Vukuhambe undergoes facelift

2016-07-28 06:00
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Vukuhambe Disabled Centre and Siyazama Educare for Disabled Children in Gugulethu have both received a facelift as part of commemorating Mandela Day.

The two facilities were painted, cleaned, the leaking roof replaced and given new furniture by a brewery company and officials from the City of Cape Town.

Thozamile Mciki, the manager at Vukuhambe Disabled Centre, said the centres, which are in the same yard, were in a very bad condition.

“The condition was terrible here. It was never revamped since it was built many years ago. It was used as a workshop for shop owners before we moved in in 1994. We had to dodge leaks when it rains and it was a very cold place. The windows were broken as well. We also promised by a certain political party that they would come and renovate it, but that was an empty promise. Our building is renewed now.” Mciki said.

Desmond Jacobs, from the brewery company said they were happy that they have come to make a difference in the lives of the needy.

“This is the legacy left by Nelson Mandela for us to help those who are less fortunate. We brought about one hundred of our staff members so that they will understand what is happening in communities in the city.

We want them to be exposed to the challenges that we have in the country so that they will contribute in changing their lives,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs said they do such projects every year and they ensure that they sustain them.

He said they spent R350 000 on this project alone. They also fixed the electricity in the centre which was giving problems.

Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli, of Ward 45, said: I am grateful for what they did in changing the lives of the people here,”.

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