Umqondo helps locals in need

2016-03-31 06:00
 Umqondo wamaJita members, standing at the back, donated grocery and clothing to the Langa Cheshire Home on Saturday.

Umqondo wamaJita members, standing at the back, donated grocery and clothing to the Langa Cheshire Home on Saturday.

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Umqondo wama Jita, a social and burial society based in Langa has made much needed donations of clothing and groceries to a centre for the needy in the area.

The donations, as part as of the society’s social investment, were handed over to the Langa Cheshire Home last Saturday.

Mahlubi Ngqukuvana, the chairperson of the Welfare Committee for Umqondo wamaJita, said this was part of their ongoing project to support those who are in need in areas where they do business.

They also donated school uniform to needy learners at Mokone Primary School, the same area last year.

“We decided to start in Langa, because that is where we are based, but we also have other projects in the pipeline for other areas in future. We feel very happy because it is our aim to assist our communities where we can. We are looking at the needs of our community,” Ngqukuvana said.

Mnyamezeli Badlisa, manager at Langa Cheshire Home, thanked Umqondo wamaJita for the donation.

“It will help us a lot, because are now able to save money. We are also grateful for the clothes and the inmates like them,” Badlisa said.

The centre, which was opened in 1990, is a place of rehabilitation for about 26 physically disabled residents who are coming from as far as George.

Most of the residents have spinal cord injuries and they are all on wheelchairs.

The eldest is 69 years old.

Badlisa said the centre is facing a number of challenges such as shortage of space.

“We have 13 people on the waiting list and we do not have space for them all. We could only take-in two people in the last ten years. The spaces only becomes available when a member passes away or in case a family of one of them decides to take their family member back,” he added.

Most have become permanent residents of the centre.

UMqondo wamaJita is a male headed burial society that was established in 2010.

The name “amajita” was used in the olden days to describe a group of adult males. They believe that the name was later misinterpreted and ended up being misused.

One of the objectives of the society is to be there for each other in times of grief.

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