Food project honours Mandela’s legacy

2015-07-29 06:00
FROM the left are Steven Swarts, Bridgette Murison, Marelize Beukes and Lana Myburg, all of the Vodacom Central Region’s head office. 

Sidwell Guduka

FROM the left are Steven Swarts, Bridgette Murison, Marelize Beukes and Lana Myburg, all of the Vodacom Central Region’s head office. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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VODACOM employees and stakeholders took time out of their hectic schedule to make a difference in the spirit of Mandela Day.

Express visited Grey College in Bloemfontein on Wednesday (22/07) and found them packing food parcels that were later distributed to previously disadvantaged schools.

The initiative forms part of a larger project which the Vodacom Foundation is rolling out across the nation, building on its inaugural food-security drive launched in honour of International Nelson Mandela Day in 2013.

Shameel Joosub, the company’s chief executive officer, said the project this year saw a total of 40 000 food parcels packed by his employees and distributed to schools around the country.

In the Free State, learners of the Kgauho Secondary School in Botshabelo’s C Section were recipients of the food parcels.

“This year we recognise Tata Mandela’s outstanding contribution to the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic South Africa by celebrating his example of dedication to the values that promote conflict resolution, improved race relations, human rights and gender equality,” said Joosub.

“Tata Madiba gave his life to bringing about change in the lives of the people of South Africa. In order to honour this lifetime sacrifice, our gift to him is to give our time to help make the world a better place. This is one of the best ways we can thank Tata for being an inspiration to the world.

“We will continue to work with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Department of Basic Education to inspire the world to make these values a part of culture everywhere.”

The food parcels were packed by volunteers, including members of the Toyota Cheetahs, as well as representatives of the Department of Basic Education who raced the clock to pack as many food parcels as possible within 67 minutes. Once their time was up, a new team took over.

“We would like to urge other fellow South Africans to take part in everyday, everytime and anywhere service to humanity by feeding the hungry and helping the needy,” Jasoob appealed.

The food parcels were officially handed over to the Kgauhelo Secondary by Tate Makgoe, MEC for Education

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