wide come to marvel at the newly decorated bridge and often pose for a photograph close to the national flag painted on the bridge.

- Supplied.

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