Sis Maureen’s oven fired up

2016-05-19 06:00
Zukiswa Mhlahlo, Mosa Khotha, Sales Manager ät SABMiller, Archibald Mabanga, Linda Maureen Nokuphumla Mabanga and Pheliswa Faba-Marman, Proportional Representation (PR) Councillor of Subcouncil 10, after the hand over of the container in Khayelitsha on Monday.         PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Zukiswa Mhlahlo, Mosa Khotha, Sales Manager ät SABMiller, Archibald Mabanga, Linda Maureen Nokuphumla Mabanga and Pheliswa Faba-Marman, Proportional Representation (PR) Councillor of Subcouncil 10, after the hand over of the container in Khayelitsha on Monday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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It was a life changing moment for a pensioner who cooks for the needy in Khayelitsha when she received a container from a brewery company on Monday.

Linda Mabanga, 63, the founder of Sizizihlobo Community Soup Kitchen, was thrilled to have received the gift which is equipped with a stove, deep-freezer and other kitchen furniture.

The donation came after Pheliswa Faba-Marman, from Subcouncil 10, found her crying at her offices in July.

Faba-Marman said she then approached her and found that she was not happy that she did not get help she has been asking for since 2012 to register her Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) to source funding.

Mabanga, from F Section, said she was cooking for needy residents.

Marman vowed that she was going to go all out look for help.

She approached the office of Siyabulela Mamkeli, Mayoral Committee Member for Health who then approached SABMiller.

Mabanga started the soup kitchen in 1996 and said she has been digging from her own pockets ever since to feed over 40 needy residents, including senior citizens and children, twice a week.

She registered the soup kitchen as NGO in 2014.

“Cooking is my passion. I started cooking just for entertaining residents.

I then realised that there are many people who go hungry in the area. This container will change my life for the better.

I have been cooking in my small kitchen, but now I have this container which has bigger space.

I make it a point that I dish them the best food. It is not an easy journey though, because I have to take from my pension and from my husband’s pension (Archibald Mabanga),” Mabanga said.

Mabanga also suffered a burglary at her house last year which saw thieves making away with stoves and other belongings.

Mosa Khotha, Sales Manager for SABMiller said this was part of their ongoing programmes where they plough back in the communities from which they do business.

“I am very happy that we managed to help her with the container. It is one of our community values projects.

We do our best to support communities and empower them to prosper,” Khotha said.

Mamkeli applauded SABMiller for the donation.

“This is a partnership between private sector company with government entity in restoring dignity in our communities by ensuring that people like Sis Maureen, a social entrepreneur, does her job with dignity and those who are accessing her services do so in a dignified environment,” he said.

Proportional representative Councillor Faba-Marman said for her, the donation was tantamount to “mission accomplished” and she was elated that Mabanga will cook in the comfort of the container and meet the needs of the destitute in her community.

I saw a chance of making a change in her life. I am very happy for her.”

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